By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2013 | Send Email
It is no secret that I love Riesling, always have, always will. But Riesling is a mystery to most wine drinkers. Too many of you have been burned by sickly sweet, no acid, unbalanced disgusting Rieslings and for that I am truly sorry. It is a shame that one wine has can ruin someone’s opinion forever, especially when it comes to one of the most noble, and varied, of all grape varietals. So with that in mind I’m hoping people will give this Ravines Dry Riesling a legitimate try. Ravines has easily been one of the best Finger Lakes wineries we’ve seen distributed this far west, consistently over delivering on quality and value. The Cabernet Franc they make is top notch not only for the area but on a national level and obviously the Rieslings can hold their own with anyone out there on a worldly level. This Dry Riesling is truly dry clocking in at 0.03% residual sugar. Fresh and lively on the nose with lifting aromatics of nectarine, quince and white sage this wine instantly made me crave traditional German food. Open and inviting with forward flavors of orange flesh, peach, apricot and mango this Riesling has tons of fruit but also brisk acidity to keep everything tied together. Broad and complex this is not a linear, one trick pony kind of Riesling but has a great meshing of stone, sweet pea and herbal undertones throughout the finish. A tremendous wine for an even more tremendous price, plus you get the added bonus of actually being able to buy something off of the 2013 Wine Spectator Top 100 list, this wine checked in at #33!