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Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2016

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An aromatic nose with slate, mineral and peach stone. Floral, mineral and tree fruit on the palate. Very attractive Finger Lakes Dry Riesling that is drinking well now and can cellar for 3-5 years. Riesling is the flagship variety of the Finger Lakes and produced in this dry and elegant style refreshing, intriguing and satisfying. Crisp, dry and aromatic, this wine shows classic Finger Lakes style. Flavors of orange peel, apricot, and lemon curd fill the palate, while aromas reminiscent of pink grapefruit, key lime, and ripe pineapple are present in the nose. This wine is an expression of the perfect climate for growing Riesling. Enjoy it today or for years to come as is ages elegantly in the bottle.

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The 2016 Dry Riesling was sourced from Lahoma Vineyard on Seneca Lake. It comes in with just three grams per liter of residual sugar (a little less than the 2015) and 7.1 grams of total acidity (even higher than the 2015) and 13% alcohol. The winery said this was intentionally left a bit smoky on the nose during fermentation and via lees' aging to support the fullness of fruit.
It's steely and focused with precision that belies its category, yet there is also fine fruit to go with the mouthwatering finish. I'm a little warier of that smoky nuance, not my favorite aromatic characteristic, but it seemed minor even on opening to the point where I had to think about it. The next day, that was insignificant, and hopefully it stays that way. More importantly, the wine also blossomed in general. Actually, it exploded. It showed a crisper edge but a much better expression of fruit as well. It seems full in the mouth, intense and perfectly balanced. While it may not be quite as deep as a couple of the upper-level Rieslings from Red Newt this issue, it holds its own surprisingly well.
Overall, this is a beauty. It may age extremely well if well stored. Give it a year or two in the cellar if you can so that it fulfills its promise better. If you get smoky nuances when you open it at that point, hopefully not, here's a likely remedy: air will typically help, preferably recorked overnight in the fridge. At the moment, it is a super bargain. Let's lean up.
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Red Newt Cellars wines are produced from Finger Lakes grapes sourced from our neighboring grape growers whom we have long term relationships. Vinification occurs here, underneath the Red Newt tasting room.
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As the most historic wine-producing region in New York state, winemaking in the Finger Lakes area dates back to the 1820s and today as a region, accounts for 90% of the state’s total wine production.

Its narrow and deep lakes created by the movement of Ice Age glaciers create an environment similar to the classic Riesling-loving regions of Europe, namely Germany and Austria. The Finger Lakes retain summer heat that incidentally warms up cold winter air, making it fall down from the lakes’ steep slopes. When spring comes, the lakes, already cooled by cold winter weather, stave off vine budding until the danger of frost has subsided. The main lakes of the zone, that is those big enough to moderate the climate in this way, are the focal points of prime vineyard areas. They include Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga.

While Riesling has fueled most of the region’s success, today Pinot noir and Cabernet Franc enjoy some attention.

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