Wine Enthusiast 92
"Under the leadership of the Hermann J. Wiemer team, this entry-level, off-dry Riesling is an outstanding success. A boisterous, perfumed nose yields aromas of citrus blossoms, pomelo, lemon oil, tangerine and fresh yellow apple. The juicy palate gives way to ripples of juicy pear, apple and pineapple flavors, lifted by a persistent vein of orange-laden acidity. It's impeccably balanced and incredibly concentrated and fresh, with a gentle stoniness riding underneath it all. While enjoyable now, it has the structure and fruit to hold well through 2030."
“Sourced from our younger riesling vineyard, this wine displays primary fruit character and a compelling freshness. This Riesling showcases the varietal’s uncanny ability to balance vibrant acidity with ripe fruit flavors. The perfect sweetness with juicy acidity and a textured mouthfeel, pair this with all manner of spicy dishes or enjoy on its own.“ ~winery notes
Sustainable Vineyards, 11.5% Alcohol
Standing Stone Vineyards is integral to the heritage and future of the Finger Lakes region. Located on the Eastern slopes of Seneca Lake, the site is not only visually stunning but also ideal vineyard land. Factors such as proximity to the lake, slope, and soil type are vital components that contribute to moderating lake effects and ripening, and contribute to the distinct nature of our wines.
Standing Stone Vineyards embraces the pioneering spirit of Charles Fournier and Guy Devaux, the Gold Seal winemakers who planted Chardonnay and Riesling on our site in the early 1970s. Our production showcases all that this exceptional site has to offer, from classic styles made from some of the oldest vinifera plantings in the region, to more innovative offerings made from lesser known varietals, like Saperavi.
In order to achieve the purest expression of place, we implement low intervention practices, both in the cellar and in our farming methods. We have increased biodiversity and ecosystem health and eliminated synthetic inputs. It is an exciting time to delve into what this farm has to offer and we invite you to taste the wines, and explore with us.
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Standing Stone Vineyards is the realization of a vision – to grow and craft world class Riesling and Gewurztraminer in the Finger Lakes. That vision led Tom and Marti Macinski to this very special farm, originally planted by Gold Seal Vineyards in the early 1970s. The planting of Riesling and Chardonnay was preceded by 3 years of research on sites throughout the Finger Lakes, by industry leaders Charles Fournier and Guy DeVeaux. The Gold Seal research and planting, and Macinski's vision of world class wines contributed to the Finger Lakes recognition as a world class wine growing region.
About Standing Stone Vineyards
Marti-and-Tom-Rieslingsm"We decided to enter the wine business because we believe that
the Finger Lakes region can grow wines that are among the best
in the world."
Tom & Marti Macinski, Owners
In 1991, we purchased historic vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. A long line of venerable vintners spent years researching the quality of these lands. We followed in their footsteps by growing wines in the same historic vineyards that served Gold Seal Vineyards so well in the past. History became our best teacher, for conditions on the rolling hillsides above Seneca Lake proved ideal for growing and harvesting premium grapes and subsequently crafting heavenly wines. In just a few short years, our boutique winery began to make history with a prized selection of award-winning wines. Our wines continue to reap honors and critical acclaim on the wine circuit, but we've only just begun to show our potential. We plan to move into the history of the future, with the great vineyards of the world, bringing much deserved recognition to the new world-class wines of the Finger Lakes.
From ripe, richly flavored grapes we produce premium wines – each year making slightly more wine which is better than the preceding vintage. Our first crush, in 1993, yielded only 800 cases, which was quickly discovered and sold out in just 12 short weeks.
We now produce about 8000 cases, allowing us to bring wine to you in more locations. We always encourage you to visit the winery, drink in the view, and enjoy the current vintage. Tour our 41 acres of vineyards. Learn how we carefully nurture the fruit of the vine through the fall and winter, and into summer, in a way that allows the best features of that fruit to show through in the finished wine.
The wines are made and sold in renovated barns. The white wines are made in stainless steel tanks, allowing temperature control of fermentation and cellaring, and the red wines and Chardonnay are made in oak barrels – primarily American Oak. We spend many hours tasting the wines, both to follow their progress, and to assess the blends. We believe that the hands-on, vineyard based approach to our wines results in a superior wine finished in the bottle. You can tour our facility, often including a visit with someone from the winemaking team, and often including samples of the current vintage from barrels or tanks.