2020 Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, USA (750ml)
This versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the beginning of the season, this delicate, fruit-forward wine reveals the classic flavors of the variety. The Riesling grape is known for expressing well in any range, from dry to sweet.
This 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 a myriad of full-flavored foods.
The 2020 Riesling Semi-Dry comes in with 22 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10.5% alcohol. This certainly shows off its sugar in its youth, but it is classically aromatic, fresh and simply delicious. Considering how many round and accessible 2020s I've seen of late, I worried a little as I got to the off-dry categories, fearing that they might be a bit flabby, but if anything, I like this better than the winery's Dry Riesling in this report. It is certainly a nice value in a crowd-pleasing style. We'll see how it ages, but there doesn't appear to be any reason to wait. Best After 2022
- Robert Parker, 90 pts.
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