Riesling, Right on Time - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Riesling, Right on Time

Some of the highest-scoring rieslings in our August issue were multiple-vineyard blends. Patrick J. Comiskey spoke with the winemakers responsible for those blends about the decisions behind them and riesling’s unique capacity to capture terroir, from ground to blend to bottle. You can read the feature in our August issue; digital subscribers can also check it out online! — the W&S Team

The HJW vineyard

This may be Hermann J. Wiemer’s late harvest riesling, but to taste it is to encounter impressions that run dry and fruity, lean and tropical, salty and sweet. Fred Merwarth pulls fruit from multiple vineyards (Josef, HJW, Magdalena and Standing Stone) and multiple picks are involved, resulting in a range of flavors and shades with which to blend, which is why the wine’s essence seems to vacillate, walking a line of citrus and nectarine and pear, a hint of saffron and honey, a whiff of phenolics in a mild bite. It’s a marvel of balance and poise, such that the very use of the word “late” is a misnomer: everything seems to be right on time, right where it should be.


Hermann J. Wiemer 2019 Seneca Lake Late Harvest Riesling (Best Buy)

Every week, our editors highlight a wine that intrigued them in our blind panel tastings, expanding on their tasting note in this space. These are entirely editorial choices; there are no paid placements. Subscribers can also access the original tasting note by searching here.

Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.

This story appears in the print issue of August 2021.
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