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Hermann J. Wiemer Josef Vineyard Riesling 2014

  • JS93
  • W&S92
  • WS90
  • WE90
750ML / 12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Josef Vineyard is home to the longest established Riesling plantings on the estate. These mature vines produce wines of intense flavor through lower yields and longer hang times. Josef's ideal slope, deep soils, and proximity to the lake add further to the site's potential ripeness. The result is a Riesling of truly unique character. Tropical acidities and firm mineral structure underpin a giving, stone fruit palate. The weight and spread gained from these late pickings enhance its textural mouthfeel. In turns floral and spicy, the aromatic depth f the Riesling Josef Vineyard will increase significantly over time.

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JS 93
James Suckling
This is more opulent (think ripe apricots and mangoes) with a richer texture that still masks the crisp acidity a bit. A couple more years of patience will surely be rewarded though. Also capable of long ageing.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Coming in half-dry, with 6.2 percent residual sugar, this is plush and golden, with a sweetly botrytized apricot scent and generous, ripe-fruited apple and pear flavors. It seems almost excessive, but the richness becomes compact and focused on the finish—an impressive feat, and a match for chicken curry. (125 cases)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Quite ripe, featuring a forward, off-dry feel, with quince, almond and creamed apple notes. Has enough freshness to push through the rounded finish, where a heather detail chimes in.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
A thread of caramelized sugar laces elegantly throughout this perfumed, peachy wine. Slicked with honey, the palate is unctuously ripe but balanced neatly by a bracing strike of lime and lemon acidity. The finish is long, lingering on a kiss of floral blossoms.
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Hermann Wiemer was born in Bernkastel, Germany into a family with 300 years experience in making the distinguished vinifera wines of the Mosel Valley. He arrived in the United States in 1968 already well versed in the European tradition of fine winemaking. To this heritage he added the skill of grafting fragile vinifera vines onto sturdy American rootstock.

In 1973 he bought 140 acres on the west side of Seneca Lake, which he planted with a variety of European vinifera grapevines. Visitors who wish to see these vines, along with ponds and the six acre nursery, can take the popular Vineyard Walk through the property.

The Winery, which produces 12,000 cases each year, was designed in 1982 by an award winning team of Cornell architects. Enclosed within the shell of a seventy-year-old scissor-trussed barn, it accommodates a laboratory, tasting and retail sales, a wine production area and a private tasting room. Its unique white cathedral-like interior counterpoints the bare wooden walls and sleek Italian stainless steel tanks.

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Increasingly garnering widespread and well-deserved attention, New York ranks third in wine production in the United States (after California and Washington). Divided into six AVAs—the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River, Long Island, Champlain Valley of New York and the Niagara Escarpment, which crosses over into Michigan as well as Ontario, Canada—the state experiences varied climates, but in general summers are warm and humid while winters are very cold and can carry the risk of frost well into the growing season.

The Finger Lakes region has long been responsible for some of the country’s finest Riesling, and is gaining traction with elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experimentation with cold-hardy European varieties is common, and recent years have seen the successful planting of grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Saperavi (from the Eastern European country of Georgia). Long Island, on the other hand, has a more maritime climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and shares some viticultural characteristics with Bordeaux. Accordingly, the best wines here are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for excellent ice wines, usually made from the hybrid variety, Vidal.

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