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Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards
2017 Estate Bottled Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Eiswein

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.9% RS: 17%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Wagner Vineyards
2017 Estate Bottled Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Eiswein

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.9% RS: 17%
Golden yellow color. Aromas of apricot liqueur, quince, and clove honey with a vibrant, moderately sweet full body and an interesting, medium-long apricot nectar, white peach skin, and golden delicious apple skin finish. A delicious stone-fruit nectar Eiswein for polishing off a splendid meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: apricot liqueur, quince, and clove honey
Taste Flavor: apricot nectar, white peach skin, and golden delicious apple skin
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Foie Gras, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious stone-fruit nectar Eiswein for polishing off a splendid meal.

The Producer

Wagner Vineyards

The Producer
9322 State Rte 414
Lodi, NY 14860
USA
1 607-582-6450

Eiswein

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Serve in a Copita
Eiswein is a highly limited German wine made from grapes that are frozen; they are usually harvest after the first frost. This is often after Christmas and can even take place after the first of the year.

An eiswein is quite lush and sweet with tremendous complexity and aging potential; fifty years is not out of the question. Because wines such as this can only be made in extreme years and because it is such a time-consuming and difficult wine to make (fermentation take many weeks to finish), it is a very expensive wine; it is not unusual to find an Eiswein priced at $100 or $150 per half-bottle.

Eiswein can be produced from a variety of grapes, from Riesling to Chardonnay. While Eiswein is most famously produced in Germany, it is also produced in Austria and the name can be used for similar wines in Canada.