Full Review

Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
2016 Semi-Dry, Riesling, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 2%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15.95

Black Willow Winery
2016 Semi-Dry, Riesling, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 2%
Straw green color. Earthy aromas of ripe heirloom apples, butternut squash, starfruit, marinated celery, and ripe papaya with a supple, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk sweet lemon finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking riesling with a kiss of fruity sweetness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe heirloom apples, butternut squash, starfruit, marinated celery, and ripe papaya
Taste Flavor: sweet lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Acorn Squash Soup, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy-drinking riesling with a kiss of fruity sweetness.

The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982

Their Portfolio

83 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
87 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
92 Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar 12% (USA) $17.95.
87 Black Willow Winery Freyja’s Passion 12% (USA) $18.95.
88 Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure 12% (USA) $18.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Bare Cat Blush, Niagara Country 11% (USA) $10.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Black Widow Berry, New York State 11% (USA) $11.95.
84 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $.00.
82 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
81 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
91 Black Willow Winery 2016 Trilogy Red Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
89 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Reserve, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy Red, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Off-Dry Bare Cat Blush, Niagara County 11% (USA) $10.95.
80 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2016 Semi-Dry, Riesling, New York State 12% (USA) $15.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2016 Classic White Blend, Diamond, New York State 12% (USA) $12.95.
90 Black Willow Winery 2017 Trilogy White Reserve, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
86 Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar 12% (USA) $18.95.
85 Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure 12% (USA) $18.95.
84 Black Willow Winery Freyja’s Passion 12% (USA) $18.95.

Riesling

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Although many consumers believe Riesling is a sweet wine, there are all types, ranging from bone dry to ultra-sweet. Offering a remarkable array of perfumes ranging from apricot and peach to peony and petrol, and having excellent natural acidity, Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Germany is home to the most famous examples of Riesling; produced from vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, these wines have tremendous character and minerality, owing to the slate soils these vines are planted on. Alsace, in northeastern France is another region that excels with Riesling (especially dry versions); the same is true for the Clare Valley in Australia, where Rieslings are often characterized by a petrol aroma.

Dry versions work with many different types of foods, from seafood with cream sauces to pork, veal and duck. Sweeter version should either be served on their own or with blue cheeses such as stilton or gorgonzola.

While it is safe to say that Riesling is an under appreciated wine for the typical American consumer, there has been greater popularity over the past few decades, as dry and off-dry Rieslings pair beautifully with Thai, Asian and fusion cuisine; thus Riesling is a wine directly linked to a healthy lifestyle.