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Riesling Extra Brut, Hermann J. Wiemer

In 1985 Hermann J. Wiemer produced a wine called “Champagne Naturel.”  It was not Champagne, of course, and it wasn’t made from traditional Champagne grape varieties either.  No, it was dry Riesling, one of Hermann Wiemer’s early attempts to manufacture a dry Riesling the public would accept.

It took thirty years for Wiemer’s second sparkling Riesling to be produced.  The Hermann J. Wiemer “Extra Brut” Sparkling Wine * (Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes, NY, Disgorged March 2018) 2015  is quite bubbly, very dry and relatively austere, with slightly medicinal flavors of quince, lemon, and lees.  The world “Riesling” is still not on the front label.  But it is on the back — in small print.


United States
New York
Finger Lakes
Farming Practice:
Practicing Organic

Tasting Notes

Medium lemon in color and quite bubbly, the Wiemer has aromas of quince, lemon oil, tropical fruit and lees, along with a slight medicinal note. Medium bodied, dry, and a bit chalky, there is above average froth.  Balance is very good.  Austere and pure flavors of quince, tropical fruit, lemon oil and lees have good concentration.  The wine finishes dry and a bit chalky, lightly lip smacking, with good length.  September 2018

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