Friday, March 6, 2015

Lakewood 2013 3 Generations Riesling, Finger Lakes

OTBN Dave's Phone 054We celebrated Open That Bottle Night last weekend with a number of friends. To get things off on the right note, we offered this  Riesling from Lakewood as an arrival wine.

We are over the top fans of Finger Lakes wine and, in our minds, there is nothing finer than a deliciously Dry Riesling from the region in upstate New York. Lakewood is a standout winery with a l-o-o-o-n-g tasting bar, a wide assortment of wines and a scenic view of Seneca Lake.

Riesling is king in the Finger Lakes. This noble grape is the Finger Lakes most widely planted variety with nearly 850 acres in production and almost every winery produces at least one Riesling brand. The microclimate conditions and the slate soils that are so special to the Finger Lakes are exactly what make Riesling thrive there.

The 3 Generations Riesling was grown , fermented and blended by three generations of the Stamp family working together. The wine was blended from their finest lots of Riesling.

The initial impression is one of freshness. It is dry, but bubbling with flavors of lime and peach but with just the right amount of acidity to keep if from being flabby. The there is a refreshing slate minerality running through the wine that  wraps the package together nicely. It’s rather low 11.7% alcohol level means this is a food friendly wine.

As with most Finger Lakes wine, the price is a welcome surprise. The 3 Generations Riesling is only $19.99. That’s true value and world class taste. Each generation did their job quite well!

Rating: 4 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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