Silver Thread “STV Estate Vineyard” Riesling 2016: $26 Very Good

The Silver Thread “STV Estate Vineyard” Riesling (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $26 [Very Good] is a somewhat unusual Finger Lakes Riesling, with its cool demeanor and emphasis on minerality.  Even though its aromas may not entice, its flavors are surprisingly robust.  This wine lost some appeal after a night in the fridge, so drink it in one sitting with snacks or dinner.

Medium lemon yellow in color, the STV Estate has a rather unexpressive nose, featuring cool minty and herbal aromas and subdued lime and stone fruit.  Medium bodied, dry to medium dry, with lively acidity, this is a well balanced wine.  Surprisingly vigorous given the reticent aromas, flavors of lemongrass, lime, stone fruit, a cool herbal note, and smoky mineral are pure and satisfying.  The finish is lively, a bit smoky, with very good length.  August 2017.


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