You wouldn’t know it to look at the front label, but this wine is produced by winemaker Aaron Roisen at Hosmer Winery. It’s an interesting branding decision, which is another discussion for another day, but this is really just how Hosmer has decided to do a single-vineyard riesling — which are all the rage in the Finger Lakes these days.
Actually, it’s a single three-acre section of Hosmer’s Patrician Verona Vineyard, which is located on the western side of Cayuga Lake.
I really like the nose, which shows bright, fresh aromas of lime, rainwater, under-ripe honeydew and a lightly savory herbal edge.
Dry and crispy at the edges, the palate is driven by citrus flavors — lime and grapefruit — with understated tropical notes. As the wine warms, the savory herbs become a bit of a dijointed distraction, but not overwhelmingly so.
The juicy, dry finish lingers nicely with more citrus notes and a bit more of that rainwater quality.
AVA: Cayuga Lake