Skip to main content

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.



Popular posts from this blog

My Favorite Recipe | Flourless Chocolate Torte

Satisfying those chocolate cravings. My Instagram followers have seen me post photos ( @wild4wawine ) of my favorite dessert for over a year. Possibly, I've posted the original recipe to Instagram. If you ask, I usually do. After success and failures, I've learned that this dessert does not always deliver desired results. With some effort, I've figured out why, and the remedy. Yes, I've been gently tweaking the recipe. Adjusting ingredients. Modifying and streamlining the process. With mixed results. Confiding with my wife, she gave me a tip that finally nailed this recipe down. I'm happy to share this recipe with modifications. It's truly a lovely dessert. My favorite. Enjoy responsibly. Just out of the oven flourless chocolate torte. Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Torte An easy recipe to follow. You will need an oven, mixer, spring form pan and a double boiler. While you can eat this torte warm, I prefer to let it cool down and refrigerate it

The Best Sci-Fi Series You’re Not Watching. But I Am

The Ministry of Time/El Ministerio Del Tiempo History is under threat. Someone is attempting to alter the past. In response, a secret government organization is working to protect the sanctity of time. This group is the Ministry of Time. Agents of the ministry, are able to travel to different times and places via a deep well of stairs located in Madrid, Spain. From these stairs, innumerable doorways branch off to different periods of the past. Agents are recruited from other time periods, they work diligently to protect the history of Spain. And we get to go along for the thrilling ride. I’m changing up things today by recommending my favorite Spanish TV series. I found it accidentally, now I'm hooked. Improving my Spanish language comprehension Among my self-improvement efforts, there are many, one is to enhance my comprehension and speaking abilities of the Spanish language. With a neglected minor in Spanish, I’m embarrassed to have forgotten so much vocabulary and

Answer: Sweet Bordeaux | Question: Which French Wine Pairs with Salty, Savory and Heat?

Category: Delicious Wine and Food Pairings Since last year, I have found myself drinking more sweet white wines. And not with or as dessert. I've become quite fond of pairing sweet and medium sweet white wines with lunch and dinner. Not any sweet wine will do. You need a quality wine with complexity, sugar yes, but the wine also needs balanced acidity to match with the food. And the wine must be tasty too. I'm referring to the sweet white wines of Bordeaux, France. Sweet Bordeaux wines deepen in color with age. Sweet Bordeaux white wines are made with a combination of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.These wines are quite sweet, with balanced acidity, so many of these wines can be long lived in the wine cellar, even decades. As these wines age, you will notice that their color deepens to a beautiful deep gold. Even though these are age worthy wines, they can be quite approachable and food friendly when young. Yes they can. Tasting and pairing th