The 2008 Dry Riesling Reserve is another rather austere Riesling Reserve from Red Newt, with that big power and acidity. Sourced from Sawmill Creek (not indicated, though), the acidity here is less the problem than the funk. It has a bit of a smoky demeanor. Once past that, though, this is fresh, transparent and rather vigorous. This might yet improve, but the funk makes it hard to deal with just now. Note: The name here going forward formally became “Dry Riesling Reserve,” but this is more or less the same idea as the 2006 (not called “Dry Riesling Reserve,” but so listed on the back).
88 points – #225, The Wine Advocate