Boundary Breaks “No. 239” Riesling 2014: $20 Very Good+

The Boundary Breaks “No. 239, Single Vineyard” Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) $20 [Very Good+] is restrained, very well balanced, and richly flavored.  It has the power to conquer heavier foods, and worked like a charm with a flavorful bowl of Penne with Curry-Roasted Cauliflower and Raisins.  Certainly very drinkable and enjoyable now, this wine seems to need a year or two of age to show its full mettle.

Medium to dark lemon in color, the aromas are dense and restrained, with nose tickling sulfur (initially), lemon oil, pineapple, honey and smoky mineral.  It is somewhat unusual for dry Finger Lakes Rieslings to show honeyed notes, but in this case it is an indication of the ripeness of the grapes and the richness of this wine, rather than sweetness.  Medium bodied, medium-dry, with some spritz-y acidity, balance is impressive.  Flavors of ripe grapefruit, lemon oil, pineapple, honey and a smoky mineral note have a good deal of richness and easily match heavy food flavors.  The finish is dense, almost oily, with very good length.  April 2016 


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