Heron Hill Semi-Dry Riesling: $14 Good+

The Heron Hill Winery Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $14 [Good+] is a tart semi-dry, with lots of bitter citrus zest and dried apricot  in its aromas and flavors.  These tart/bitter qualities make repeated sipping taxing, but it should work well with snacks and some dinner recipes.  Lovers of bitter citrus flavors might give this wine a somewhat higher rating.

Medium lemon in color, sharp aromas of gunflint and citrus zest partially conceal dried apricot and lemon/lime fruit.  Medium bodied, medium dry to medium sweet, with a good deal of sharp acidity, balance is good.  Flavors of dried apricot, bitter citrus zest, lemon/lime and shale stone have good concentration.  Bitter citrus and mineral notes dominate the finish, which has good length.  February 2018.


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