Hints of honeycomb and beeswax add heft to the notes of fresh green flower and sweet citrus. Ripe yet elegantly composed, this has concentrated fruit flavors that extend onto a long, honeysuckle-kissed finish.
The Finger Lakes has some excellent micro-climates for Gewürztraminer and Penguin Bay’s 2007 is the proof. The nose is lovely, with intense notes of exotic Asian spices. The palate, while not particularly concentrated, is exquisitely balanced, leading to a fresh impression on the finish. This bottle just screams for some good Chinese food.
Elegant fruit and spice aromas are followed by a clean, crisp blend of citrus and flowers. The wine is delicate and balanced but full of flavor. Pair with cheeses, grilled seafood or Indian cuisine.
Crisp and fresh aromas of pineapple and melon lead on this pretty semi-sweet Riesling, and are followed by slightly sweet, floral flavors that are kept light with a citric, minerally backbone. Pair with chicken salad, Thai cuisine, even curry.
Though there’s no oak on this Chard, it’s still quite rich and ripe with loads of honeydew, yellow peach slices, lightly baked apple and tangerine oil. The mouth is round and lacking a bit more acidity, but as a whole the wine is enjoyable and easy to drink.
Notes of honey and baked apple waft curiously amid white floral aromas on this semisweet Riesling. The perfume can be a tad cloying, competing with sweet lychee and pink grapefruit flavors on the palate, but white tea on the finish adds elegance and restraint.
Penguin Bay has managed to coax some fruit out of the reticent Pinot Grigio grape: this example has nice pineapple and melon tones upfront. It’s less impressive in the mouth, with significant residual sugar and a short, watery finish. Drink up.