Agness Semi-Dry Riesling 2015: $16 Fair+ to Good

To my recollection, I’ve never put a “semi-dry” wine in the “dry and medium dry" category.  Semi-dry wines are nearly always sweet.  But the Agness Wine Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $16 [Fair+ to Good] is relatively dry, and its sharp stony mineral notes add to the perception of dryness. This wine was a bit of a puzzle, not showing well on day one.  It improved somewhat in the refrigerator after being open a day, exhibiting more apricot fruit, so perhaps it just needs cellar time to come into its own.

Medium lemon in color, with green tints, there are sweet & soft aromas of apple, pear, apricot, honey, and anise, touched by a bit of citrus and a sharp mineral note.  Light bodied, medium dry, with a soft and silky mouth feel, balance is OK.  Flavors run strongly to the savory side — stony, herbal, and bitter — with fruit (apple, white peach, honey) relegated to the rear.  The finish is somewhat bitter, ungainly, with so-so length.  July 2016


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