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Red Newt Riesling Semi-Dry 2013 750ml
SKU 783430
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Red Newt Semi-Dry Riesling 2013

Seneca Lake - Finger Lakes - New York - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Red Newt Semi-Dry Riesling 2013

Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling comes in at 21 grams per liter of residual sugar and 11% alcohol. Says winemaker Kelby Russell: "Red Newt's 'core' Semi Dry Riesling [is] a house style that trends more dry than most others in the region." Indeed, this has a burst of sugar here and there, but it is subdued and seems to be classic Mosel off-dry style, with attention to fine balancing acidity that makes it easily useable as a table wine. Call it a nice Kabinett. If anything, it is even better than the 2013 Dry Riesling, reviewed this issue, and ultimately might satisfy a lot of people looking (mostly) for dry. Beautifully done, it is fresh, lively and very tasty. It will be interesting to see how it ages, but it will hold well for several years if you must. In the meanwhile, note that it is another terrific value from Red Newt. There were 440 cases produced.
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Winery Red Newt

Varietal: Riesling

Riesling grapes are very rarely blended with others in the development of wines, and for good reason. These pale grapes which originated in the cool Rhine Valley of Germany are notable for their 'transparency' of flavor, which allows the characteristics of their terroir to shine through in wonderful ways. The result of this is a wine which carries a wide range of interesting flavors quite unlike those found in other white wines, finished off with the distinctively floral perfume Riesling supplies so well. Many wineries in Germany and elsewhere tend to harvest their Riesling grapes very late – often as late as January – in order to make the most of their natural sweetness. Other methods, such as encouraging the noble rot fungus, help the Riesling grape varietal present some truly unique and exciting flavors in the glass, and the variety of wines this varietal can produce mean it is one of the finest and most interesting available anywhere.

Region: New York

New York state has a relatively long history of wine-making and vineyard cultivation, with vineyards in the region dating back to the Dutch settlements of the 17th century. As such, the region has slowly discovered the unique qualities of their terroir, and has developed a distinctive set of grape varietals which have gone on to represent the state and make their wines both unique and highly regarded. New York state has four key wine producing areas – Lake Erie AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, Hudson River and Long Island, each making the most of their relatively cool climate and characterful terroirs. The strong blend of both traditional and contemporary wine making methods found in this region has led to New York state being responsible for many of the finest and most interesting wines to come out of the United States.

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.