The Red Newt Winery in Hector New York is favorite with us. We attended a winemakers dinner there last year and had a sensational time. We were pleased to see one of their Rieslings selected as a “great buy” in the latest issue of Wine Spectator.
Here’s the information as reported in Wine Spectator and distributed in the Red Newt newsletter:
Score: 88 points Price: $12.00
"There's no shortage of crisp whites and good values coming out of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, and Red Newt owners David and Debra Whiting are among the most quality-conscious winery owners in this scenic region. Located on the east side of Seneca Lake, Red Newt produces more than a dozen reds and whites, but few are more successful than Riesling. Winemaker Dave Whiting made about 2,100 cases of the 2008. Fermented in stainless steel, the Circle Label is designed with a touch of residual sweetness, keeping it user-friendly for new Riesling drinkers as well as showcasing the winery's younger vineyards, which Whiting believes don't have the acid structure to support the drier-style bottlings the winery also produces. The result is a bright and refreshing off-dry wine with a candied lime peel edge to apple, pear, fig and anise notes."
Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2009, "500 Great Buys", Kim Marcus.