2013 Dry Riesling – 89 points

The 2013 Dry Riesling comes in with 6 grams per liter of residual sugar and 11.8% alcohol. This is the winery’s workhorse Riesling. Says winemaker Kelby Russell: “The 2013 marks the style it will be going forward; an intentional flint/smoke note from reduction…rich fruit underneath…extended lees contact….” I was a little worried about that flinty comment, but this tastes pretty clean. Focused, surprisingly concentrated at this level and just a bit fruity at times, it is beautifully balanced. It finishes dry with some tension, but not austere, making it easy to like and easy to drink. At the price point, it is a very good value from Red Newt. If it doesn’t quite hit the “exceptional” mark, it isn’t far off. It does everything well and exceeds expectations. This was sourced from 8-year-old vines. There were 1,150 cases produced.

89 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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