Though there’s a hint of strawberry-vanilla saltwater taffy on the nose, this is a seriously dry wine, with loads of minerals, Earl Grey tea and thyme, as well as a hint of Clementine (pith included). This wine is crystalline and restrained, with delicate raspberry notes and the tiniest bubbles.

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WHO: Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
WHAT: Chardonnay, Pinot noir
WHERE: Finger Lakes, New York
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $25 (Media sample)

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  • George Fornadley

    If it had “champagne” on the label you would have paid double. My wife and I had the bottle we bought at the winery with surf and turf for valentine day, an excellent choice. After dinner I went on the internet and order more. We have been going to the winery for many many years, the change in ownership has made a good thing better.