Now my summer is finally getting started. Tonight I opened my first two 2011 Finger Lakes Rieslings. Early in the evening we opened a 2011 dry Riesling from Ravines Wine Cellars($15) on Keuka Lake. This was tasted with chicken quesadillas loaded with lots of cheese and jalapeno peppers.
Color on the Ravines was a little darker than what I usually see on these wines, but still very bright and very aromatic. Aroma at first was a little heavy on the mineral, but in a very short time in the glass that changed. Lots of lemon and floral (orange blossom) on the nose with some slate. The palate was all lemon, a very refreshing lemon with some honey notes. A medium finish with citrus and honey. A very typical Finger Lakes Riesling. A very nice wine, but at best, just very good, not great. I think that many times I just want more from every Finger Lakes Riesling I taste and many times that does happen.
After finishing the first wine, I was looking for something that might meet my expectations, so I uncorked another 2011 dry Riesling from Dr Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars.($13) Hey Bono, I found what I was looking for.
A very bright color of pale yellow with a green hue and very Finger Lakes like aromas of lemon, tangerine, honeysuckle and slate. Nice acid with lots of lemon, some lime with hints of pineapple in the mouth. Enjoyed how this wine felt in the mouth with a little taste of honey. This is why Finger Lakes Rieslings are now getting the world wide respect that they deserve. Finish could have been a little longer, but the orange, lime and honey was so damn delicious it was not an issue. I had to nibble on a few bites of cheese while finishing this Riesling. First a smokey Gouda, which was very nice, then a favorite Champagne Cheddar from Yancey's Fancy Cheese which also paired very nicely.
I have a few more '11 Rieslings in the fridge and can't wait to open. How did I miss the start of summer until now? I guess I'll just have to make up for time lost. Poor me!!!