2012 Riesling Late Harvest

2012 Riesling Late Harvest

NY - Long Island
$55.00 / 375 mL Bottle
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  • Alcohol 9.00%
This Riesling is a botrytis-affected wine, made from grapes with 'Noble Rot'. It offers clean, bright aromas of peaches, apples, nectarines, flowers and honey. It has rich, honeyed texture with sweet and delicious flavors of apple, peach, apricot and grape. This wine has terrific acid balance, a persistent aftertaste and a crisp, nearly dry finish. Enjoy on it's own after a meal or try pairing it with fruit tarts and cheeses. Only 439 cases were made.

Alcohol: 9.0%
Residual Sugar: 16%
Brix at Harvest: 33.5

The 2012 Riesling Late Harvest comes in at 154 grams per liter of residual sugar and 9% alcohol. Now that you are in the land of late-harvest Riesling, this is where you'll start saying "Apricots, Peaches and Pineapple, oh my!" As rich as it sometimes seems, what actually makes this interesting rather than scary is the zest and acidity. It is most certainly sweet, but it doesn't seem anywhere near as sweet as statistics might suggest. It adds a bit of bite and tension as it airs on the lingering and completely delicious finish. That drier and fresher character was underscored emphatically the next day, when the sugar was just a bit more subdued, the flavors intense and the demeanor bright and sunny. This should satisfy lots of desires over the next few years (or, noting that these tend to age well, the next couple of decades or so.) We'll be conservative at the moment. Note: The price references a 375ml bottle, from which this was tasted. - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 points - June 30, 2015

Maker Name

Kareem Massoud

Vineyard Name

Paumanok Vineyard

Brand for Paumanok Vineyards
Founded in the spring of 1983, our 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud, and our three sons. Born and raised in the "Old World", wine has always been a part of our lives and we continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards.

Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1100 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines. For our wines, only estate grown grapes are used and production is limited to fewer than 9000 cases.
Paumanok Vineyards
1074 Main Road
P.o.box 741
Aquebogue, NY 11931-0741

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