By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor
In general, 2009 wasn't a great year in New York for reds, but it was great for whites. Remember that the next time you hear that this vintage or that "wasn't a good year." It's rare that a season is bad for both reds and whites.
2009 was Jonathan Hunt's first vintage as head winemaker and based on his Hunt Country Vineyards 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling ($14) I'd say he has an affinity for the grape.
Just-ripe pear aromas dominate the nose with a squirt of lime juice, hints of citrus blossom and some high-toned white tea complexity.
That lime-pear combination is a bit more citrusy on the mouthwatering, well-balanced palate, with the white tea and blossom character further in the background. Though off-dry, it wears the 2.5% RS well because of snappy acidity that turns just a bit sour on a long finish.
Producer: Hunt Country Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
TA: 9.9 g/L