photoPeople sometimes ask me what a “typically Finger Lakes riesling” tastes like. This Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling ($15) is a well-priced example.

Aromas of mixed apples and pears meld nicely with notes of fennel frond, lime and citrus blossom on a fresh, appealing nose.
Crunchy, racy acidity frames flavors of apple, pineapple, fennel, citrus and green melon. There is some sweetness on the midpalate, but it’s well balanced by that same acidity, finishing crisply and nearly dry with a subtle river rock minerality.
This is the kind of riesling that will appeal to a wide array of palates — from newbies to geeks. I think that’s one of the true powers of Finger Lakes riesling.
Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 11.5%
RS: 1.25%
pH: 3.04
Production: 825 cases
Release Date: May 2013
Price: $15*

(3.5 out of 5 | Very Good, Recommended to Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)