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 2012 Sticky Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Despite a growing number of quality sweet-style Rieslings from the Finger Lakes, this one stands out amongst its peers. It’s gorgeously complex, with layers of pollen and saffron accenting deep, concentrated flavors of mango, orange and peach. Searing lemon acidity drives the midpalate towards a long finish that’s peppered with dusty mineral notes. Delicious now…  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Hermann J. Wiemer 2012 Magdalena Vineyard Dry Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $36
It invigorates the senses with concentrated lemon and lime flavors tinged with minerals, tart stone fruits and blossoms. It’s dry in style with a bold, mouth-filling palate, but gorgeously elegant. Finishes long with a ripple of lime-zest astringency.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Boundary Breaks 2012 Single Clone No. 239 Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20
Boundary Breaks has proven to be the break-out producer of the Finger Lakes this year with an excellent line up of wines, and this off-dry wine is amongst its best. Elegantly perfumed with notes of fresh green florals and herbs, it builds in power and expression on the palate with pristine white peach flavors pierced with lime acidity and a reverberating mineral finish.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
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Boundary Breaks 2012 Single Vineyard Single Clone No. 90 Late Harvest Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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  1. $30
Intensely tropical on the nose with notes of honey-glazed mango and peach, this silky sweet wine is stunningly complex yet unabashedly tasty. The palate is unctuous with layers of rich marmalade cut with bright acidity and sprays of blossom and tea leaf that linger endlessly on the finish.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Hermann J. Wiemer 2012 HJW Vineyard Dry Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)

  1. $39
Gorgeously aromatic with notes of white blossoms and waxy lime and lemon skins, this dry, delicately composed Riesling is a stunner. Tart mango and and tangerine flavors are juicy on the palate, accented with lemon verbena and a lingering waxiness. It finishes remarkably long with a streak of lemon acidity and a zesty astringency. Delicious now for its youth and…  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Hermann J. Wiemer 2012 Josef Vineyard Late Harvest Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)

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  1. $45
It’s hard to choose a favorite amidst Wiemer’s 2012 lineup, but this one is a strong contender. It’s brisk, yet intensely penetrating on the nose and palate, with a luscious, juicy palate full of sweet white peach and mango flavors. Zesty lemon-lime acidity and a crush of minerals linger on the finish. It’s a complex yet effortlessly enjoyable medium-sweet Riesling…  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
91
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Wölffer 2013 Grandioso Rosé (Long Island)

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  1. $29
Wölffer’s dusty pink Grandioso has a saline minerality on the nose, accenting whiffs of raspberry and peach. As with the producer’s standard-bottle rosé, the palate is crisp with acidity, but more intensely concentrated with juicy white peach and yellow cherry flavors. The elegant finish carries a touch of cherry blossom perfume.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
91
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Boundary Breaks 2012 Ovid Line North Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  1. $20
Whiffs of herbs and green florals persist from start to finish on this elegant off-dry Riesling. The palate is lush with ripe white-peach flavor, but blossomy and bright with a streak of lemon-lime acidity. Finishes long with a delicately lacy sweetness.  — A.I.  (7/1/2014)
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