hosmer-2012-dry-rieslingThe last wine I sampled during that Finger Lakes 2012 riesling virtual tasting last week (there was one more wine, but my bottle was horribly corked) was this Hosmer Winery 2012 Dry Riesling ($15), which initially reminded me a bit of the first wine from the tasting, but ultimately impressed me much more.

A bit tightly wound on the nose, there are hints of lemon-lime soda, saltwater, green apple, just-ripe peach and fennel here, but the nose isn’t particularly effusive.

Dry and vivacious, the palate is mouthwatering in its mingling of bright citrus character with green melon, just-ripe peach, herbs and a crunch, snappy mouthfeel. The finish is dry and saline. Though probably best enjoyed by high-acid riesling geeks — it is a bit austere — it would probably shine with food.

Producer: Hosmer Winery
AVA: Cayuga Lake
ABV: 11.8%
Residual Sugar: .25%
TA: 8.2 g/l
pH: 2.9
Price: $15*

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)