Even as many Finger Lakes wineries get more attention from national publications, Thirsty Owl Wine Company continues to fly (pun intended) a bit under the radar. I'm not familiar enough with the people behind the wines to say why, though.
Still, the Cayuga Lake producer does come recommended by at least a handful of local wine lovers I respect and trust, so I was excited to be able to buy a bottle of this riesling a little while back.
Peach and dried apricot aromas lead the way on the nose with a dollop of honey and subtle hay notes, which probably means there was at least some botrytis here.
Ripe, juicy -- almost candied -- peach flavors are accented by lime and grapefruit zest on a off-dry palate. The light, honeyed sweetness perceptible on the mid-palate is cut and balanced reasonably wellby a squirt of citrusy acidity.
The finish is medium length, fruity but dry.
This wine would be a solid value at $12-13, but is still a very nice wine at $15.
Producer: Thirsty Owl Wine Company
AVA: North Finger Lakes