Stunning example of what 40 year old vines can do in the Finger Lakes. Awesome fruit, incredibly floral and wonderful acid balance with citrus, white peach, melon, honey and rose petal. Very ripe fruit fermented dry.
Part of the vineyard is biodynamic. Gorgeous with a long life ahead (but who can resist it now?) — 12 days ago
Aromas of white pit fruit on the nose. Hints of pears & peach with a smooth finish of pleasant minerality — 7 days ago
Reminds me of some of the better kontokosta (very fancy LI vineyard) vintages. Great stuff. — 9 days ago
Always a notch above the pack of FLX dry Rieslings. Good concentration, fine texture and some complexity. Seamless and perfectly balanced, with essential Riesling fruitiness unmarred by reduction or by the crude, dark minerality that shale-heavy vineyards can sometimes convey. #flxriesling #wiemer — 15 days ago
Delicious! Definitely my favorite bully hill wine. You can really taste the vanilla. — 7 days ago
Yes! Man I miss Finger Lakes Riesling. Stone fruit, citrus, dry with zesty acidity and lingering mellow / floral (?) finish. Friggin tasty--nice job Empire. — 14 days ago
A surprising wine - more the color of Pinot Noir than a classic cab Franc but so aromatic and elegant. Medium ruby, gorgeous nose of violet, leather, black olive, forest floor and blackberry.
Medium plus acidity, very long finish — 12 days ago
Black cherry, currant, vanilla, cola, raspberry and licorice. Good structure and soft tannins. — 14 hours ago
So this is my wine of year, 2018. On sight: a distressing shade of brown, with obvious floaters and heavy sediment. However, all that follows is trompe a l’oeil of the highest order, with oxidative elements suffused with freshness and reductive elements that express themselves in layers of complexity rather than primordial stink. Intense aromas and flavors of poached pear, star anise, porcini broth and white tea rise and fade within a frame of RS somewhere between trocken and feinherb. On the palate: ethereal texture, presence and length, with a weight reminiscent of some of Julien Meyer’s best Rieslings: simultaneously commanding and feathery. There are no primary or obvious elements of classic Riesling, yet you know it’s Riesling because no other grape could be a vehicle for this kind of brilliance. Just the barest hint of Manzanilla and sea salt on the complex finish. I really don’t know much about this winery, but I’ve never had anything from them that’s less than incredible. I’d place this next to ‘78 Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet, ‘82 DRC Montrachet, ‘59 Huet Vouvray Haut-Lieu and ‘76 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese in my “greatest whites” list. It IS that good, and I’ve been trying to talk myself out of that thought since April, when I consumed it from a paper cup in a hotel room. #bloomercreek #flxriesling — 21 days ago