This is the first wine I have tried from the Finger Lakes region in New York State. They are a network of long, finger-like lakes just south of Lake Ontario, and presumably with a fairly similar climate to the Niagara region just a little to the east over the border in Canada.
It’s a Riesling made by Erik Bilka, who created the label Influence Wines in 2009 as a negociant operation. The grapes for this bottling come from Ovid Farms and the vines were planted in 2002 on silty loam soils in Seneca County. No sugar or acid were added, and this was fermented in stainless steel, and has a pH of 3.02 with TA of 7.1 g/l and 23 g/l residual sugar.
Influence Wines Riesling 2012 Finger Lakes, New York State, USA
11.5% alcohol. Very bright with apple, pear and spice notes. It has richness and some sweetness, but it isn’t overly sweet. So pure and detailed, this is a lovely wine. 92/100
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