Brotherhood_03dryriesI love riesling…particularly those from the Mosel (in Germany) and those from the Finger Lakes. I drink riesling all the time and love its food-friendliness and relatively affordable quality. You can get top-flight riesling for a fraction of the cost of similar quality Bordeaux, California Cab, etc.

Over the weekend I tasted The Brotherhood Winery’s 2004 Dry Riesling ($10) and had reasonably high hopes. Why? Well, I remember thinking a previous vintage, tasted at their tasting room in the Hudson Valley, was pretty good for ten bucks. Plus, this wine was made from Finger Lakes fruit…

Well I was definitely disappointed.

Crystal-clear pale yellow with a slightly straw tint

Faintly floral with some citrus and wet stone

Light body and tart to the point of being a little sour on the finish. Lacks fruit, with only a little under-ripe apple/pear and sour lemon. Light acid. Reminds me of a cheap pinot grigio in some ways.


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