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Swedish Hill 2012 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes #FLXwine

Drink me and enjoy me!

It was my pleasure to receive this wine to taste and review at home. This Riesling is the second of four samples I received featuring Finger Lakes 2012 Rieslings. I began participating in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance tastings a couple of years ago. Since, I have become quite fond of Finger Lakes Riesling. Quality is strong and they are different from the local Rieslings I have access to.

"Americans are turned on to Riesling and the Finger Lakes has what Riesling loves: life at the cool margins and layers and layers of slate. There's no better place to find crisp, refreshing mineral-tinged Riesling in the States."
- Joshua Greene, Publisher & Editor, Wine & Spirits Magazine
Tasting Notes:

Color: Light straw.
Nose: Round minerality, skin side of a pealed apple, toast with a touch of petrol. With air, a floral note emerged, reminiscent of delicate Jasmine. Softer pear notes appeared as the wine warmed.
Palate: Intense apple, with the crisp texture of a just bitten apple, more weight mid-palate than expected, vigorous dry apple on the medium-long finish, a dash of spice lingered. This wine is almost aggressive, in a good way. It reached out and said "Here I am. Drink me and enjoy me!"

Thoughts: This Dry Riesling has body and texture suited for robust seafood and smoked meats. I would welcome this Riesling to a picnic of smoked salmon, shaved ham and a fruit and cheese plate. Recommended. Drink now until 2016.

*Update: Day two this wine is drinking very well. Cinnamon apple on the nose, with mouth filling apple, dry your cheeks acidity and begging for pork tenderloin. A real crowd-pleaser.

AVA: Finger Lakes
Closure: 1+1 cork
ABV: 12%
RS: 0.8%
SRP: $15.99
Sample provided by: Finger Lakes Wine Alliance

Swedish Hill Vineyard, Inc.
Romulus, NY 14541

About Swedish Hill

Swedish Hill is one of the largest Finger Lakes wineries. Owned and operated by the Peterson Family, they produce over 60,000 cases annually. They crushed their first grapes for themselves in 1985 with an initial production of 1,200 cases. Son Dave joined the family winery in 1996. They have earned numerous accolades over the years. Swedish Hill has 87 acres of vineyards planted on Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. They leverage technology to optimize vineyard production and to assure consistent wine quality.

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

I look forward to opening the next two bottles of Finger Lakes Riesling.


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