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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

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

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

2012 Riesling Sawmill Creek Vineyard Fred Block 91

Scents of freshly squeezed lemon juice combined with aromas of white sage, bread dough, and struck stones in this exceptionally bright and fun wine. The acidity is quite striking, making for a long, lean wine. The fruit is very much in the background, with rocky and even herbal tones coming through on the finish. 16 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  91   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

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 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

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