Hermann J. Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling 2014
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This enticing Riesling is crafted in the traditional German Spätlese style, with moderate natural sweetness counterpoised by a bright, invigorating liveliness. In a yearly gamble against the weather, grapes for Spätlese wines are left to hang for a longer time on the vines, allowing them to develop riper flavor profiles. The later picking also increases must weight resulting in a more full-bodied wine. Spätlese wines have a greater intensity and strength than Kabinett-style wines, though are still the lightest of the late harvest wines. The outcome is a wine with an elegant yet luscious nose, followed by a generous palate of crisp ripe fruit and floral notes, lingering into a long, naturally sweet finish. Our exceptional late harvest wine pairs well with cheese and fruit, with lighter roasted or barbequed meats, or serves as a refreshing after-dinner wine.
The 2014 Riesling Late Harvest has 52 grams per liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully fresh, not just sweet, this has a clean and transparent finish and a feel to it that makes it seem far drier than it is. Its fine acidity cuts through the rich fruit and sugar, meaning that this isn't cloying-not even a little bit. All the while it tastes great and its delectable flavors linger on the palate. It's a beauty.
Score: 93, Mark Squires, June 2016
Quince, creamed yellow apple and heather flavors glide along, with good energy to the piecrust- and peach-accented finish. Frankly sweet but has the zip for freshness. Drink now through 2018. 790 cases made.
Score: 89, James Molesworth, June 15, 2016
While initially closed aromatically, time and aeration tease out subtle mineral, bramble and tangerine on the nose of this late-harvest Riesling. It's juicy and sweet, brightly concentrated with orange, mango and peach flavors. It might lack the intensity and penetration typical of Hermann J. Wiemer's style, but offers plenty of refreshment and vitality.
Score: 88, Anna Lee Iijima, November 1, 2016
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