Ravines has quickly become one of a growing number of New York state wineries whose best wines transcend their own quiet regions and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best from around the world. This single-vineyard Riesling is a testament to farmer Sam Argetsinger who acts as caretaker to these Seneca Lake-side vines, some of which are over 40 years old. With the fruit and rock aromas you'd expect to find in good Wachau- or Alsace-based Riesling, the Argetsinger coats your palate with fresh fruit flavors of white peach and green apple before the mouth-puckering finish leaves you with subtle green herb and anise notes that seem to last for well over a minute. We've stashed a few cases of this limited release in our cellar to revisit at some point in the next decade, so feel free to pounce on this wine now and enjoy alongside roast monkfish with crispy bacon spaetzle, grilled sausages with truffle-mustard, herb-seared shrimp, or sushi.
We chatted with Ravines' winemaker Morten Hallgren, after he poured at our RiesLINsanity event. Read the interview here.