Sheldrake-2009-dryriesling By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor

Finger Lakes riesling. 2009 vintage.

I won't pretend to have tasted every riesling made in the Finger Lakes in 2009, but I have yet to find one that I'd turn down, with many more in my tasting queue for coming weeks.

I enjoyed this Sheldrake Point 2009 Dry Riesling ($15) so much — especialy for the money — that I put it in the Times Union New York Wine Club shipment for May.

Brisk and lightly floral, the nose shows lime and citrus blossom aromas with intense green apple character and hints of fennel frond and lavender.

Medium-light in body, the palate is dry, citrusy and snappy with great acidity framing flavors of lime, grapefruit, green apple and more herbal hints. The finish is medium-long, seriously mouth watering and shows just a hint of slate minerality.

Producer: Sheldrake Point Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 11.8%
RS: .6%
TA: 10.5 g/L
pH: 2.86
Price: $15*
Rating: 90

(*Ratings Guide)