Damiani Wine Cellars, on the eastern shorts of Seneca Lake, has built a reputation around its red wines -- a unique focus in a region known mostly for its aromatic whites.
They do make white wines -- and now bubbly -- too though, and while most of them have underwhelmed, this Damiani Wine Cellars 2008 Riesling ($16) stood out during my tasting last weekend.
The winery sourced the riesling for this wine from one of the region's most experienced and respected growers -- Sam Argetsinger. I've tasted a couple other rieslings (1|2) made with Sam's grapes and this wine has a lot in common with those. It's a small sample size obviously, but I think Argetsinger rieslings clearly have a uniqueness to them. I guess you could say that's terroir.
Extremely aromatic, the nose brings orange blossom, peach, lime and subtle grapefruit aromas with classic Finger Lakes slate and just a little anise.
Lithe and lively, the palate features citrusy, mouth-watering acidity with primary flavors of lime, green apple and grapefruit zest, and understated apricot and slate notes in the background. The finish is long and ends on a slightly tart note.
Producer: Damiani Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
Production: 225 cases
Rating: (3.5 out of 5 | Very good-to-Delicious)