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March 04, 2009

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great post Lenn. Sounds like a great place to visit and my kind of peeps!!

I would love to taste the Martini-Riendhart Riesling, it must have some good acidity going on to balance out that sweetness!

It's a very untypical winery. I've tried their wines, very good. Now you just made me want to stop. Thanks for sharing this.

I also like Anthony Road. In addition, I think it's Johannes who has an interest in Vignoles. If you like Vignoles, Anthony Road off-dry Vignoles is among the best (if not the best) in the Finger Lakes.

I bought two bottles of Anthony Road wine recently at the Union Square Greenmarket--I bought the dry riesling 2007 and the Devonian Red. I drank the red last week and really enjoyed it. Have you had that? I don't know what grapes comprise this wine, but found it to be a light red and very good.

Are they still using synthetic stoppers? I recently opened an older bottle (1991) of the Martini-Reinhardt riesling that I had been keeping only to find excessive oxidation. I'm finding this with many FL wines under these stoppers, which is a shame, since the rieslings can develop well. Please go back to corks or use screwcaps!

Cyclist,

Considering that Johannes arrived at Anthony Road at the start of this decade, I assume you meant 2001 and not 1991 for the Martini-Reinhardt selection. Or perhaps John Martini was just excessively prescient in those days.

They use synthetic corks on wines that are not designed for aging -- Tony's Red, probably the Devonians. All Riesling, late harvest and TBAs and vinifera reds get natural cork. But perhaps Peter Becraft can jump back in here and elaborate -- I don't intend to speak for the winery.

Cyclist,

Sorry for that experience. This wine must have been our first MRS Riesling from the vintage 2001. We did close all of our wines back then with this kind of closure. Mainly because of the terrible experience I've had with natural
cork back in Germany. Partially also because of cost reasons. A decent natural cork would cost easily 4 times as much as a synthetic cork.

Besides the issues with this kind of closure we also did have not the "health and balance" in the vineyard to keep a good and promising wine going for years to come.

We changed two major things the past 8 years to avoid "unfortunate" aging:
A)THE VINEYARDS! They are at a much better stage now concerning health and balance (thanks to Vineyard Manager Peter Martini and his crew).
B)THE CLOSURE! All MRS-wines and wines which promise to age "well" with some years to come, are closed with a good natural cork!

Thanks for the response - it was indeed the 2001, your first vintage of the M-R bottling. I was rather surprised to see the synthetic closure when I went to open the bottle and am glad you went back to cork. Still, there is nothing so disappointing as opening a cherished bottle which one has been aging for years to find it corked. Have you thought about screwcaps?

Recently enjoyed a delightful '99 Riesling from Dr. Frank under natural cork...

Cyclist, Screw caps pose another cost issue for us as our bottling line is not equipped to accommodate screw capping. All is not lost though with your suggestion and you can taste the fresh results with our Tierce wine which is capped with screw cap. Since the inaugural '04 vintage, all of the Tierce wines have been closed with screw cap. These wines can only be found at Anthony Road, Fox Run and Red Newt. At Anthony Road we still have 3 packs for sale with the '04, '05 and '06 vintage. Possibly Lenn will review these wines to check on the results of the screw cap for short and long term aging. Thanks, Peter

Peter - I think the idea of reviewing the older Tierce is a very good one, given the wildly divergent opinions on screw cap utility. A good friend from Kansas City visited this past October and we greatly a enjoyed a 2005 Tierce; there was, interestingly, a subtle hint of petrol or burnt rubber which was previously not present. It had us wondering if the wine was evolving -- or experiencing a slow symptom of reduction. Either way, he bought three bottles and declared it to be the best FL Riesling he has yet had. High praise indeed.

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