New York Wines

New York is really starting to make a name for itself as a serious wine producing state, according to our New York Wine Ratings. The four main AVAs are the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River and Long Island. Each area has its own microclimate and terroir suitable for an array of grape varieties. In the Finger Lakes, Riesling and Chardonnay dominate plantings as cooler temps and the massive lakes assist in retaining the grapes’ brisk acidity and clean aromatics. Lake Erie is further south of the Finger Lakes, but possesses a similar climate. However, it is mostly planted with the local Concord varietal. The Hudson River region is home to America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, which has been in operation since 1839. Most of the vineyards here are within two miles of the Hudson River and are planted on steep hills. Here, the most planted varieties are Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. These wines all share a similar acidic backbone due to the consistently cooler temperatures. The wines of Long Island use the same grapes as the Hudson River AVA, but often use a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Long Island’s Atlantic Ocean-influenced climate, leads to earthy and lighter-bodied reds, while the whites tend to be acidic and herbaceous. For a full list of reviewed wines you can check out our New York Online Buying Guide.

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93
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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
points

Standing Stone 2008 Vidal Ice Vidal Blanc (Finger Lakes)

  1. $25

Just a whiff of this deep gold Vidal Blanc reveals layers of smoke melded with honey and fresh apples. The palate is deeply complex with flavors that include pretty florals, rich pineapple, citrus and a compelling smoked nut skin note. The super-long finish is marked by zippy acidity and a lovely astringency.

 — A.I.  (7/1/2011)
92
points

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
points

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)
92
points

Boundary Breaks 2012 Single Vineyard Single Clone No. 90 Late Harvest Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  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
points

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
points

Hermann J. Wiemer 2012 Josef Vineyard Late Harvest Estate Bottled and Grown Riesling (Seneca Lake)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  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)
92
points

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2008 Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling (Finger Lakes)

  1. $70

The first producer in the United States to craft traditional Trockenbeerenauslese-style Riesling, Dr. Frank’s is still one of the very best. Deep gold in color, this luscious nectar fills the glass with aromas of candied orange and honeysuckle. Honey, dried mango and pineapple and exotic potpourri notes undulate persistently on the palate, ending in a languid tea…

 — A.I.  (2/1/2011)
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