Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2017
|Region||United States, New York, Finger Lakes|
|Brand||Hermann J. Wiemer|
A blend of all three top Riesling sites: HJW, Josef, and Magdalena. Subtle nose of spring flowers, honeysuckle and lemon zest. Zesty and cool on the palate, though showing plenty of heft at midpalate. Notes of ripe stone fruit and light chalk on the finish. Well-made and good value. 7.5 grams per liter residual sugar.
The 2017 Dry Riesling comes in with seven grams of total sugar, 5.8 of total acidity and 12% alcohol. This is a workhorse wine for Wiemer-6,100 cases produced, a blend of all of the vineyard sites and generally tending to be a third of the winery's total production, more or less. It's why co-owner Fred Merwath considers it the winery's most important bottling, and in this tricky year, the fruit for several single-vineyard sites was declassified to make this better (e.g., Josef Vineyard and Magdalena Vineyard). Perhaps as a result, it shows beautifully, with moderate tension on the long finish and a bright, balanced feel. This, like so many FLX Dry Rieslings, is a fine bargain point in the lineup. It doesn't always show the depth of the best upper-level wines, but sometimes it is not far off. It will age well too-Fred estimates that it can do 15 years. Let's be a little conservative just now and take that in stages, but he's probably right. It will certainly be better and more developed in 2021-2023.