It has been almost a year since I have posted a blog here. I have been focused on Vinyl&Wine blogs and other work outside of this website. It is not my intention to let this slip, even though it has. For the next 10 week, I will have wine reviews featured at www.ediblefingerlakes.com every wednesday. They are features for wines that stood out as some of the best of the new vintage released this winter. My first one is already posted and features Wagner Vineyard. I will posted the review below, but please, visit the link above and check out the other features available. I promise a new blog is coming soon. 

Edible Blog - 2012 Wagner Caywood East Dry Riesling

By Nicholas Baldwin

The Caywood East vineyard site at Wagner is steep, comprised of gravel soil, at as of 2005, it has been entirely replanted with Riesling grapes. It is no surprise this single vineyard 2012 dry Riesling has won multiple gold medals and voted Best Dry Riesling at the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge.

Wagner produced just over 1000 cases of this Riesling. It has a pale lemon colored hue and perfumes of meyer lemon, vanilla bean, honeysuckle, tangerine peel, white peach, with subtle flinty mineral undertones. Upon the first sip, the high acidity attacks the palate from the sides, yet finishes pleasantly smooth. It only has 0.5% residual sugar left after fermentation, but that is just enough to keep this wine in perfect balance and remain delicate to the palate.

This first single vineyard release from Wagner shows off their versatility with Riesling. Their Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling will pair nicely with fresh local goat cheeses, heirloom tomato soup, vegetarian dishes, and light poultry and seafood dishes. For sale under $20 per bottle, this is a must try Finger Lakes Riesling. Add this to your collection and watch it evolve beautifully over the next 10 – 12 years.