Hermann J. Wiemer “Reserve” Dry Riesling 2014: $29 Very Good+

The Hermann J. Wiemer “Reserve” Dry Riesling (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $29 [Very Good+] is a very soft wine with nice balance and generous honeyed apple-y flavors.  In character, it is much like the regular Riesling, but bigger, weightier, with more flavor.  As much as I enjoyed sipping this wine, it was not very successful at the dinner table.  It lacks the necessary force and acidity to work well with most foods. Imbibe it alone, or with light or sweet snacks.

Medium lemon-yellow in color, the nose includes relatively little citrus.  Instead, the aromas have a ripe honeyed character, dominated by yellow apple, pear, honey, and hints of anise and chalky loam.  Medium bodied, off-dry to medium dry, with a full mouth feel and fairly low acidity, balance is very good in a soft easy-going style.  Flavors of ripe yellow apple, white peach, pineapple, honey, and lesser notes of anise and chalky loam show good richness, poise, and an appealing harmony.  The finish is well balanced, a bit spicy, with very good length.  Flavors linger.  April 2016

Note: This wine showed best on day 1 and was less impressive after a night in the fridge.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014