Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2016: $18 Very Good to Very Good+

With its sappy-ripe peachy fruit, the Empire Estate Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $18 [Very Good to Very Good+] shows the power of the 2016 vintage.  Very dry, with well-concentrated flavors, and an interesting interplay of ripe fruit with tingly acidity and mineral notes, this is a flexible wine that can be sipped or served with food.  It improved after a day in the fridge, so consider putting a bottle away for a year or two.

Medium straw in color, tangy aromas of lemon oil, peach, state, loamy earth, and a hint of honey have good intensity.  Dry and medium bodied, this is a soft mouthful of wine; it benefits from a good dose of tingly and lightly peppery acidity.  Balance is very good.  Flavors of lemon, lime, sappy peach and a good deal of chalky mineral have very good concentration.  The finish is chalky, lip smacking, with very good length.  October 2017


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