Cayuga Lake Rieslings
Cayuga Lake Rieslings
The vineyards of the Cayuga Lake region benefit from a micro-climate created by the 40-mile-long lake and its neighboring hillsides. Granted AVA status in 1988, currently 17 wineries are region members. Established in 1983, Cayuga Lake is credited as being America’s first organized wine trail.
There are some winemakers who produce wines using native grape varieties such as Niagara, Catwaba and Cayuga. However, it’s the region’s cool-climate vinifera grape varieties that have brought it the most accolades. Two of the more popular stops along the trail are quality wine producers Swedish Hill Winery and Hosmer Winery.
Swedish Hill Winery
This pale, straw-colored wine has beautiful apricot and pear aromas that are mirrored in the flavor. On the first sip, there was a perception of sweetness, which was not present when I drank it later with food. I love drinking wine with food, as both play off the other. I had this wine with Thai curry, grilled chicken and chicken spring rolls. Although the wine was a great accompaniment to each of these foods, its lush fruit flavors really paired exceptionally well with a cheese and fruit plate. It’s a wine that has you wanting to take sip after sip.
This Riesling is the real deal. It’s a perfect wine for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You can open a bottle when your guests arrive and continue drinking into dinner service. Then, as you are sitting around enjoying each other’s company, the wine remains pleasing on its own. This Swedish Hill is a dry wine; but because it has that hint of sweetness, it should satisfy a wide range of palates. As it warmed, I got more tropical flavors like mango.
The tasting room, located in Romulus is open daily through December from 9 AM to 6 PM.
There is a saying that old vines make great wines. If that is true, then the 25-year-old-plus vines at Hosmer Winery should provide wine lovers with a special treat. The Riesling vines are more than 30 years old, thriving in high-lime Cavenovia loamy soil.
Winemaker Aaron Roisen should have plenty of frequent flyer miles. He hails from Minnesota but worked harvest in New Zealand on two separate occasions, prior to leading the wine-making efforts at Hosmer.
The Hosmer Riesling presented as the most dry Riesling of the four I tasted from the Finger Lakes region. There was citrus, as well as pear aroma. Pear and acidity that came through as grapefruit on the taste. The beautiful grapefruit flavors paired nicely with my cheese board. As the wine opened up, it became more lovely and smooth, with an almost honey like finish.
Through October, the tasting room is open Mon-Sat from 10:50 – 5:50, then closes at 5:00 in Nov. On Sundays, it’s open from Noon – 5:00.
Finger Lakes Riesling
I was pleasantly surprised these Finger Lake Rieslings were start-to-finish wines. I only wish I had discovered them this summer because they would have been my afternoon go-to wines. Until next then, I’ll just have to enjoy them with my fall and winter meals.
Note: The wines reviewed here were provided by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance as part of a Virtual Tasting. No promises were made regarding what I was to write only that I should post my reviews.
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