Full Review

Point of the Bluff Vineyards

Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2017 Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 20%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$80

Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2017 Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 20%
Old gold color. Aromas of dried pineapple, mango candies, and slate with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid honeyed pear, turkish delight, and rose petals finish with no oak flavor. A pleasing ice wine with luscious fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: dried pineapple, mango candies, and slate
Taste Flavor: honeyed pear, turkish delight, and rose petals
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasing ice wine with luscious fruit.

The Producer

Point of the Bluff Vineyards LLC

The Producer
8524 Broadview Heights
Keuka Park, NY 14478
USA
1 585-259-7186

Ice Wine

Wine Glass Dessert.jpg
Serve in a Copita
Ice Wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes that are harvested very late, anywhere from December to early March. At peak, these frozen grapes have at harvest, a water content in which 80% remains as frozen crystals. Fermentation takes months to complete.

Ice wine is made from white and red grapes, primarily Riesling as well as Vidal, while Cabernet Franc is the leading red variety. Most examples of ice wine are still, but there are also sparkling versions produced.

Canada is a major producer of Ice Wine, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Residual sugar is quite high (about 150 grams per liter, similar to Sauternes from France), but since the acidity is usually high, ice wines do not taste overly sweet.

Ideal consumption time is from eight to ten years; these are best enjoyed on their own or with blue cheeses.