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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Sheldrake Point 2014 Wild Ferment Ice Wine Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Fermented unintentionally by ambient, rather than inoculated yeasts, this serendipitous wild-ferment ice wine is a fascinating treat. While the nose is touched with hints of saffron and pressed apples, the fresh melon and pineapple flavors are pure and pristine. Remarkably complex, it balances rich honey tones against elegant streaks of acidity, spice and minerals.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
91
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Damiani 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)

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Spice, toast and savory dried herbs accent rich black cherry in this penetrating Pinot Noir. Dense on the palate and voluptuous in body, it’s forward in fruit yet maintains a cool restraint of minerality and fine, penetrating tannins. It’s a polished, memorable wine.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Glenora 2014 Ice Wine Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Exotic spice notes accent pristine apple and pear flavors in this luscious, textured ice wine. It’s unctuously sweet, but a piercing line of lemon-lime acidity sharpens the finish.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Sheldrake Point 2014 Ice Wine Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Side-by-side, Sheldrake Point’s two Riesling ice wines are a fascinating study of how yeast affects flavors in wine. This regular-label ice wine, fermented with inoculated yeast, has a sunny, sweet charm. Notes of pressed apple, warming spice and potpourri perfume lend a cider-like tone. The palate lingers, countering bright, lemony acidity with a long peach kiss.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Domaine LeSeurre 2013 Dry Cuvée Classique Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Lemon-drop candy and white blossoms perfume this impeccably balanced Riesling from French transplants Céline and Sébastien Leseurre. It’s dry in style, but white grapefruit and lemon flavors are persistent and deep. Delicately textured and vivaciously fresh in acidity, the finish is brisk and pristine.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Fox Run 2013 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)

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While the nose is demure with delicate lemon and white-blossom notes, this wine also showcases Gewürztraminer’s exuberance. Concentrated lychee and yellow cherry flavors burst on the palate, balanced with sprightly lemon-lime acidity. It’s voluptuously textured but maintains impeccable posture.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Hosmer 2013 Riesling (Cayuga Lake)

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Lusciously ripe peaches and tangerines waft from this delicately textured yet deeply, richly concentrated Riesling. It’s sunny on the palate with sweet Meyer-lemon acidity brightening honey and apricot preserves. The finish is persistent and mouthwatering.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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Red Newt Cellars 2013 Circle Riesling (Finger Lakes)

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Lithe and dancing in texture, yet robustly concentrated with yellow peach and cherry flavors, Red Newt’s Circle delivers great quality for a gentle price, vintage after vintage. Off dry in style, it’s zesty and bright, finishing long with a fresh herbal edge.

 — A.I.  (5/1/2015)
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