kemmeter-sonnero-2012The entry-level offering from winemaker Johannes Reindhardt’s recently launched Kemmeter Wines label, the Kemmeter Wines 2012 Sonero ($14) is a friendly, fruity expression of riesling with intense aromas of juicy pear, hard lemon candies and something vaguely soapy.

Medium-light bodied with subtle mid-palate richness, the palate shows similar flavors -candied citrus and pear — with a faint gravelly mineral note. Though not flabby or cloying, there isn’t enough acidity to balance the residual sugar here, leaving the palate a bit flat and lacking verve.

Producer: Kemmeter Wines
AVA: New York
Price: $14 | Buy now from Empire State Cellars

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good)