Monday, October 26, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008

Sometime near the end of the year, I would like to post all that I have learned and the wines that I have come to enjoy over the past two years. From a European reds only wine drinker who could not tolerate most white wines or any wines over 0% RS, to be even drinking the many wines I am now, I think I have come a long way. Much of this change or palate expansion, if there is such a term, is directly related to the wines from the Finger Lakes region on New York. Not only the white wines that they have always excelled with, but also the great accomplishments that they have achieved lately in producing quality red wines.
Tonight, Shirley baked trout with Cajun spices, cole slaw, corn and Cajun fries. Two years ago I would have never had a Riesling in the fridge, let alone think of opening one for any reason. Now I have a few and tonight I chose a 2008 Reserve Reisling from Fox Run Vineyards.
Thankfully for me, a no sugar guy, the 2008 vintage is a dry Riesling, 1.0% RS. In 30+ years as a wine drinker, I would have never believed a Riesling could be this good.
Wild aromas of topical fruits, raspberry, peach and lemon on the nose. You feel and taste all of these aromas on the palate and the finish is dry and very long. Even with a nice light Tiramisu for dessert, this wine was fantastic.
The downside of this Riesling is the price. At $30 this may be a little high for Rieslings, but this is a Reserve that is not produced every year. Only in years when ripening conditions are outstanding will this wine be produced and the 2008 is well worth it.
I'll be back to Fox Run for the annual Deck the Halls event and will definitely bring home some more.


The Wine Whore said...

Very glad to hear that you are trying different wines and expanding your palate... after all, isn't that what enjoying wine is all about! I had a sweeter white wine from Clos du Bois called Malvasia Bianca... I thought of you and wondered if it was one that you would enjoy!


joeshico said...

Thanks Randy. You're right about expanding the palate. All wines now seem much more enjoyable.
The Malvasia Bianca, on the other hand, may be a bit too sweet. I am finding that whites with <2% RS are really nice, but still can't seem to tolerate late harvest sweet wines, dessert wines or Ice wine.