Monday, April 28, 2008

Finger Lakes News Pours

The following Finger Lakes wines won Gold last weekend at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition:

Belhurst Winery 2006 Dry Riesling ,$18.95
Belhurst Winery, 2006 Cayuga, $14.95
Chateau Frank, NV Celebre,$19.99
Chateau Lafayette Reneau, 2006 Riesling, $14.99
Dr. Konstantin Frank, 2006 Rkatseteli, $19.99
Glenora Wine Cellars, 2001 Blanc de BlancBrut, $24.99
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Riesling, Dry 2007 Homestead Reserve, $17.99
Hunt Country Vineyards, 2007 Riesling, $13.99
Hunt Country Vineyards, 2007 Late Harvest Vignoles, $19.99
Prejean Winery, 2006 Cabernet Franc, $15.99
Wagner Vineyards, 2006 Riesling, $12.99
See the complete results here.

In the current edition of Wine Spectator magazine, they list ratings for 44 Finger Lakes wines:
(a lot of these were previously listed on Wine Spectator's website, but some are new)

89 rating, Anthony Road, 2006 Semi-dry Riesling
89, Standing Stone 2006 Vidal Ice Wine
88, Anthony Road, 2006 Dry Riesling
88, Atwater 2006 Riesling
88, Atwater Dry Riesling
88, Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2006 Johannesberg Riesling
88, Fox Run 2006 Reserve Riesling
88, Red Newt 2006 Reserve Riesling
87, Damiani 2006 Riesling
87, Heron Hill 2005 Reserve Riesling
87, Hosmer 2006 Riesling
87, Red Newt 2006 Dry Riesling
87, Rooster Hill 2006 Semi-dry Riesling
87, Sheldrake Point 2006 Reserve Riesling
87, White Springs 2006 Red Label Riesling
86, Sheldrake Point 2007 Riesling Ice Wine
86, Belhurst 2006 Dry Riesling
86, Buttonwood Grove 2006 Dry Riesling
86, Hosmer 2006 Reserve Riesling
86, Rooster Hill 2006 Dry Riesling
86, Swedish Hill 2006 Riesling
85, Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2006 Dry Riesling
85, Deer Run 2006 Semi-dry Riesling
85, Hosmer 2006 Dry Riesling
85, King Ferry/Treleaven 2006 Dry Riesling
85, King Ferry/Treleaven 2006 Semi-dry Riesling
85, Ravines 2006 Dry Riesling
85, Silver Thread 2006 Dry Riesling
84, Standing Stone 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84, Standing Stone 2005 Reserve Chardonnay
84, Casa Larga Reserve Riesling NV
84, Fox Run 2006 Riesling
84, Fox Run 2006 Dry Riesling
84, Heron Hill 2005 Old Vines Riesling
84, Prejean 2006 Dry Riesling
84, Sheldrake Point 2006 Dry Riesling
84, Swedish Hill 2006 Dry Riesling
83, King Ferry 2006 Late Harvest Riesling
83, Standing Stone 2005 Pinnacle
83, Catherine Valley 2006 Riesling
83, Sheldrake Point 2006 Riesling
82, Hickory Hollow 2006 Semi-dry Riesling
81, Casa Larga 2006 Riesling
81, Prejean 2006 Riesling

6 comments: said...

Your tightly-packed vertical list here serves to show in my mind the point I made in the article you linked to the other day. How can so many wines smash up amongst each other right under that "magical" 90? I think a few deserve break-out status, but were held back by a publication that is still hesitant about the Finger Lakes in general.

Oh, well, it's all great press no matter what. Hopefully, over time, assessments will be less clear of bias. The Finger Lakes is really on the verge of getting more and more consistent and positive attention.

Finger Lakes Weekend Wino said...

Lenn, It looks like you had a great time in F.L. I can't wait to read your reports. I have to agree that the ratings are frustrating, but there are some great wines listed. I guess all good things just take time.

Jason Feulner said...

Weekend Wino,

It's me, Jason Feulner, who made that comment. I forgot to fill in my name!

Lenn said...

Imagine my surprise when I came to your blog tonight and saw that someone commented as me!

I'd actually disagree with the Lenn's not "great press." It's ridiculous and ratings in the high-80s are barely worth promoting if I'm a FL winery. Sadly, most consumers want that "9" on the front before they are going to buy a wine they've never had before.

I'd also like to mention that I think an 85 for Ravines' 06 is just silly. I think it was one of my top two or three rieslings of our trip!

Finger Lakes Weekend Wino said...

Sorry guys. I didn't catch Jason's correction right away.

Jason Feulner said...

Lenn, you rogue! Wino didn't know it was me who was writing as a contributor from LENNDEVOURS.

You know I'm trying to remain positive, but we are in complete agreement about the disservice of the scores.

Yes, the Ravines riesling is awesome!