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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Anthony Road 2013 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $17

Pristine grapefruit and apple blossom notes lend perfume and elegance to this dry, intensely mineral Riesling. Bracing lemon-lime acidity shocks the palate to attention, intensifying a lean, lingering finish.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
90
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Anthony Road 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $17

Hints of waxy white florals and lemon zest persist from nose to finish on this intensely revitalizing semidry Riesling. Tart stone-fruit flavors penetrate the palate, highlighted by a stream of spine-tingling acidity.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
89
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Millbrook 2012 Proprietor’s Special Reserve Cabernet Franc (Hudson River Region)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $30

Raspberries and cherry blossoms mingle on the nose of this pretty, perfumed wine. The palate is buoyant with fresh berry and cherry flavors, yet touches of forest floor and spice add complexity and depth. It’s brisk in acidity and layered with fine, firm tannins.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
89
points

Standing Stone 2013 Ice Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  1. $25

Lavish floral notes perfume this lusciously sweet ice-style Riesling. Honeyed apples and fresh figs burst on the palate, their flavors intensified on the finish with a hit of zesty lemon acidity.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
88
points

Macari 2013 Rosé (North Fork of Long Island)

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  1. $17

Pale salmon in color, this seemingly breezy, blossomy rosé seems to build in weight and body on the palate. Rich and ripe, it bursts with summer berry flavors offset by a kick of acidity on the finish.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
88
points

Standing Stone 2013 Ice Gewurztraminer (Finger Lakes)

  1. $25

Heady potpourri and rose-petal perfume announce this ice-style Gewürztraminer, leading to an unctuous palate brimming with caramel and honey-dipped apples. Soft, lemony acidity lends a cheerful, sunny feel to the finish.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
88
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Anthony Road 2012 Martini Reinhardt Selection Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  1. $45

A slick of wax and lanolin lends a mineral tone to bright apple cider and honey notes in this sprightly semisweet Riesling. Spine-tingling with acidity, it’s an elegant, classically styled wine with a pristine, fruit-focused finish.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
88
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Wölffer 2012 Cabernet Franc (Long Island)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $24

Wisps of smoke and char add nuance to tart red cherry and violet notes on this aromatic wine. It’s juicy and fresh on the palate, yet amasses bitter, velvet tannins that blanket the finish. Enjoy now with a good decant, or better yet, hold back till at least 2016.

 — A.I.  (3/1/2015)
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