By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief

Wiemer_08dryrieslingHermann J. Wiemer is what I call an "any vintage" winery.

What I mean is that, regardless of the conditions throughout the growing season, this is a winery that can be counted on for good wines. They truly do the best with what Mother Nature gives, even if she doesn't give much.

Making good wines even in lesser years is a testament to co-owner and winemaker Fred Merwarth's talents and attention to detail. 

So what happens in good years, like 2008 for Finger Lakes rieslings?

Wines like this one happen.

This Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 Dry Riesling ($17.50) is Wiemer's 'regular' dry bottling, but it's anything but ordinary.

The nose erupts with classic Finger Lakes character — bright lime, Kaffir lime leaf, lemon zest and grapefruit aromas with an undercurrent of wet slate minerality. 

In a mouth-watering, Kabinett style, the palate is dry (.8% RS) with electric acidity that is both balanced and integrated. Lime flavors drive the palate with white grapefruit and slightly less minerality than the nose might indicate. There is also a distinct flavor that reminds me of the candy shell on sugar-coated almonds

This wine shows great length and has a bright-but-smooth finish, begging for another sip — as well as a place on the lunch or dinner table.

Producer: Hermann J. Wiemer
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 12%

Price: $17.50*
(4 out of 5 | Delicious, Distinctive

(*Ratings Guide)