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Heart & Hands Wine Company 2012 Riesling, Finger Lakes #FLXwine

It was a true pleasure to receive this bottle of Finger Lakes Riesling to taste and review at home. This is the fourth of four samples I received featuring the 2012 vintage of Finger Lakes Rieslings.  Quality is strong in the Finger Lakes. The 2012 vintage showed well in the samples I received.

"The Rieslings from our region have been outstanding in quality for many years and now that Riesling in general is gaining in popularity we are thrilled."
- Kevin Zraly,

Tasting Notes

Color: Straw with pale green highlights
Nose: Mineral, hay, apricot, mango with a hint of eucalyptus.
Palate: Sweet apricot, proper weight and acidity felt in back palate and back edges of tongue, with apricot and lime in the medium finish. Good balance of sweet and acid.

Thoughts: This wine made me think of spicy Thai food and Jalapeño cream-cheese poppers. It would be a good companion before dinner with salty nuts and soft cheese as well. Serve before or after dinner it is a tasty and flexible wine. Recommended.

Note on Closure: This bottle had a glass cork closure. I don't often see glass corks in use, of particular interest to me, was that the glass cork had a metal seal around it. A simple twist removed the metal seal, a firm tug with some wiggle removed the glass cork.

Seal removed.
Glass cork removed.

Vineyards: 55% Hobbit Hollow, 23% Nutt Road, 22% Patrician Verona
Closure: Glass cork with metal seal
ABV: 12.7%
RS: 38g/L
Bottled: 5/22/13
Production: 307 cases
SRP: $17.99
Sample provided by: Finger Lakes Wine Alliance

Heart & Hands Wine Company
4162 State Route 90
Union Springs, NY 13160
(315) 889-8500

About Heart and Hands Wine Company

The winery was founded in 2006 by Tom and Susan Higgins. They produce 2,500 cases annually which includes, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wines. The winery is located on the east side of Cayuga Lake. Tom Higgins is the winemaker and also provides winemaking and vineyard consulting services throughout the Finger Lakes. Tom is also a Board Member of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

Finger Lakes Wine Region FAQ

  •  115 + Wineries
  •  9,200 Acres of grapes
  •  848 acres of Riesling
  •  220, 000 cases produced of Riesling
  •  2-3 styles of Riesling per producer
  •  Growing season is 190-250 days
  •  For more Finger Lakes Riesling information, visit

The four Finger Lakes Rieslings I received.

Related Posts - The other three Finger Lakes Wines reviewed

A big thank you to the participating Finger Lakes wineries and to the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance for allowing me to again share in the bounty of the Finger Lakes harvest. Well done.


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