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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

2013 Riesling Tango Oaks Vineyard 91+

While the nose is beautiful with its scents of kefir lime, tobacco, oyster shell, and stone, the palate is a bit disjointed at the moment, with the acidity standing somewhat apart from fruit. This had resolved significantly when I returned to the open bottle later in the day, so my suspicion is that more time is required to knit the wine’s bones with its flesh.
— Kelli White  91+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Semi-Dry Riesling 89+

This Riesling from Red Newt is technically off-dry, but the sugar level is such that it affects the texture more than the flavor. The nose is quite flinty and reduced, with chatty aromas of white nectarine, hay, and lemon oil vying for attention. The palate is bright and peachy, with the kiss of sugar serving to soften and balance the bright, invigorating acidity. The finish has a subtle orange rind bitterness which is quite endearing. The only point of detraction for this wine is how dominant the reduction is; its powerful, flinty signature refuses to diminish with air and stands strong throughout the finish. 21 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Riesling The Knoll Lahoma Vineyard 89

Red Newt’s 2013 Lahoma Vineyard Riesling presents a nose of pink grapefruit, a tinge of petrol, and a flinty, reductive note. The palate is fairly creamy, with a glycerin type quality that winemaker Kelby Russell claims comes from prolonged lees exposure. The lowish acidity only emphasizes the textural breadth, and the finish is of medium length. 9 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Riesling Lahoma Vineyard 89

The 2013 Lahoma Riesling offers a low-toned nose of ripe stone fruits, flint, worn leather, and a kiss of vanilla. The palate is a bit more lively, with a soft, fleshy core and a subtle sweetness that coats the cheeks and tongue. Though the acidity is lower than average, it still helps frame the wine, and becomes a bit more pronounced in the finish. 39 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Dry Riesling 88

Pale gold/green in hue. This extremely aromatic wine offers a punchy, tropical nose of apricot, star fruit, kiwi, and lime, in addition to a compelling smoky note that snakes through the fruit. Given the exuberance of the nose, the palate is surprisingly austere, with a pronounced structure and a distinctly chalky undertone. 6 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  88   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2012 Riesling Bullhorn Creek Vineyard 92

Pale yellow gold. A fantastic wine, the 2012 Bullhorn Creek Riesling is impeccably balanced, with the nose and palate in perfect harmony. This is decidedly not a fruity wine, though its nose of wet stone, moss, diesel, and a touch of Asian pear still manages to be charming. The palate boasts 10 grams per liter of residual sugar, which it wears quite well. Super-expressive and juicy, this wine is mouth-watering and extremely appealing on the palate. The finish is long and stony, with a Chablis-like mineral funk underlining the finish. Very nice.
— Kelli White  92   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