Billsboro “Leidenfrost Vineyards” Dry Riesling 2015: $20 Good to Good+

It's hard to love the Billsboro “Leidenfrost Vineyards” Barrel Fermented Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $20 [Good to Good+].  The wine has substance and is well made, but it is also extremely steely and citrusy, nearly sour.  It is not a sipper by any means, but neither is it very useful with food, excepting very tart or sweet dishes.  The best plan, I think, is to put this bottle in the cellar for a few years and hope that it mellows.

Pale lemon in color, the moderately intense aromas are very steely and acidic, with scents of smoky shalestone, lime, lemon oil, green apple and citrus zest.  Medium bodied, very dry, with very high acidity and a round/tough mouth feel, balance is good.  The moderately intense flavors are very tart — lime, green apple, gooseberry, citrus zest, shalestone, and subtle oaky notes.  The finish is bracingly tart with good length.  March 2017

Note: This wine was barrel fermented, which give it a somewhat rounder mouth feel than most Finger Lakes Rieslings.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014