Lakewood Riesling 2014: $12 Fair+ to Good

The Lakewood Vineyards Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) $12 [Fair+ to Good] is impressively sweet-fruited and honeyed in the aromas and flavors, but the wine’s appeal is undercut by dirty/earthy notes and a lack of refreshing acidity.

Medium lemon in color, the nose is weighty, with aromas of stone fruit, tropical fruit, lemon and honey.  The appeal of the aromas is reduced by some dirty/bitter scents.  Light bodied, medium sweet, and slightly spritz-y, the wine could use a bit more enlivening acidity.  Flavors of peach, tropical fruit, citrus and honey have some substance but the appeal is reduced by an earthy, “dirty,” bitter note.  The finish is of a piece and on the short side.  September 2015

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© Douglas Hillstrom 2014