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2016 Kelby James Russell Rose – 88 points

2016-kelby-james-russell-dry-rose-of-cabernet-francWine Enthusiast
July 2017
Electric-pink color and piercing acidity add to the unique personality  of this bold angular Cabernet Franc rosé. Tart sour-cherry and raspberry flavors are pristine and primary, but nuanced with lingering hints of bramble and savory herb. This is a refreshingly substantive style of rosé to enjoy with even heartier fare well into the fall months.  reviewed 7/1/2017  Anna Lee C. Iijima

 

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 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

2014 Riesling The Knoll – Lahoma Vineyards 95

An extraordinary wine, this is Finger Lakes dry Riesling at its finest. The nose is an exotic combination of kefir lime, lemon candy, mint, and thyme. The palate is just as expressive as the nose, offering a perfect balance between flesh and acid—rather than one swelling as the other dwindles, they march in sync from entry through to finish. A wine of remarkable intensity and purity, the 2014 The Knoll concludes with an epic finish of tremendous mineral depth. 5 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  95   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Riesling Kelby James Russell 92+

The nose on this lovely Riesling from Red Newt’s winemaker’s personal brand is as classic as they come, featuring scents of lime skin, green apple, white grapefruit, and wet stone. Though the nose is quite exuberant, the palate is fairly restrained, with a chalky, rocky feel and a super bright and guiding acidity. I imagine that it might yet blossom with a bit of further aging. With only 1 gram per liter of residual sugar, the wine is officially bone dry.
— Kelli White  92+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Dry Riesling 92

The sophisticated sibling to Red Newt’s off-dry Circle, the 2014 Dry Riesling represents an enormous value relative to its quality. The nose is flinty and bright, with aromas of lemon ice, white peach, and anise. The palate is juicy and bracing, with good weight to the flesh and a spicy citric finish, redolent of kumquat. 6 grams per liter of residual sugar.
— Kelli White  92   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Riesling Circle 89

Red Newt’s Circle Riesling is their largest production wine, and, with 33 grams per liter of residual sugar, it is designed to offer an easy approachability and broad appeal. This particular vintage is especially delicious, matching soft, peachy fruit to 2014’s hallmark vibrancy. The nose is a tantalizing combination of ripe stone fruits and flint, and the palate is lush and fruit-forward, with a soft texture that is held aloft by the perky acidity. A lovely floral tone comes through in the finish. Overall, an easy-drinking and well-made wine.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com