This month's New York Cork Club shipment is one of my favorites. Two rieslings from two producers in two different New York regions. Both from the same vintage.
First, we have Fox Run Vineyards 2006 Reserve Riesling ($30), a tremendous example of American riesling. 2006 was a terrific riesling year in the Finger Lakes and this one captures that quality extremely well.
The nose offers stone fruit (think peaches and apricots), hints of tropical fruit and citrus. On the palate, its gentle sweetness is balanced beautifully by lively acidity, with pineapple and peach flavors accented by a squirt of lime juice and an interesting ginger-spice note. This wine is one reason that Fox Run will be named one of the world's Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits Magazine in their November issue.
Secondly, we've chosen Peconic Bay Winery 2006 Riesling ($17) which hails from from Long Island. Floral aromas lead on the nose here along with those of ripe pears and lemons. Secondary aromas of pineapple and even a little petrol add complexity and personality.
On the palate, it's a bit bigger than the Fox Run with loads of ripe, juicy pear and citrus flavors balanced by tongue-tingling, minerally acidity. The clean, lingering finish is highlighted by a citrusy-floral note at the very end that invites sip after sip.
The New York Cork Club really is a one-of-a-kind wine club. Each month, I pick two wines that I'm really enjoying and my partner in the venture, Greene Grape Wine Company, tracks them down and ships them to our members. Sometimes I pick wines because they are just plain delicious, but it goes beyond that. I'm lucky to have access to wines that most wine clubs do not (because of my relationships with New York producers). You won't find these wines in any other wine club.
And, you know that I'm picking wines because I enjoy them... because I don't make a penny on this project.