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 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
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2010 Fulkerson Riesling-Traminette

Not a wine that accurately represents the strengths of New York or the Finger Lakes. Clear, medium-low intensity straw yellow. Medium intensity aromas of orange, pungent white florals, over ripened melon, musk, and fragrance often associated with wheat beer. Dry on the palate, with extremely low acidity. Medium flavors of artificial citrus, stone fruit pit, and that same wheat beer taste. No finish. This wine may have benefited from a little residual sugar to add character, though the lack of acidity and absence varietal characteristics make it uninteresting. Not recommended. RR