“U.S. riesling is especially exciting now,” said Dave McIntyre in The Washington Post. Though plenty of casual drinkers wrongly associate the name solely with sweet expressions of the grape, riesling is highly versatile, “a megaphone for terroir,” and a great food wine because of its balance of acidity and fruit. Below, three examples of its range.
2017 Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Dry Riesling ($22). This taut Finger Lakes, N.Y., riesling “never disappoints.” It “weaves a filigree of lime zest, apricot, and peach across the palate.”
2017 Bryn Mawr Vineyards Estate ($26). “Flavors of quince, green apple, jasmine, and a hint of mineral oil” give this Willamette Valley wine “a classic riesling profile.”
2017 Barnard Griffin ($12). A model Columbia Valley riesling, this terrific value combines notes of peach and mango “as well as some lime and orange zest to add tension.” ■