Heron Hill Dry Riesling 2021 / 750 ml.

Item#: 74460

RP8787 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th May 2022
The 2021 Dry Riesling, colloquially known as the “classic” dry Riesling, comes in with only half a gram of residual sugar and 8.34 of total acidity, plus 10.58% alcohol. That’s a pretty crisp wine on paper and in fact. Winemaker Jordan Harris said that beginning with the 2020 vintage, “a lot of our wines have started a little shift stylistically… So, the dry is aimed at being truly dry. Will there be years where the acid level means stopping with a couple grams, maybe, but that hasn’t been the case for a couple years.” In bottle about six weeks when seen, this didn’t seem to show any bottle shock, but it sure was unevolved. That’s not going to be a problem that is fixed in a few more weeks. Rather, I’d say this could use a year or two in the bottle. There are plenty of sharp edges here and there is very little relief from them, as neither the sugar nor the fruit balances the acidity at this juncture. That was true even after I let it air out and warm up a bit. That said, I still rather liked this, and it may well develop favorably. If you open it now (and probably well into the future), it is the type of wine that requires a food pairing. It won’t do well on its own. In terms of aging and evaluation, let’s be a little conservative just now. It has some questions to answer. Put it away until next year, at least. (Mark Squires)

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Primary Grape: Riesling | All Grapes: Riesling

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RP87 87 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (12th May 2022)

The 2021 Dry Riesling, colloquially known as the “classic” dry Riesling, comes in with only half a gram of residual sugar and 8.34 of total acidity, plus 10.58% alcohol. That’s a pretty crisp wine on paper and in fact. Winemaker Jordan Harris said that beginning with the 2020 vintage, “a lot of our wines have started a little shift stylistically… So, the dry is aimed at being truly dry. Will there be years where the acid level means stopping with a couple grams, maybe, but that hasn’t been the case for a couple years.” In bottle about six weeks when seen, this didn’t seem to show any bottle shock, but it sure was unevolved. That’s not going to be a problem that is fixed in a few more weeks. Rather, I’d say this could use a year or two in the bottle. There are plenty of sharp edges here and there is very little relief from them, as neither the sugar nor the fruit balances the acidity at this juncture. That was true even after I let it air out and warm up a bit. That said, I still rather liked this, and it may well develop favorably. If you open it now (and probably well into the future), it is the type of wine that requires a food pairing. It won’t do well on its own. In terms of aging and evaluation, let’s be a little conservative just now. It has some questions to answer. Put it away until next year, at least. (Mark Squires)

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The main growing regions are centered around Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake (which each have their own AVAs) but quality wine is being made throughout the region. Riesling is the belle of the ball in the Finger Lakes (oftentimes being compared to the Rieslings of Germany) but success has been had with Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and others.

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SKU 74460
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Heron Hill Dry Riesling
Country United States
Region New York
District Finger Lakes
Product Location - Location-Appellation Finger Lakes
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 10.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Heron Hill
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2021
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year 2
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color White
Grape(s) Riesling
Primary Grape Riesling
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Sweetness Scale 2.00
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The 2020 Riesling Ingle Vineyard has 8.1 grams per liter of residual sugar, 8.5 of total acidity and 11.4% alcohol. You might note that you can step up from the “Reserve” Riesling to this for an extra $2. Should you? Well, I’d say yes, but reasonable minds might differ. It’s more a matter of style than quality. The Reserve Riesling is deeper and lusher, more approachable now. Many will appreciate that style. This has sharper edges and more power. The juicy finish and the tension serve this well, but don’t think it is just a mindlessly shrill wine. It is in fine balance, with a trace of sugar around the edges. It’s very tasty and almost hard to resist, even as a dry wine, but your mind is definitely saying “this needs time, this needs time” even as you reach for the bottle. I’m impressed. I’m even more interested to see how this might evolve with a few years in the cellar. It has the potential to be even more than it is today. It should age very well. (Mark Squires)
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The 2021 Riesling HJW Vineyard comes in with six grams of residual sugar and 12.4% alcohol. A small (12%) part of the juice was aged for seven months in new, large-format Austrian foudres (2,000 liters). This was sourced from HJW vines planted in 1977 and 1978. It is the only one of the single vineyards bottled in this rainy vintage where the others were declassified. I expected that this would show well since it was the only one here of the typical single-vineyard wines from older vines. It will not be a monument to greatness in the winery’s long history, but it is very good and hardly a slacker. Moderately expressive and mostly open, even in its youth, it has a fresh feel and a friendly finish. It’s not particularly intense, but it lingers nicely and tastes great in a relatively dry-but-not-lean presentation. With aeration, the structure comes out to play and proves that this does also have some support for the fruit. It will age relatively well. (Mark Squires)
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