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 Tail Ridge 2013 RTR Estate Vineyard Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $19
Scents of peach and melon are layered with deep mineral tones on this gorgeously aromatic Riesling. The palate is lavish, with stone fruit and blossom flavors, yet it’s steely and dry, with a waxy richness that lends volume and power to the finish. This is elegance epitomized.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
91
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Red Tail Ridge 2012 Barrel Fermented Limited Release Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $16
Delicate layers of smoke, vanilla and spice lavish this textured Chardonnay that’s remarkably light on its feet. Fermentation in a variety of oak barrels lends nuance to bright apple, pear and honeysuckle notes on the palate and mouthfeel that’s rich, creamy and round. Brisk acidity cuts through the finish.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
90
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Sheldrake Point 2013 Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  1. $16
While buoyantly fruity with notes of ripe peach, apricot and melon, this dry, delicately framed Riesling also has an intensely mineral character. On the palate, a shower of crushed stone and lime acidity pierces through a long, lingering finish.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
90
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Fox Run 2012 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20
Aromas of ripe mango, lychee and rose leap from the glass on this opulent Gewürztraminer. It’s off-dry in style with a rich, silky mouthfeel, but kept in check with a streak of lemony acidity and tones of tea leaf and potpourri. Bold, lush and decadent, but very tasty.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
90
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Hermann J. Wiemer 2012 Dry Estate Bottled and Grown Gewürztraminer (Seneca Lake)

  1. $25
Intense notes of lychee, spice and rose petal perfume this elegant, classically-styled Gewürztraminer. Just off dry, the palate feels rich and textured despite moderate alcohol and body. Flavors of melon and tropical fruit are concentrated and juicy, accented with soft, lemon acidity. Finishes surprisingly dry.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
89
points

Fox Run 2013 Doyle Family Vineyard Chardonnay (Finger Lakes)

  • Best Buy
  1. $11
The addition of 9% Traminette lends a blossomy flair to fresh apple and tangerine notes in this bright, unoaked Chardonnay. Brisk and revitalizing, with a zesty lime-toned acidity, it’s a satisfying late-summer quaffer at a bargain price.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
89
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Damiani 2013 Dry Rosé (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $16
Lush with ripe red raspberry and cherry flavors, yet nervy with acidity and minerality, this dusty-rose rosé is quaffable yet remarkably nuanced. It’s rich and silky on the palate with a lingering cherry blossom perfume on the finish.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
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Atwater 2012 Big Blend Red (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $22
True to it’s name, this blend of traditional Bordeaux grape varieties plus Syrah is big and bold in flavor and mouthfeel. It’s also remarkably elegant, however, balancing rich black cherry flavor with tart cranberry notes and layers of savory spice and herb. Fine-grained tannins penetrate the finish. Drink now with a decant, or allow to mellow over the next 3-5 years.  — A.I.  (9/1/2014)
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