2012 Redux: Local Paradox, Getting Finger Lakes Wines the Recognition They Deserve

Editor's Note: No one is a prophet in their own country, goes the saying. It seems true for winemaking in the Finger Lakes, sometimes, as Katrina Anderson found out, when she noted how New York wine lists - even the ones in the Finger Lakes themselves - often made little room for local wines. Are the wines too expensive or is the quality lacking? Who is interested — or not — in New York wines? Such are the questions the piece seeks to answer. –Rémy Charest, Editor
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2010 Red Tail Ridge Semi-Dry Riesling

There are tropical notes in this wine, and just enough roundness and sweetness from the residual sugar, yet there is also a good dose of fresh lime on the finish, as well as a bit of mineral tension to make the whole package the best of both worlds. Highly Recommended.
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2010 Thirty Bench Riesling

In cooler winegrowing areas, one could easily think that the appearance of a warm, dry, sunny vintage would always be greeted with enthusiasm and happiness by winegrowers and winemakers. The reality, however, i...
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2009 Ravines Cabernet Franc

Supposedly 2009 wasn’t an easy harvest in the Finger Lakes, but you’d never guess it based on this wine. Lovely rich aromas of toasted fruit, burnt sugar and earth. Nice fully developed fruit, plummy on the palate, and some good acidity for balance. Moderate finish, light at the very end. Highly recommended. BSE
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2010 Rooster Hill Estate Medium Sweet Riesling

Clear, medium intensity straw yellow. Medium-light aromas of yellow apple, apricot, fresh pear, light florals, and candied lemon. Semi-sweet on the palate with medium-low acidity, medium body and flavors of apple, peach, pear, and honey. A light finish. Not “elegant” like the bottle claims, but true to the variety and easy to drink. Pair with pulled pork or orange chicken. Recommended. RR