Vinepair 94 Top 100 #19
"The nose on this wine is full of floral, honey, and citrus notes that will awaken your senses. Punchy on the palate, it’ll make you want to pair it with a light and spicy snack, like baked fish with curry spices. Its frothy acidity is just alive enough to balance the fruity depth.”
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"The 2019 Dry Riesling comes in with seven grams of residual sugar and 12% alcohol. This is a blend of vineyards: 20% HJW vineyard, 25% Magdalena vineyard, 35% Josef vineyard and 20% Kasper vineyard. In the Finger Lakes, a mere seven grams of sugar can be diced, sliced and swallowed up–and that's what happened here. Dry and a little steely, this shows off its purity and freshness most of all. It lacks anything resembling the charm of the 2019 Semi-Dry Riesling this report, and it is certainly far more backward. Indeed, it is likely to be better this time next year or even later in 2021. In the meanwhile, it shows off laser-like focus and a bright finish. For what amounts to the winery's entry-level Dry Riesling, this is awfully good and a very nice value point in the lineup. I do think, after tasting them all again the next day, that the pricier wines here are more interesting and will eclipse this in time, but for the moment this competes well. It might well surprise us as time goes on, but it's a bit too closed right now to be certain of that. There were 6,000 cases produced."
"Our signature Riesling is vibrant and aromatic, featuring the distinctive minerality that has become our trademark. Fragrant essence of spring blossoms sets the stage for a succulent palate of early fruit, balanced with a refreshing crispness, revealing the true qualities of the Riesling grape. A brilliant texture carries into a lingering finish, in a wine that accommodates a wide range of food. " ~ Winery notes
The signature Riesling from Wiemer is a vibrant, aromatic wine, featuring a distinctive mineral quality that has become the winerys trademark. Exceptional grapes are chosen from each of the three vineyard locations, 65 HJW Vineyard, 23 Josef Vineyard, and 12 Magdalena Vineyard, and then fermented in small lots and blended to ensure texture and balance. This wine is crafted to serve as an emblem of the standard of quality that has become tradition at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. The wine is harvested at a Sptlese level of ripeness and then whole cluster pressed, cold fermented for 3+ months until dry, unfined and unfiltered, and finishes with a 0.9 RS and 12 ABV.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION:100 Riesling
ESTATE VINEYARDS:65 HJW, 23 Josef, 12 Magdalena
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME:12.00
VINIFICATION:Cold fermentation 3+ months, Estate grown & bottled, No fining or filtering agents, Whole Cluster Press, Cold fermentation 3+ months, Estate grown & bottled, No fining or filtering agents, Whole Cluster Press
Hermann J. Wiemer WineryView all from Hermann J. Wiemer Winery
Hermann was born to make wine. His mother's family had over 300 years of winemaking experience in the Mosel, and his father was responsible for restoring vines in that region after World War II. Hermann grew up learning to graft vines by hand with his father before attending prestigious German winemaking and viticultural institutions. When Hermann moved to New York he discovered that the western shore of Seneca Lake was quite similar to the cool climate and gravelly soils of the Mosel. Using his grafting skills, Wiemer planted one of the first successful vinifera vineyards on Seneca Lake in 1976. His dedication and attention to detail allowed the project to thrive, and Hermann J. Wiemer has become known as a premier domestic Riesling producer.
Since 2007, the winery has been run by Hermann's longtime apprentice Fred Merwarth and the agronomist Oskar Bynke. Fred works to further Hermann's vision by precise and thorough vineyard management and winemaking, while Oskar focuses on winery operations.
The wines of Hermann J. Wiemer are stunning, pure Rieslings that speak of Seneca Lake with more than a little reference to the Mosel. The grapes are grown in three distinct estate vineyards that take advantage of the various microclimates and aspects of the western shore of Seneca Lake. The original 1976 vineyard, HJW, is where the winery resides. The Josef and Magdalena vineyards are about 10 miles north and differ greatly in slope, soil, and vine age. From the Dry Riesling which blends the vineyards together to the single vineyard offerings, Hermann J. Wiemer deserves a place amongst the great wines of not only America but also the world.