Tasting Note: 2006 Dry Riesling, Lamoreaux Landing, Finger Lakes

I can’t wait to visit the Finger Lakes, next spring. After the great time – and great wines – I had in Long Island, when I took part in TasteCamp, last May, I’m eager to discover more about the Empire State’s other great wine region.

The couple of wines I had from the region, over the last 15 months or so, have only made me more eager to discover what the vineyards of Northwest New York have to offer. First, there was the 2006 Rkatsiteli from Dr Frank, a delicious, aromatic white. And now, I’ve tasted a Lamoreaux Landing dry riesling, one of three New York wines currently available in the stores of the SAQ, Quebec’s state monopoly for wine and spirits.

(The two other New York wines available at SAQ are a riesling from Dr Frank, and a 2003 Estate Merlot from Wölffer, one of Long Island’s very best merlot producers. Some other wines are available through private imports, like Channing Daughters wine, brought to Quebec through Insolite Importation, the agency I’m associated with, thanks to justifiable post-TasteCamp enthusiasm.)

Lamoreaux is certainly one of the Finger Lakes estates I’ve heard the most – and nicest – things about. And judging from what I tasted this week, there’s good reason for that. The 2006 Dry Riesling had beautiful citrus notes (lemon zest, key lime), with a touch of ginger, mineral undertones and a good deal of lees character providing a little rounder character and balancing out the bright, bright acidity. Very pleasant by itself, and a nice match for chicken or pork. The only thing I’m not sure about is the label colors – but who buys wine for the labels, right?

Not too surprisingly, this riesling is fairly close in style to some of the Ontario rieslings I tasted recently. Cool climate, fresh, tightly wound wines, yet expressive and intense. Good stuff that can age well, and be oh so very satisfying.

So, to the risk of repeating myself, I can’t wait to get to the Finger Lakes and discover the wines. And compare how this cool region compares with the Ontario wines I’ve been exploring so actively over the last year.

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