Standing Stone Dry Riesling ($13.99)
Finger Lakes, New York
From the producer:
"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.
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.
Our Dry Riesling is sourced from one of the oldest Riesling vineyards on Seneca Lake, planted in 1972. The combination of vine age and the site’s location contribute to a concentrated and ripe presentation. The palate is agile and crisp with round fruit flavors and a textured mouthfeel.
Vinification Techniques: Indigenous yeast fermentation lasting three months, blend of two Riesling blocks but heavily weighted toward the older West block, no fining or filtering agents."
Standing Stone has been a solid Finger Lakes producer for years, but upon the retirement of the original owners, Hermann J. Wiemer bought the brand and the vineyards. Wiemer is an exceptional label, so I am thrilled that they are putting their name behind Standing Stone. This Riesling comes from older vines, and you can really sense that in the body and in the ripeness of the fruit. It starts fruit-forward, drinks elegantly over the mid-palate, and has a dry finish. Even if you think you don't like Riesling, do give this a try.