Randolph O’Neill Dry Riesling 2014: $23 Good+

The Randolph O’Neill Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) $23 [Good+] is a bit of an outlier in the world of dry Finger Lakes Riesling, with its honeyed aromas and earthy accents.  It is definitely not in the zippy lemon/lime school of Riesling.  Low-key, gentle, and not especially intense, the O'Neill does have very good balance, which is a plus.  It is best as a sipper or with lighter foods.

Bright medium lemon in color, the low-key aromas show notes of apple, honey, earth and a just a bit of citrus.  Light bodied, off-dry to medium dry, the O’Neill is satiny soft.  Good lemony acidity and a touch of spritz keep the wine in balance.  Notably earthy, the delicate low-key flavors of yellow apple, lemon, honey and earth have modest intensity and complexity.  The finish is earthy, with a little lemon tang and average length.  September 2015.

Note:  This wine becomes too earthy and wooly after a night in the fridge.  Drink it in one day.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014