Hermann J. Wiemer “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling 2016: $36 Very Good to Very Good+

The last “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling that was truly impressive was the 2012. A complex wine, with a great deal of power — it was hedonistic thriller.  The wines since then have been pure and tasty, but polite,  not living up to their price tags.  What happened?  I certainly can’t say, but perhaps Wiemer’s policy of several pickings, each presumably at the same sugar level, has robbed the juice of richness and character.

Perhaps with more time in the cellar, this wine will develop force and character.  I certainly hope so.  There were glimmers of a greater wine after a stay in the fridge.  In the meantime, drink Wiemer’s 2016 “Reserve” Riesling, which is less expensive and currently much more satisfying.

The Hermann J. Wiemer “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $36 [Very Good to Very Good+] is medium yellow in color, with aromas of ripe apple, honey, earth, and hints of citrus and charcoal.  Medium bodied, medium dry,  but with a light mouth feel, balance is good.  Flavors of ripe apple, apricot, honey, loamy earth, and hints of charcoal are quite pure with very good intensity, but overly polite; they don’t enchant.  The finish is a bit awkward, with good to very good length.  March 2018


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