boundary-breaks-2011-ovidSometimes, single-vineyard (or I suppose single-clone) wines just aren’t compelling. Sometimes they are nothing more than marketing ploys that attempt to create faux-distinctiveness where there isn’t any.

Now that I’ve tasted all of the Boundary Breaks Vineyard‘s first set of single-vineyard and single-vineyard rieslings, I can say that these wines aren’t hollow constructs. They are clearly made with purpose.

Boundary Breaks Vineyard 2011 Ovid Line North Riesling ($20) offers an interesting nose of Red Delicious apple, under-ripe strawberry and perfume-y flowers.

Light-to-medium bodied in the mouth, it offers flavors of  more apple and under-ripe strawberry but also musk melon. Frothy acidity balances subtle sweetness fairly well, but I’m left wanting a bit more verve. The finish is nearly dry with a distinct gravelly note — but isn’t particularly lengthy.

Producer: Boundary Breaks Vineyard
AVA: Finger Lakes
Clone(s): Geisenheim 239 and 110
Brix: 21
ABV: 10.6%
RS: 1.7%
IRF: Medium Dry

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)