Wine Tasting Video: New York State Riesling

Paumanok Dry Riesling 2010, North Fork, Long Island (£19.94 Wine Equals Friends)
Clean, sappy style, light, just off-dry and refreshing with notes of ripe citrus (lime) and a dusting of icing sugar, nice structure, but not huge complexity. B

Hermann J Wiemer Riesling Reserve Dry 2010, Finger Lakes (£22.49 Wine Equals Friends)
Good combination of quite weighty apple, peach, pear and guava and more precise minerality and citrus acidity, full in body but finishes with fresh, zesty aplomb. S

The Grapes of Roth Riesling 2009, Long Island (£20.99 Wine Equals Friends)
Beautifully balanced style with classic sweet and sour tension, very ripe (is there some late harvest fruit here?) with notes of candied orange peel, lemon and rhubarb pepped up with floral aromas and with the light sweetness and rich flavours tempered by bracing acidity and minerality. S(+)

Tierce Dry Riesling 2009, Finger Lakes (£19.99 Wine Equals Friends)
Once the sulphur dioxide has dissipated, there’s juicy peach and plum flavours balanced by sleek acidity. Nicely structured, but just a tad simple. B+

Red Newt Cellars Riesling ‘Sawmill Creek Vineyards’ 2009, Finger Lakes (£19.99 Wine Equals Friends)
Is there botrytis here? I like the honest apricot and peach flavours, and there’s also a touch of icing sugar but overall there’s just not quite enough citrus grip to balance the richness/sweetness give precision. S-

Red Newt Cellars Riesling 2008, Finger Lakes (£15.99 Wine Equals Friends)
Has lost some of the fruit freshness of youth, and is showing is maturity with slightly raisinny baked apple and orange liqueur flavours. Quite Alsace-like in character, but needs a little more backbone for real class. B

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