2012 Ravines Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

SKU #1136244 91 points Wine Spectator

 *#33 on theTop 100 Wines of 2013 and a Smart Buys designation* Shows good weight and drive, with Asian pear, fennel and Fuji apple notes carried by lively acidity. Delivers lots of cut on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 3,500 cases made.  (10/ 2013)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/6/2013  | Send Email
Whoa! Reeeally good, dry Riesling from New York?! YES! White peach, apricot, and citrus with a nervy mineral backbone--racy acidity and dry, dry, dry. So good. Awesome with fish tacos, grilled chicken, or a cheese platter (hello, holiday entertaining!). A Riesling with true versatility. Sub $20?? Get it while you can!
Top Value!

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/6/2013  | Send Email
The Finger Lakes AVA, similar in climate to the Rhine region in Germany, produces spectacular wines across the board. This Ravines Dry Riesling shows off the region perfectly. Vibrant, full of pear and apricot notes, with a crisp and totally dry finish, this wine is a real crowd pleaser!

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!

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

New York

- Grape production is a significant part of this North Eastern state's agricultural economy. New York produces more wine than any other state in the US, with the exception of California. The wine market in New York City is also one of the world's most competitive, and this has inspired the growth of many small, private wineries throughout the state's producing regions (Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, and the Hudson River). Another interesting development is the introduction of an entirely new region along the eastern end of Long Island.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5