Riesling

Grown in each of our three estate vineyards, Riesling is central to our identity.  With every vintage we strive to craft wines that meet the exacting standards of the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard tradition. We hand harvest and hand sort, ensuring a precise level of control over what level of ripeness we are capturing. These picks are handled in small lots in the winery and blended for balance and texture prior to bottling.

  • Dry Riesling 2015

    Wiemer is considered one of the top Riesling producers in the United States.
    New York Times
    Finest American grown Riesling
    Saveur Magazine
    91 points (2014 Vintage) 92 points (2013 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    90 points (2014 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    90 points (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

    Our signature Riesling is vibrant and aromatic, featuring the distinctive minerality that has become our trademark. Fragrant essence of spring blossoms sets the stage for a succulent palate of early fruit, balanced with a refreshing crispness, revealing the true qualities of the Riesling grape. A brilliant texture carries into a lingering finish, in a wine that accommodates a wide range of food.

    Food Pairing: Asian cuisine, Poultry, Shellfish

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyards: 65% HJW, 23% Josef, 12% Magdalena
    Alcohol by Volume: 12.00%
    Residual Sugar: 0.9%
    Harvest: September 21 - October 24, 2015
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  • Reserve Dry Riesling 2015

    94 points (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
    90 points (2014 Vintage) 90 points (2010 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator
    92 points (2014 Vintage) Editor's Choice
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    The finest qualities of the estate are expressed in our Reserve Dry Riesling, an exclusive wine spotlighting unique characteristics from all three of our vineyard sites. Small selections of grapes are meticulously chosen from specifically identified lots, which are fermented separately and then blended to create the exquisite balance of juiciness, freshness, and minerality displayed in this specialty bottling. A brilliant, tangy nose heralds a burst of stone fruit and citrus zest on the palate. Fruit and minerality play into a lingering finish that continues to make the mouth water long after the wine is gone.

    Food Pairing: Asian cuisine, Chicken, Pork

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyards: 40% Josef, 15% HJW, 45% Magdalena
    Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
    Residual Sugar: 0.8%
    Harvest: October 2 - October 24, 2015
    Cases Produced: 250
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  • Semi-Dry Riesling 2015

    94 points (2012 Vintage) 91 points (2013 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    91 Points (2014 Vintage) 91 Points (2013 VIntage) 91 Points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this, fruit-forward wine exhibits a rich mouthfeel and a satisfying finish. Its juiciness means this crowd-pleasing wine is appropriate for drinking on its own or with spicier dishes.

    Food Pairings: Asian cuisine, poultry, shellfish

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyards: HJW, Magdalena, Josef, and Seneca Lake AVA vineyards
    Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
    Residual Sugar: 2.2%
    Harvest: September 27 - October 19, 2015
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  • Riesling HJW Vineyard 2014

    94+ (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
    93 points (2014 Vintage) Editor's Choice 94 points (2013 Vintage) 92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    91 Points (2014 Vintage) 92 Points (2012 Vintage) 92 Points (2010 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator Magazine
    92 points (2014 Vintage) 92 points (2013 Vintage) 92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Planted in 1976, our HJW Vineyard features Hermann’s original plantings on Seneca Lake. Mature vines, combined with the site’s shallow topsoil and shale bedrock, produce lower yields, resulting in expressively vibrant flavors. Higher elevation and a greater distance from Seneca Lake contribute to a cooler growing season, resulting in a leaner, more austere wine with intense flavor and an excellent aging potential. These core characteristics of the HJW vineyard are expressed in this exclusive vineyard-specific wine. Invigorating crispness and an appealing balance of flavors combine with an unprecedented minerality, which carries into an impressive and enduring finish. 

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyard: HJW
    Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
    Residual Sugar: 0.7%
    Harvest: October 16 - November 1, 2014
    Cases Produced: 250
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  • Riesling Magdalena Vineyard 2014

    91 points (2014 Vintage) 92 points (2013 Vintage) 93 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    93 points (2014 Vintage) Editor's Choice 93 points (2013 Vintage) Editor's Choice 92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    93 points (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
    91 points (2014 Vintage) 91 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    The unique traits of our Magdalena Vineyard are featured in this lush Riesling. A beneficial air exchange with Seneca Lake moderates the temperatures, creating a warmer and more protective site in the colder months and a cooling effect throughout the summer.  The airflow keeps the vineyard dry, and deep soil provides room for spreading root growth. The lime silt loam soil that the site is celebrated for is crucial to the development of flavor intensity in the grapes. The resulting ripeness greets you in the nose with an intense, floral bouquet. This gives way to a fruit-driven, mouth-coating freshness that lingers for minutes after the first sip. Magdalena wines are striking and powerful, and develop very well over time– whether in the glass or in the cellar. 

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyard: Magdalena
    Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
    Residual Sugar: 0.8%
    Harvest: October 19 - November 3, 2014
    Cases Produced: 350
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  • Late Harvest Riesling 2014

    94 points (2014 Vintage) 91 points (2013 Vintage) 93 points (2012 Vintage) 94 points (2009 vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    93 points (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker Wine Advocate
    90 points (2012 vintage) 90 points (2010 vintage)
    Wine Spectator

    This enticing Riesling is crafted in the traditional German Spätlese style, with moderate natural sweetness counterpoised by a bright, invigorating liveliness. In a yearly gamble against the weather, grapes for Spätlese wines are left to hang for a longer time on the vines, allowing them to develop riper flavor profiles. The later picking also increases must weight resulting in a more full-bodied wine. Spätlese wines have a greater intensity and strength than Kabinett-style wines, though are still the lightest of the late harvest wines. The outcome is a wine with an elegant yet luscious nose, followed by a generous palate of crisp ripe fruit and floral notes, lingering into a long, naturally sweet finish. Our exceptional late harvest wine pairs well with cheese and fruit, with lighter roasted or barbequed meats, or serves as a refreshing after-dinner wine.

    Food Pairing: Lobster, Cream Sauces, Soft & BlueCheeses

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyards: 60% Josef, 35% Magdalena, 5% HJW
    Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
    Sugar Level at harvest: 23.4%
    Residual Sugar: 5.2%
    Harvest: October 24- November 7, 2014
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  • Riesling Josef Vineyard 2015

    92 points (2014 Vintage) 93 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    94 points (2013 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast
    92 points (2014 Vintage)
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
    90 Points (2014 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    The oldest Rieslings in our Josef Vineyard date back to the 1970s. These robust vines, assisted by a warming lake effect and beneficial topography, produce consistently ripe fruit of great flavor and intensity. Increased sugar densities from this rich site enable us to craft Rieslings in the traditional Auslese style. Fresh and lively with medium viscosity and clean finish, the Riesling Josef Vineyard pairs with a variety of full-flavored dishes and will drink with distinction for years to come.

    Food Pairing: Lobster, Cream Sauces, Soft Cheeses

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyard: Josef
    Alcohol by Volume: 9.3%
    Sugar Level at Harvest: 22.5%
    Residual Sugar: 6.2%
    Harvest: October 20, 2015
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  • Noble Select Riesling Josef Vineyard 2010

    92 Points & 93 Points
    Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits Magazine
    94 points (2008 Vintage) & 92 Points (2008 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirit Magazine and Wine Spectator

    The peak of ripeness in a warm year with a long fall, the 2010 botrytis picks from our Josef Vineyard were stunningly weighty. The Noble Select dessert wine from these picks shows a beautiful nose with honeyed citrus and lychee. Intense, mouth-coating flavors of clover honey and apricot extend to a finish of layered pine sap and allspice.

    This wine will cellar for decades. To enjoy it before the 2050s, open with triple cream cheeses, foie gras, or an creamy chocolate dessert.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Harvest Date: November 12th & 17th, 2010
    Alcohol by Volume: 7.3%
    Sugar Level at harvest: 49.2%
    Residual Sugar: 34.5%
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  • Noble Select Riesling Magdalena Vineyard 2013

    93 points
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    The final, 100% botrytis picks from our Magdalena Vineyard evince the structure, topicality, and mouth-coating waxiness we associate with that site’s other Riesling picks. At the extreme sugar concentration achieved with  additional hangtime, the Noble Select picks from this site are spice-rich and acid-driven.

    A citrus flower and ginger nose open for densely packed flavors of yellow apple crumble and mango puree. 

    This wine will cellar comfortably for decades. To enjoy now we recommend cheese & charcuterie plates, spicy pork rillette, and peach pie.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Harvest Date: November 15, 2013
    Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
    Sugar Level at Harvest: 35.3%
    Residual Sugar: 16.1%
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