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2012 Gewürztraminer Curry Creek Vineyard 86

Like the Pinot Gris from the same vineyard and vintage, this is a seriously ripe wine that is a bit lacking in terms of finesse and energy. Though more successful than the Pinot Gris, it is still too rich for my tastes. The nose is intensely floral, with tropical fruit accents. The palate is soft and broad, with low acidity and 17 grams of residual sugar. A phenolic edge on the finish adds interest. 17 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  86   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2015 Late Harvest Riesling (90-93)

Deep, bright gold in hue. This Beerenauslese style wine was produced from botrytis-infected bunches that were picked in the second half of November. The nose is gorgeous, offering super sweet apricot, white flowers, white tea leaves, warm spice cake, and pineapple. The texture is extremely concentrated and unctuous, with a sweet core of tropical fruit that coats the palate and lingers well into the finish. The acidity is modest but does its job, adding definition to the billowing palate. (tank sample)
— Kelli White  (90-93)   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2012 Riesling Sawmill Creek Vineyard Fred Block 91

Scents of freshly squeezed lemon juice combined with aromas of white sage, bread dough, and struck stones in this exceptionally bright and fun wine. The acidity is quite striking, making for a long, lean wine. The fruit is very much in the background, with rocky and even herbal tones coming through on the finish. 16 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  91   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2015 Riesling Lahoma Vineyard The Knoll (89-91)

A riper, more tropical expression of Riesling, this talkative wine displays a beautiful nose of papaya, crushed flowers, canned pears and pineapple. The palate is quite weighty, with a rich core of juicy stone fruits and a low-toned, stony quality running beneath. While there is sweetness, this is ultimately a dry wine, albeit a lush one. (tank sample)
— Kelli White  (89-91)   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2012 Riesling Tango Oaks Vineyard 90

The 2012 Tango Oaks Riesling is another beautifully aromatic offering from Red Newt. Aromas of lemongrass, spearmint, flint, and bread dough combine to form the nose. The palate is rocky and long, with a lithe body and impressive mineral depth. Perhaps because of the heat of the year, this wine’s acid feels comparatively modest, but is still present in sufficient quantity to shape and lift the wine. 7 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  90   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2012 Riesling North Block Sawmill Creek Vineyard 89

More confected in style, the 2012 Sawmill Creek North Block offers a ripe, playful nose of candied citrus rind, canned peaches, baby powder, and flint. The palate is straightforward but generous, with a rich and fruity body. Though fairly sweet, the wine finishes on a dry note, on account of the long, mineral-driven, smoke-laden finish. 67 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2015 Merlot Glacier Ridge Vineyard (88-89)

Dark ruby but still translucent in hue. This impressive wine offers better concentration and density than most Bordeaux varieties tend to display in the Finger Lakes. This is likely due to the low yields – 3 tons per acre compared to the regional norm of 4.5/5. Still, this remains a structured and acid-driven wine, with a bright burst of tart red fruit on the palate. Some fine-grained tannins tickle in the finish. (barrel sample)
— Kelli White  (88-89)   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com