Hermann J. Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
A concentrated and spicy dry riesling that has tons of pink-grapefruit, apricot and mirabelle aromas. Impressive textural complexity, yet this still retains wonderful freshness and delicacy. Extremely long, delicious finish. A cuvée of 60% Josef vineyard, 20% Magdalena vineyard and 20% HJW vineyards. Drink or hold.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2022
This blend of estate vineyards is consistently a favorite year over year. The 2020 delivers intense aromas of fennel pollen, lemon oil, yellow apple, tangerine and sliced ginger, making it utterly compelling. Ample apple and stone fruit flavors blend with earthy, spicy elements on the dry palate, with well placed acidity and a pithy texture lending support. (Alexander Peartree)
WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 06/22
Winegrower Fred Merwarth finds that his Josef Vineyard ripens at just the right level for a dry style, so he focuses this Reserve on that site. The wine is more lemony and citrus-based than the 2020 Dry Riesling (also recommended here). It has a mildly herbal attack giving way to a midweight mouthfeel that’s comfortable and slightly tense, especially in the finish. For herb-roasted halibut.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 21st Apr 2022
The 2020 Dry Riesling Reserve comes in with eight grams of residual sugar and 12.7% alcohol and is perceptibly dry. It is a blend of 60% grapes from the Josef Vineyard, 22% from Magdalena and 18% from HJW, meaning that it has every chance to be a great wine, just like the pricier single-vineyard offerings. It is consistently one of the best intersections in the lineup for quality and price. This year it is about as good as anything in the lineup, just like last year. Deep and lingering on the finish, it has controlled power, the acidity soaked up by the concentration and countered by the modest sugar. It’s delicious but serious, sturdy but lively. It will be interesting to see how this compares with its predecessor, the 2019, as they both age. I suspect the 2019 will win as time goes on, but this is a very respectable competitor today and a pretty terrific wine with some potential upside in the cellar. (Mark Squires)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
Ripe and pure, with white peach, pear and quince notes that are nicely streamlined through the anise-tinged finish. Drink now. 1,800 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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JS95 95 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Tuesday, August 9, 2022)

A concentrated and spicy dry riesling that has tons of pink-grapefruit, apricot and mirabelle aromas. Impressive textural complexity, yet this still retains wonderful freshness and delicacy. Extremely long, delicious finish. A cuvée of 60% Josef vineyard, 20% Magdalena vineyard and 20% HJW vineyards. Drink or hold.

WE93 93 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (10/1/2022)

This blend of estate vineyards is consistently a favorite year over year. The 2020 delivers intense aromas of fennel pollen, lemon oil, yellow apple, tangerine and sliced ginger, making it utterly compelling. Ample apple and stone fruit flavors blend with earthy, spicy elements on the dry palate, with well placed acidity and a pithy texture lending support. (Alexander Peartree)

WS93 93 pts. / Wine & Spirits (06/22)

Winegrower Fred Merwarth finds that his Josef Vineyard ripens at just the right level for a dry style, so he focuses this Reserve on that site. The wine is more lemony and citrus-based than the 2020 Dry Riesling (also recommended here). It has a mildly herbal attack giving way to a midweight mouthfeel that’s comfortable and slightly tense, especially in the finish. For herb-roasted halibut.

RP92+ 92+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (21st Apr 2022)

The 2020 Dry Riesling Reserve comes in with eight grams of residual sugar and 12.7% alcohol and is perceptibly dry. It is a blend of 60% grapes from the Josef Vineyard, 22% from Magdalena and 18% from HJW, meaning that it has every chance to be a great wine, just like the pricier single-vineyard offerings. It is consistently one of the best intersections in the lineup for quality and price. This year it is about as good as anything in the lineup, just like last year. Deep and lingering on the finish, it has controlled power, the acidity soaked up by the concentration and countered by the modest sugar. It’s delicious but serious, sturdy but lively. It will be interesting to see how this compares with its predecessor, the 2019, as they both age. I suspect the 2019 will win as time goes on, but this is a very respectable competitor today and a pretty terrific wine with some potential upside in the cellar. (Mark Squires)

SP89 89 pts. / Wine Spectator (Sep 30, 2022)

Ripe and pure, with white peach, pear and quince notes that are nicely streamlined through the anise-tinged finish. Drink now. 1,800 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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SKU 31082
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Hermann J. Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling
Country United States
Region New York
District Finger Lakes
Product Location - Location-Appellation Seneca Lake
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 12.8%
Brand Hermann J. Wiemer
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 95.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color White
Grape(s) Riesling
Primary Grape Riesling
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP8686 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 3rd Jun 2021
The 2020 Newt Riesling is another of the winery’s new offerings this year, all sourced from Lahoma vineyard. It comes in with 53 grams of residual sugar, 7.7 of total acidity and 9.1% alcohol. This was in bottle a bit less than six weeks when tasted. It’s not a full-on dessert wine, but it won’t exactly be a normal table wine either. Particularly given the winery’s mostly drier style, this new brand seems well into sugar. That might be the key difference between this and the winery’s other entry-level Riesling, the familiar and semi-dry Circle Riesling that winemaker Kelby Russell calls more “everyday” in style. Like the Circle Riesling of late, this has a smoky nose — a somewhat disturbing trend — but the fruit and sugar here are pretty delicious. It has enough acidity to avoid being cloying, and did I mention that it tastes great? It retains its balance all the while. If you like them on the sweeter side, it is a success at a nice price. Hopefully, the smoky aromatics will improve a bit. It wasn’t the most severe episode of that I’ve seen. Give it some air on opening it. There were 1,520 cases produced.
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WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2023
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 3, 2023
Very sleek, but graceful, with lovely delicacy. Lemon and lime-zest freshness, as well as nice apricot fruit and delicate floral notes. Long, filigree finish with moderate acidity in the 2021 context. Drink or hold. (Stuart Pigott)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 20th Apr 2023
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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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
The ripe mirabelle, plum and melon aromas pour from the glass, but they remain delicate rather than lush. Quite powerful and succulent, but the crisp acidity structure keeps it on track on the very clean and subtly mineral finish, where the apricot note expands as it rolls off into the distance. Drink or hold. (James Suckling)
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022
A stunner year over year, this single-vineyard Riesling delves into earthy aromas of fennel pollen and sunbaked field flowers, with a solid core of yellow apple, and white peach. It’s rounded and full in feel, filling out by broad pome- and stone-fruit flavors underscored by white tea and blossoms. A gentle honeycomb-wax note lends delightful grip to the dry finish. (Alexander Peartree)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
Juicy and engaging, with peach, pear and mirabelle plum notes bouncing playfully off each other, while honeysuckle and anise hints peek in. Long, zingy finish. Drink now through 2030. 800 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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The 2020 Magdalena is in its infancy, showing a cool aromatic profile of spiced apple, lemon and a hint of orange peel. It’s expansive on the palate, with plenty of body but also plenty of acidity and phenolic structure to frame the weighty entry.
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The 2020 Riesling Magdalena Vineyard comes in with seven grams of residual sugar and 12.4% alcohol. A little lighter and brighter, this doesn’t have the concentrated mouthfeel of, say, the Riesling Reserve in this report, but it is more transparent, more expressive and just seems sunnier. I could make an argument that this is the best of the group, at least today. That conclusion does require that you appreciate elegance more than concentration, but this shows beautifully. The upper-level submissions in this report all perform well, are pretty close qualitatively and may flip places as they age, but for the moment, this has some pretty good bragging points. Then, I retasted the Riesling Reserve and the HJW and started arguing with myself again. Perhaps in the end it is more a question of being different than better, with this being the most different of the three. So it goes with young Riesling. Let’s come back in five years and see what they look like with a little age. For the moment, they are all pretty fine and reasonable minds might differ. (Mark Squires)
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