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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 80 Drink: Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling

Hermman J. Wiemer Vineyard is located on the west side of Seneca Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region. Wiemer was born in Germany where his family had a 300-year tradition of wine making. His father played a key role in restoring vineyards along the Mosel after World War II.

Wiemer came to the U.S. and his first vintage in 1979 won awards. He was recognized as a pioneer among east coast vintners and helped spread the use of vinifera grapes. Wiemer is still involved with the operations of the winery, but wine maker Fred Merwath has taken over the wine making process.

Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling is a lively wine with plenty of floral aroma notes and hints of citrus. The wine shows just subtle hints of minerality with opening citrus flavor notes. There is 2.4 percent residual sugar present that shows itself in a fruity finish.

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