Anna Lee Iijima

Anna Lee Iijima

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010 following a career in corporate law. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She also holds a certification in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association and is a Certified Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council. She currently reviews wines from Germany and New York, and writes frequently on saké, food and wine pairing for the magazine.

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Shaw 2012 Road Block Reserve Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Demure in stature yet brooding with power, this late-release 2012 Riesling is compelling evidence of winemaker Steve Shaw’s soft-spoken dynamism. Semidry in style, it’s light as a feather, yet richly layered with shades of grapefruit, spice and smoke. While delicious now, it’s rigidly structured still, and likely to continue to improve for many years to come.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
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Shaw 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)

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This concentrated Pinot Noir calibrates power with finesse, juxtaposing rippling black cherry and berry flavors against complex mineral and earth tones. It’s luscious and layered in mouthfeel, enriched over four years of extended lees contact. While decadently delicious now, it has enough structure to age elegantly through 2019–2021.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
91
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The Grapes of Roth 2013 Virgin Berry Dry Riesling (Long Island)

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Long Island has never been known for Riesling, but you can credit Roman Roth for finally breaking that mold. This wine was made from tiny, seedless (hence, virgin) Riesling grapes that ripen earlier, and with greater sugar concentration than typical grapes. It’s fragrant with lime zest and white flowers on the nose, while intoxicatingly concentrated in white…

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
91
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2013 Ice Wine Vidal Blanc (Finger Lakes)

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A jubilant bouquet of orange blossoms, marmalade and stony minerals, this unctuous ice wine is profoundly aromatic and complex. Rich and nectar-like, yet not at all cloying on the palate, it’s anchored by a piercing vein of acidity that’s thrilling with every sip. Spicy, sweet and lavishly creamy, it lingers endlessly on the finish.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
91
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Brooklyn Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

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Rich, ripe black berries, briar and bramble waft from this intensely aromatic wine. It’s rather sexy, opulent and yielding with black cherry and plum flavors accented by tinges of clay, fur and leather.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
91
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Shaw 2007 Reserve Merlot (Finger Lakes)

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Four years of aging on the lees gives this particularly late-release Merlot a delightfully tactile mouthfeel. It’s silky to the touch, yet voluminous on the palate, filling the mouth with flavors of ripe red cherry and cranberry accented by bramble, earth and potpourri. Sprightly in acidity yet rich in body, it lingers with intensity and persistence.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
90
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Dr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Semi Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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It’s always a joy to discover a wine as enjoyable as this is priced so reasonably. Plump white peach and yellow cherry flavors are plush and pure, but braced by an exhilarating stream of lime and lemon zest. Deftly structured, and nuanced by hints of dust and mineral, this is a widely accessible yet deeply satisfying Riesling.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2013 Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Touches of menthol and lime zest lend a cool, green feel to this off-dry Riesling. White grapefruit and honeydew rind flavors are crisp yet concentrated on the palate, bolstered by a kick of acidity that lingers on the finish.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2015)
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