As part of a 3-part series on New York wines, Wall Street Journal wine critic Lettie Teague highlights wines and producers from the Finger Lakes Region, delving into single vineyard examples and site-specific bottlings. She writes, “… at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, co-owners Oskar Bynke and Fred Merwarth produce a range of wines but have long been renowned for their Rieslings, both sweet and dry. When I broached the subject of vineyard selection, Mr. Bynke produced a map ablaze with analysis on acreage, exposition and grape variety, rendered in an array of fonts. The map was impressive and, more important, so were the wines. Two standout Rieslings also happened to be the winery’s first single-vineyard wines: Magdalena and HJW, produced in 2007, the year the partners took over from the winery’s namesake founder. The opulent 2020 Hermann J. Wiemer Magdalena Vineyard Riesling ($39) blossomed with orchard fruit, while the 2020 Hermann J. Wiemer HJW Vineyard Riesling ($39) struck a more mineral note, with a racy acidity—two very different but equally striking expressions of the Riesling grape.”
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