Kemmeter Wines 2012 “Sheldrake Point Vineyard” Riesling ($24) is a classy, expertly balanced riesling from what will likely go down as a classic riesling vintage in the Finger Lakes — one that shows ripeness and intensity without the flabby softness of some other warmer seasons.

Mixed citrus — tangering, lemon and lime — aromas are layered with notes of pear, green apple, papaya and wet river stones on an expressive-but-restrained nose.

Medium bodied with subtle sweetness that is balanced by juicy acidity, the palate shows intricate citrus and pomme fruit flavors that match the nose. There is a precision and purity here makes it a standout. The finish is long, with the kind of rocky, saline minerality that compels you to take another sip. And another.

Producer: Kemmeter Wines
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 11.3%
IRF: Medium Dry
Price: $24 | Buy now from Empire State Cellars


(4 out of 5, Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)