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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Red Newt Cellars 2013 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $17

Strikes of lemon, lime and crushed minerals lend exhilarating freshness to this dry, focused Riesling. It's light bodied and lean in style, but persists long on the palate with a touch of ginger spice.

 — A.I.  (1/29/2015)
91
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Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Séduction Sparkling (North Fork of Long Island)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60

Honey and lemon accent the nose and palate of this stately flagship wine from Sparkling Pointe. Extended lees aging lends remarkable depth and complexity—shades of brioche and almond add a richness on the palate. Revitalizing acidity and a train of tiny bubbles lead to a soft, pillowy foam.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
90
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Lamoreaux Landing 2013 Estate Bottled Unoaked T23 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $20

Touches of sage and tarragon breathe freshness into succulent red cherry and berry aromas on this rich, full-bodied Cabernet Franc. The palate shows off pure, pristine red fruit, jolted by a shock of cranberry acidity and a lingering wet-granite finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
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Keuka Spring 2013 Semi Sweet Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $15

Rich, ripe yellow cherries and honeysuckle waft from this luxuriously honeyed off-dry Riesling. A sweet tangerine flavor is densely concentrated on the palate, yet the wine is sprightly and zesty in mouthfeel. An elegant floral spray extends the long, lingering finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
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Lakewood 2013 Gigliotti Vineyards Pinot Gris (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $14

Whiffs of orange blossom and lemon rind lend vibrancy to this rich, luxuriously textured Pinot Gris. Just off dry in style, it bursts with flavors of white peach showered in grapefruit acidity. Luscious and irresistibly clingy, it lingers long on the palate.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
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Billsboro 2012 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)

  1. $24

Notes of violet, preserved plums and cherries persist throughout this lush, concentrated Pinot Noir. It’s medium-bodied in style, with crisp acidity, yet the palate seems to build in richness and body. The finish brings elegant, fine-grained tannins.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
90
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Whitecliff Vineyard 2012 Reserve Gamay Noir (Hudson River Region)

  1. $21

Granite and red cherry notes are reminiscent of fine Beaujolais in this surprisingly tasty Hudson River Gamay. Cranberry and cherry flavors are tangy and revitalizing, nuanced by fresh herbs and leaves. It’s elegant and sprightly through a moderately long finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
90
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Heron Hill 2011 Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $16

Layers of mushroom, savory spice, and earth lend depth and complexity to luscious red raspberry and cherry flavors in this complex, standout Cabernet Franc. Tart cranberry cuts through the supple and silky palate, leading to a cool, mineral finish.

 — A.I.  (12/31/2014)
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