Lamoreaux Landing is one of our favorite Finger Lakes wineries. It combines great wines with spectacular scenery and wonderful Greek Revival architecture.
They also are a leader in the single vineyard movement in the Finger Lakes. This trend is one I welcome. It declares the terroir of the region so interesting that individual vineyards have their own unique personalities.
The Finger Lakes are unrivaled in this country for producing outstanding Riesling. The Yellow Dog Riesling, while not the most outstanding Finger Lakes Riesling, is head and shoulders above most California Rieslings.
The wine comes from a two-acre block in the Yellow Dog Vineyard, which is located across the road from the winery. Only 200 cases of this wine were produced. I love small production wines!
Fruit is noticeable on the nose. On the palate there is a sweetness that becomes balanced with the acidity as sipping continues. Citrus and grapefruit flavors are mingled with an undercoat of minerality.
Upon my initial tasting, I thought this would be too sweet for my liking since my favorite Riesling style is dry. However, I was pleased that the wine settled into a nice groove and was drinking nicely. The touch of sweetness also allows you to enjoy the nuances of fruit, which I sometimes miss with the drier, more slatey Rieslings.
For about $20, this is a fine example of Finger Lakes winemaking.