Friday, February 15, 2013

Sheldrake Point Dry Riesling 2011

Seems that whenever I start opening my Finger Lakes white wines, it gets a little difficult to stop.  I try to stick with red wines during the coldest time of the year, but lately, I've been putting my reds aside and finishing up my favorite white wines.
Tonight it was a multiple award winning Sheldrake Point dry Riesling 2011 ($16).  I reviewed the 2009 vintage about two years ago.   Also, this is one of the samples that was part of the Riesling launch celebration and virtual tasting this past September.  Loved the wine on that evening, so I picked up a few more in December at the winery.   Sheldrake Point Winery produces distinctive estate wines that showcase the quality of their Finger Lakes vineyard. Each of their estate wines is crafted to take advantage of the flavor and character of  the grapes grown on their 44-acre site overlooking Cayuga Lake.

It is being served tonight with a simple chicken stir-fry over rice.  I spice my portion up a little by adding some jalepeno slices.   I use the peppers in order to avoid the sodium rich soy sauce that was a mainstay for my stir-fry at one time.
On the nose I found lots of floral like aromas with some peach and mango.  A little lemon grass on the palate with some ripe delicious apple and a mix of passion fruit and mango.  Finish was medium with a touch of slate and lemon zest.  Pairing was nice.  I think it would have paired better with the soy sauce.  Suggested pairings would be with Asian food, chicken, salmon and tuna.  I also enjoyed later with a few light cheese bites. Very Highly Recommended.

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