Hermann J. Wiemer HJW Vineyard Riesling 2019
|Region||United States, New York, Finger Lakes|
|Brand||Hermann J. Wiemer|
Incredibly zesty yet rich aromas of apple, lemon peel and chamomile dazzle on the nose of this single-vineyard wine. It's rounded and ripe in feel on the palate, yet immensely lifted by vibrant acidity. Juicy apple, peach and yellow blossom flavors never falter, with a delicate crushed stone element adding zip to the lingering finish. Drink through 2030.
The 2019 Riesling HJW Vineyard comes in with six grams of residual sugar and 12% alcohol. It tastes obviously and perceptibly dry, but never shrill. This was sourced from HJW vines planted in 1977. Typically my favorite of the single-vineyard Rieslings, this is on track for that designation, although this year the single-vineyard Josef is particularly beautiful, and the Reserve blend is no slouch. This is still very fine, and it might well be the winner if we repeat this exercise in 2027. There's a trace of pear and fine acidity supporting the good fruit. Like some of its siblings this year, it is a little on the understated, delicate and elegant side on opening, but the power showed more obviously when I came back to this some hours later. It was firmer and longer on the finish. I admit to being surprised at how well it developed, as its impeccable balance was initially deceptive. It seemed a little too understated, but it has plenty of substance. This still has a certain refinement, harmony and sophistication that makes it especially appealing. When you add its freshness and sunny demeanor, it seems a little bit special. There were 600 cases produced, farmed biodynamically but not yet certified.