Top 10 Wines 2010 (#9) Ravines Dry Riesling 2008
As part of our Top 10 Wines 2010, we present #9…
Ravines Dry Riesling 2008
Being fortunate enough to live in New York City, we are able to easily access one of the biggest secrets of the wine world: New York State wines. And while we are always indulging in the great cabernet francs coming out of Long Island, it was a Finger Lakes riesling that really blew us away this year.
First off, we have to be up front about one thing – we love riesling. And more specifically, since out trip to Colmar, we love dry rieslings from Alsace. The Ravines dry riesling is, for all intents and purposes, a benchmark dry riesling comparable to some of the best in Alsace. There are layers of tangy citrus fruit (lemon, lime, Florida grapefruit) that unfold themselves in a straightforward but pronounced way, mingled with the telltale mineral notes and a whiff of petrol. All of these flavors and aromas are perfectly in balance. And for a wine that feels light on the palate, it lingers for a really, really long time.
This wine can be found for less than $20 at a number of shops in Brooklyn (including Brooklyn Wine Exchange).