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WTN: Two US Rieslings...(short/boring)

by TomHill » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:08 pm

Tried these two US Rieslings over the weekend:
1. Ch.Montelena Riesling PotterVlly (13.4%; www.Montelena.com) Calistoga 2016: Light gold color; quite fragrant floral/pineapple/R very light petrol/Mosel valve oil slight chalky very attractive nose; fairly tart bit off-dry (.5%-.7% r.s.?) brisk R/floral/pineapple/mango very slight Mosel valve oil pleasant flavor; very long pineapple/R/mango/floral very light Mosel valve oil bit off-dry finish; a rather pleasant Calif R that avoids straying into tutti-fruti territory if a bit on the simple side. $23.50 (KK)
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2. Empire Estate DryRiesling FingerLakes/NY (12.7%; www.EmpireEstateWine.com) Hector/NY 2016: Med.light gold color; tiny bubbles on side of glass (dissolved CO2?); lovely stony/mineral/chalky lightly floral quite Germanic nose; quite tart/tangy slight prickly/dissolved CO2 rather mineral/chalky/stony light floral/pineapple slight Mosel-like bit off-dry (0.5% r.s.?) rather attractive flavor; long slight prickly fairly tart/tangy/mineral light floral/pineapple rather stony/mineral/chalky/metallic/steely finish; quite an attractive clean/crisp/brisk/bit Mosel-like R. $21.00 (AV)
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. I was a bit disappointed in the Ch.Montelena in that it was a bit on the simple side and not as good as previous ones I had some yrs ago. PotterVlly (and Cole Vlly) is a great area in Calif for growing R. This was not nearly as good as the Dashe McFaddenRanch/PotterVlly R that I've had in the past.
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Re: WTN: Two US Rieslings...(short/boring)

by Dale Williams » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:05 pm

Thanks for notes.
Never heard of Empire State.
I'm usually a Montelena fan, but the two times I've had the Riesling I was unimpressed/
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Re: WTN: Two US Rieslings...(short/boring)

by Brian K Miller » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:20 pm

Have you tried Matthew Rorick's version, Tom? They were sampling a 2012 from a magnum, and I thought it was pretty spot on!
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Re: WTN: Two US Rieslings...(short/boring)

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:36 pm

Finger Lakes Riesling! Bring them on.
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Well...

by TomHill » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:06 pm

Brian K Miller wrote:Have you tried Matthew Rorick's version, Tom? They were sampling a 2012 from a magnum, and I thought it was pretty spot on!


Well, Brian...I'm sure I've tried Matt's Riesling...I try everything he makes.
But it doesn't stick out in my mind.
What was his grape source?
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Re: WTN: Two US Rieslings...(short/boring)

by Brian K Miller » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:03 pm

Shoot. Did not write it down. I recollect foothills, but that would be way too hot?????
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