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"The 2014 Riesling Semi-Dry is, said the winemaker, Wiemer's version of a Kabinett. It still seems largely dry-ish, if not exactly dry. This is a notable drop-off from the Reserves and single-vineyard wines, as you might expect, but it drinks very well. There is not the same level of tension on the finish or precision at the start, but it is not flabby and it tastes great. As with everything Wiemer makes, this will age pretty well, perhaps better than anticipated. From top to bottom, oldies to new releases, this may well have been my single best tasting while up in the Finger Lakes. It wasn't my first trip to Wiemer, but it was certainly the most interesting. There were, to be sure, some close contenders and different points where I could argue the matter vis-a-vis other lineups. When all is said and done, though, this was simply a terrific array. The Wiemer winery and winemaker Fred Merwath are firing on all cylinders and have been for some time. This is one of the region's indisputable flagships – one of its greatest estates."
" Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this delicate, fruit-forward wine reveals the classic flavors of the varietal. The Riesling grape is known for expressing well in any range, from dry to sweet. Our semi-dry style exhibits a rich mouthfeel and a satisfying finish. Its mango-like juiciness makes this crowd-pleasing wine appropriate for summer sipping, or for pairing with myriad full-flavored foods. " ~ Winery notes
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.