Wine Tasting September 9, 4-7

This week we are tasting Rieslings from New York, New Zealand, North Carolina and Oregon.

Ravines Riesling
Ravines is a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the craft of fine classical winemaking, wines that express the unique qualities of the vineyard sites, the growing season and the wine maker’s vision. Ravines Riesling is grown in limestone and shale store soils on the steep slopes surrounding the Finger Lakes. It is an elegant, dry style with delicate aromatics, distinctive minerality and bright acidity.

Lawson’s Dry Hill
Lawson’s Dry Hills is a family owned Marlborough winery producing premium quality wines that exhibit excellent depth of flavor and varietal expression. This Riesling is produced from the free draining soils of the Waihopai Valley vineyard where the unique microclimate produces elegant wines with wonderful aromatics. This 2013 Riesling is off-dry and has lemon blossom, lime, and nectarine aromas with bright acidity and flinty minerality balanced by just a hint of sweetness.

Shelton Vineyards Riesling
The 2015 semi-sweet, Yadkin Valley Riesling has the aromas and flavors of green apple and pear, with a hint of luscious guava and ripe pineapple. Balanced with crisp acidity throughout, and served slightly chilled, our Riesling will engage and delight the palate. This surprisingly versatile wine pairs with shrimp, poultry, spicy dishes and Asian cuisine.

North by Northwest Riesling
This family has been crafting well-made and varietally-true wines from their Oregon winery for almost 25 years. This wine is balanced between acidity, natural sweetness and structure. The 2014 Riesling has a refreshing acidity upon entry coupled with a mellow sweetness that leads into a supple wine in the mid palate. Notes of lime and rose petal punctuate this dry style wine with a layered and lingering finish. Color: straw yellow Nose: floral, apricot, orange peel, lime, lavender, passion fruit, pineapple, clove Flavors: peach, pineapple, rose petal, orange blossoms, mineral.