Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2014: $20 Very Good

Retasted April 2016:  Predictions about a wine’s development can be difficult (see original tasting note below).  This wine is certainly better balanced than in May 2015, but greater depth has not emerged with time.  In fact, the opposite is the case.  A very well balanced and pleasant sipper, drink it along or with light-intensity foods.  [Very Good]

First tasted May 2015:  The Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Dry Riesling (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $20 [Very Good+] is the first of the 2014 Dry Rieslings to be tasted.  It is quite different in style from the 2013, which was a pretty, gentle, open-knit wine.  This bottle, by contrast, is restrained, a bit steely, more tightly wound, with impressive balance, but slower to show its charms.  Quite pleasant to drink now, this 2014 will probably be better with some age, and is a step up from the 2013 in terms of quality and age ability.

Medium lemon yellow in color, the Wiemer is slightly cloudy with a bit of fizz.  Aromas of lemon oil, lime, citrus zest, fruit cocktail, waxy/yeasty notes and chalky mineral are subtle but quite attractive.  Medium bodied, plump, and medium dry, there is substantial spritz-y acidity and a relatively “tight” mouth feel.  It is very well balanced.  Solid flavors of lemon oil, lime, white peach, citrus zest and chalky mineral have substance and a tough/steely demeanor, but the wine becomes more friendly with air.  The finish is lemony-tart, very well balanced, with impressive length. Don’t rush to drink this wine.  Time on the shelf or cellar may well bring improvement.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014