Sheldrake_LHR Sometimes I think that dessert and ice wines are the unsung heroes of Finger Lakes wine country. True, riesling table wines are the shining stars, but there are some terrific sweet wines being made in the region too — many from riesling.

Sheldrake Point Vineyard’s Late Harvest Riesling ($20) is beautiful in the glass — a brilliant lemon-yellow and slightly viscous. The nose brings big fruit aromas of peach and pineapple with hints of honey and baking spice.

It’s sweet on the palate (8% RS) and there isn’t quite enough acidity for my tastes. Still, it’s far from cloying and is actually a bit more nimble on the palate than you might expect.

The flavors are luscious with more peach and honey, and candied grapefruit joining the party. The finish is long and sprinkled with nutmeg.

Producer: Sheldrake Point Vineyard
AVA: Finger Lakes
RS: 8%
ABV: 13.1%
Price: $20
Rating: 25
(2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)
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