WINE SPECTATOR – Top 100 Wines 2010

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling Reserve 2008 joins a list of emerging stars and time honored stalwarts in Wine Spectators Top 100 – 2010.

As the first Finger Lakes Riesling in history,  and the only American Riesling to reach this years honorable list, our Dry Rieslings Reserve was selected as one of the top 100 most exciting wines of the year.

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines they reviewed over the past 12 months and select the most exciting for their Top 100. This annual list, which debuted in 1988, reflects significant trends, spotlights successful regions and recognizes outstanding producers. In 2010, we reviewed more than 15,800 new releases from around the world in blind tastings. More than 3,900 of these wines earned outstanding or classic ratings (90 points or higher on our 100-point scale). They narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and an X-factor we call excitement. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect our editors’ judgment and passion about the wines we tasted.

The Magazine with the full listing of wines will be at the news stands in December.