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Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5% RS: 17.00%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$59

Weis Vineyards
2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5% RS: 17.00%
Golden straw color. Aromas of apricot kefir, creme fraiche with nuts, and hard cheese rind with a fat body and a very long apricot sorbet, honeyed raisin toast, and spiced apples finish. A bright and juicy ice wine with mouthwatering acidity for spicy foods or cocktails.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: apricot kefir, creme fraiche with nuts, and hard cheese rind
Taste Flavor: apricot sorbet, honeyed raisin toast, and spiced apples
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright and juicy ice wine with mouthwatering acidity for spicy foods or cocktails.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

The Producer
10014 Day Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 607-284-4011

Their Portfolio

88 Weis Vineyards 2019 Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $17.00.
87 Weis Vineyards 2019 Terroir Slate, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $26.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2018 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 Weis Vineyards 2019 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
93 Weis Vineyards 2019 Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $17.00.
88 Weis Vineyards 2019 Perle, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2019 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Weis Vineyards 2018 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
92 Weis Vineyards 2016 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $39.00.
92 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
87 Weis Vineyards 2017 Winzer Select, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $89.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
96 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Zweigelt, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $23.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.

Ice Wine

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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.