Riesling

Grown in each of our three estate vineyards, Riesling is central to our identity.  With every vintage we strive craft a wine that meets the exacting standards of the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard tradition. Only exceptional grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in small lots which are then carefully blended to ensure texture and balance.

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    Dry Riesling 2013

    Wiemer is considered one of the top Riesling producers in the United States.
    New York Times
    Finest American grown Riesling.
    Saveur
    90 points (2009 Vintage)
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    92 points (2009 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine 2011
    91 points (2012 Vintage) 90 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine & Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    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 12 - October 23, 2013
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    Reserve Dry Riesling 2013

    92 points (2012 Vintage) 91 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine & Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    90 points (2010 Vintage) 90 points (2011 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator
    90 Points (2009 Vintage) Top 100 (2008 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator
    94 points (2009 Vintage) 92 points (2011 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% HJW, 20% Josef, 20% Magdalena
    Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
    Residual Sugar: 0.8%
    Harvest: September 24 - October 29, 2013
    Cases Produced: 475
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    Semi-Dry Riesling 2013

    94 points (2012 Vintage) 92 points (2008 Vintage) 91 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine & Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    92 Points (2008 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this delicate, fruit-forward wine reveals the classic flavors of the varietal. The Riesling grape is known for expressing well in any range, from dry to sweet. Our semi-dry style exhibits a rich mouthfeel and a satisfying finish. Its mango-like juiciness makes this crowd-pleasing wine appropriate for summer sipping, or for pairing with myriad full-flavored foods. 

    Food Pairings: Asian cuisine, poultry, shellfish

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyards: HJW, Magdalena, and Josef; and Seneca Lake AVA vineyards
    Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
    Residual Sugar: 2.2%
    Harvest: September 18 - October 12, 2013
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    Riesling HJW Vineyard 2013

    92 points (2012 Vintage) 92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine & Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    92 Points (2010 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator
    92 Points (2009 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    92 Points (2009 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator

    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: 12.3%
    Residual Sugar: 0.8%
    Harvest: September 22 - October 18, 2013
    Cases Produced: 185
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    Riesling Magdalena Vineyard 2013

    93 points (2012 Vintage) 92 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine & Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
    93 points (2009 Vintage) 93 points (2011 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    91 Points (2010 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator

    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: September 24 - October 22, 2013
    Cases Produced: 300
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    Late Harvest Riesling 2013

    93 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine
    90 points (2010 Vintage)
    Wine Spectator
    94 points (2009 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    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: 24.5%
    Residual Sugar: 5.3%
    Harvest: October 8 - 29, 2013
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    Riesling Josef Vineyard 2012

    93 points (2012 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    The oldest Rieslings in our Josef Vineyard date back to the 1970s making them some of our oldest plantings. These robust vines, assisted by a warming lake effect and beneficial topography, produce consistently ripening grapes 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 light viscosity and a clean finish, Josef Late Harvest Rieslings pair 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: 11%
    Sugar Level at Harvest: 24.6%
    Residual Sugar: 4.3%
    Harvest: October 15 - 25, 2012
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    Noble Select Riesling Josef Vineyard 2009 – TBA

    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 traditional German classification “Trockenbeerenauslese” is used to denote a particular style of dessert wine made exclusively from dried berries picked individually. The meticulous selection of these individual berries ensures the highest purity, while the appropriate balance of alcohol and sweetness forms a graceful wine that is luscious and satisfying. A beautiful nose with honeyed citrus and lychee yields to mouth-coating flavors of clover honey and apricot.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Harvest Date: November 10 - 15, 2009
    Alcohol by Volume: 7.3%
    Sugar Level at harvest: 50.4%
    Residual Sugar: 34.5%
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    Noble Select Riesling Magdalena Vineyard 2012 – BA

    The meticulous selection of these individual berries ensures the highest purity, while the appropriate balance of alcohol and sweetness forms a graceful wine that is luscious and satisfying. A beautiful nose with honeyed citrus and lychee yields to mouth-coating flavors of clover honey and apricot.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Harvest Date: November 10 - 15, 2012
    Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
    Sugar Level at Harvest: 41.4%
    Residual Sugar: 29.4%
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