Hermann J. Wiemer “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling 2014: $36 Very Good to Very Good+

One must admire the purity and balance of the Hermann J. Wiemer “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling (Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $36 [Very Good to Very Good+], but the price is very high, and it is presently rather polite and understated.  The power, opulence and hedonistic thrill of the 2012 Magdalena seem very remote.  This Magdalena lacks the force and acidity to be successful with food, and is better as a sipper.  If you decide to buy a bottle, put it away for a couple of years.  It seems likely to develop more force and complexity with time.  Don't drink it now.

Medium lemon-yellow in color, the aromas are pure and moderately intense, showing scents of lemon candy, lime, yellow apple, citrus zest, honey, soil, and a pronounced metallic note, which becomes less prominent with air.  Medium bodied, medium dry, with light tangy acidity, balance is good.  Flavors of lemon candy, apple, honey, earth and a metallic note have a light-weight feel and good intensity, but lack force.  The finish has a weightless quality, with nice balance, medium intensity and good length, ending on a spicy/earthy note.  June 2016


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