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2014 Circle Riesling – 88 points

The 2014 Circle Riesling is Red Newt’s workhorse wine, but it is a very good value. It comes in with 28 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10.1% alcohol. Typically a blend of vineyards, this time it was sourced from a single tank sourced from Lahoma Vineyard. Like so many of the Finger Lakes’ better wineries, Red Newt over-delivers at the low end. This has a gloriously fresh feel despite the sugar, plus classic flavors and respectable tension on the finish. Clean, if on the lighter side, this overachieves in its youth. To be sure, it will not likely develop as well as the big boys. It may not stay at peak for all of its useful life. For the moment and no doubt the next several years, it offers a lot of value. There were 1,800 cases produced. This is set for August 1, 2016 release.

88 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2007 Gewurztraminer “Sawmill Creek Vineyards” – 88 points

The 2007 Gewurztraminer “Sawmill Creek Vineyards” comes in at 4 grams per liter of residual sugar and 13.8% alcohol. It is dry and powerful. This was on limited release for a few years, but is now fully released because it is said to be coming into full maturity. Surprisingly transparent, this isn’t quite as aromatic or as flavorful as I expected, lacking the intensity of either that great Gewurz can get. It is a step short in some ways, muttering Gewurz in muted tones, but not really declaring it. I suspect it has faded a bit with age. The late-release program may have been a bit too late. It is subtle and restrained, which may make some quite happy, noting Gewurz’s reputation as a love-it-or-leave-it grape. Happily, it is not bitter, either, despite the modest residual sugar. It even seems a touch fruity on the finish. Lingering reasonably on the finish, it tightens a bit more with air and warmth, but at this point, this Gewurz is all about balance and harmony. It is attractive in its understated way, but it is as good as it is going to get. Overall, this is easy to drink and easy to like, but for a little more intensity and typicity (but less harmony and balance), try the 2007 Curry Creek also reviewed this issue. There were 120 cases produced.

88 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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2013 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards – The Big H” – 91 points

The 2013 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards – The Big H” has 24 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10.9% alcohol. For all of that sugar, it is more about its balance and freshness than sweetness. It has citrus hints, what winemaker Kelby Russell called “orange fruit.” This is the first bottling of the 2008 vines previously used as a blending component. Floral, fresh and remarkably aromatic, this is a wine that is fun to just smell. Its acidity and aromatics are simply enlivening and invigorating. Set for August release, it looks like a winner that should hold reasonably well. Note that the “Big H” stands for Harlan, which the winery could not use due to a prior trademark. There were 120 cases produced.

91 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2009 Riesling “Davis Farms Vineyard” – 89 points

The 2009 Riesling “Davis Farms Vineyard” shows some petrol that mutes the Riesling aromatics and flavor somewhat, but it’s hard not to admire this for its fine concentration and structure. For all of the funk, this drinks beautifully, intense, focused and precise. It is classified as off-dry, but that mostly means that it is not austere or piercing. It is not exactly sugary, so don’t hesitate to use it as a table wine.

89 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2007 Gewurztraminer “Curry Creek Vineyards” – 88 points

The 2007 Gewurztraminer “Curry Creek Vineyards,” from a location close to Sawmill Creek, is bone dry and leaning to the austere–1 gram per liter of residual sugar and 14.7% alcohol. This was on limited release for a few years, but is now fully released because it is said to be coming into full maturity. Intense and powerful, this is laced with lychee notes and finishes with hints of bitterness, yet manages not to be harsh and overly austere, notwithstanding the modest sugar. Juicy and mouthwatering on the finish, this handles its alcohol pretty well, but it always seems to be a bruiser, more concentrated and more intense than its kinder, gentler (but more faded) sibling, the Sawmill Creek also reviewed this issue. Don’t hold either too long at this point.

88 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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2013 Riesling “Tango Oaks Vineyard” – 91 points

The 2013 Riesling “Tango Oaks Vineyard” is not yet released (set for July 1), but it is at least as good as the 2012–and maybe better. It seems fresher and livelier, for one thing, and I don’t think that is merely a symptom of being a year younger. Simply gorgeous in aromatics and intensity of flavor, it may not quite have the concentration of the 2012, but it seems to do everything else better. Rather dry (just 5 grams per liter of residual sugar), its underlying acidity supports the fruit and pounds it into the palate. It’s a beauty.

91 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2014 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards – The Knoll” – 92 points

The 2014 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards – The Knoll” is the second vintage of this bottling. Not likely to be released until spring 2017, it comes in with 5 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12.6% alcohol. Call this an early look, since we’ve certainly seen some evidence that Red Newt’s Rieslings blossom and improve with age. Quite dry, it shows off the big acidity that the winery clearly likes (I do, too) and a lively, fresh feel. The big finish has the promise of fine things to come as this ages. It is simply gripping and intense. The future seems bright here. It may yet be entitled to an uptick.

92 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2013 Riesling “Sawmill Creek Vineyards – North Block” – 92 points

The 2013 Riesling “Sawmill Creek Vineyards – North Block” has 49 grams per liter of residual sugar and 8% alcohol. Says winemaker Kelby Russell: “The North block best expresses itself as a Spatlese style Riesling.” The rich beginning certainly indicates that this is an off-dry Riesling, but I never would’ve guessed that there were 49 grams per liter of residual sugar in it. The richness moderates with air and becomes a bit more subtle. The elegant mid-palate makes it seem refined and the acidity balances the sugar beautifully. Harmonious, gentle and lush, this drinks beautifully. There is just a hint of flint in the background. This will be released around the time this article appears. There were 210 cases produced.

92 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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2012 Dry Riesling Reserve – 91 points

The 2012 Dry Riesling Reserve comes in at 11.0% alcohol and 8 grams per liter of residual sugar. The winery sources grapes for the Reserve from all of its vineyards and blends them in vintages deemed to be the best for Riesling. Quite beautiful, this has a stony edge with a hint of lemon and fine integration of its modest sugar with the acidity. It has enough sugar to make it just a little fruity, but not sweet, and give it a bit of roundness. If it is not quite the bone-dry, austere style, it is certainly dry and full-bodied. It fills the mouth pretty respectably, showing good depth as well as fine balance. It is easy to drink, but also transparent with just a hint of petrol in the background. That largely blows off with air. Penetrating and persistent, it is very well done and it should certainly drink well for the next decade and maybe beyond. Being of conservative disposition, we’ll take that in stages. There were 220 cases produced.

91 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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2013 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards” – 91 points

The 2013 Riesling “Lahoma Vineyards” has 39 grams per liter of residual sugar and 8.9% alcohol. Elegant and distinguished, this has a delicate beginning and power on the finish. Classically aromatic and with typical flavors, this shows plenty of finesse, but it does tighten a bit with air. When I went back to it, it was just a bit more interesting. The acidic ping on the finish doesn’t take over this wine, as with some of the drier styles, but it does fight back against that sugar. This is very nice. This will be released just about the time this article appears.

91 points – #225, The Wine Advocate

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