Full Review

Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards
2019 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14
Best Buy
Cellar Selection

Wagner Vineyards
2019 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.9%
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, melon, white strawberry, warm ginger, and ripe pear with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-long finish with elements of pineapple chutney and hints of sea salt with no oak flavor. A rich, dry Riesling with great varietal character and minerality; drink now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: kiwi, melon, white strawberry, warm ginger, and ripe pear
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of pineapple chutney and hints of sea salt
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, dry Riesling with great varietal character and minerality; drink now or cellar.

The Producer

Wagner Vineyards

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

Their Portfolio

88 Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.9% (USA) $14.99.
87 Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.4% (USA) $14.99.
87 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Caywood East Vineyards Estate Bottled, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.3% (USA) $17.99.
91 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.3% (USA) $14.99.
89 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Select Off-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
93 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.9% (USA) $24.99.
87 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Dry Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.7% (USA) $14.99.
90 Wagner Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 12.3% (USA) $24.99.
BR Wagner Vineyards 2018 Caywood East Single Vineyard Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.7% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Wagner Vineyards 2019 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $14.00.
88 Wagner Vineyards 2018 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $14.00.
93 Wagner Vineyards 2019 Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.2% (USA) $14.00.
91 Wagner Vineyards 2019 Caywood East Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
88 Wagner Vineyards 2019 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $14.00.

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.