Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2019
Riesling | US
With 92 and double 91 point scores, the critics have made it clear what they think about this wine. Seriously, those are some tremendous scores rarely bestowed on Finger Lake wines. We can’t disagree, as this wine is fun, tasty and far more complex and age worthy than any $12 wine ought to be (that’s a particular skill of ours!). This semi-dry style perfectly balances the unctuousness supplied by the wine’s 17 grams per liter of residual sugar, with the utter verve and freshness granted by the wine’s piercing acidity (clocking in at 9.2 total acidity). Once poured, the wine immediately bursts forth with seductive aromas of perfectly-ripened peaches, with torn Genovese basil and fragrant lime zest. The mouth tingles and reverberates with green apples, more peaches and clover honey. The sweetness is deftly harnessed, yet not quite concealed, by chains of uplifting acidity that spiral you into a focused and concentrated finish. Long before the flavors leave your tongue, you’ll be itching for another sip. Enjoy this with Thai food or spicy curries, and you’ll be a fan for life! Definitely drink me now, but certainly drink me later – this wine, at this price, you just can’t lose...!
92 James Suckling - Read
What a combination of white-peach and fresh-basil aromas! So clean and precise on the medium-bodied palate, so that you barely register the hint of natural grape sweetness. Then comes the super-herbal finish. So uplifting at the cool, clean finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
91+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Read
The 2019 Riesling Semi-Dry comes in at 17 grams per liter of residual sugar, 9.2 of total acidity and 12% alcohol. The winery says that their semi-dry style tends to lean a little drier than most such wines in the Finger Lakes. That's because of the big hit of acidity here, and it makes this wine tingle. It makes it exciting, not just tasty. It makes it elegant. It makes the wine dance lightly over the palate. The acidity takes every particle of sugar and lifts it up. Then, with the fruit, it all slams down onto the palate. The mid-palate is just average, but the rest is elegant and beautifully focused. This fresh Riesling is pretty terrific. It should age very well. Needless to say, it is one of the steals of this report. Let's be a little conservative just now and see if it can develop too.
91 Wine Enthusiast - Read
Perfumed aromas of lime, peach and apple meld with a stony core on the nose. The palate shows pollen-dusted orchard fruit drizzled in a light string of honey, balanced by ample bright acidity. There's very good concentration and lift to it all, with a lingering white blossom note on the finish.
- RegionNew York
- AppellationFinger Lakes
- Residual Sugar17 g/L