Full Review

Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: .6%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$13.49
Best Buy

Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: .6%
Yellow straw color. Fresh, fruity aromas of dried lemon wheels, white peach, honeycrisp apple, and honey with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length tangerine, starfruit, and sweet ginger finish with fine, fruit tannins. A lovely riesling that super-fresh with pure fruit aromas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried lemon wheels, white peach, honeycrisp apple, and honey
Taste Flavor: tangerine, starfruit, and sweet ginger
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baba Ganoush, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely riesling that super-fresh with pure fruit aromas.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

90 Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek Reserve Founder’s Red, Chancellor, New York State 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $9.99.
83 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
88 Johnson Estate NV "Red Iprocras" Estate Grown, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate NV "White Ipocras" Estate Grown, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $12.99.
81 Johnson Estate Estate Grown, Cream Sherry, Lake Erie 17% (USA) $18.99.
93 Johnson Estate "Maple" Estate Grown 21% (USA) $14.99.
81 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Dry Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Traminette, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $12.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate NV May Wine, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
94 Johnson Estate NV May Carbonated White Wine, American 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate NV Cherry Wine, American 21% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2015 Founders’ Red Freelings Creek Reserve, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $34.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $18.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $13.49.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, New York State 13% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Concord, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Niagara, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $15.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.99.
91 Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.6% (USA) $35.99.

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.