The warm, dry 2016 vintage raises the bar for the Finger Lakes

…As usual, Riesling dominates the best offerings as well as the overall number of wines reviewed, representing more than half the wines in this report and nearly all of those at 90-plus. Other leading releases can be found from..[several producers named]…and Silver Thread.

“2014 was a much cooler and less sunny year, so the wines have marked acidity,” says Silver Thread co-owner and winemaker Shannon Brock, comparing 2016 to previous years. “2015 was average, with late-season warmth leading to lower-than-normal acidity. The 2016s are more of a happy medium. The aromatic whites from 2016 have a lovely freshness paired with good flavor intensity.” The Silver Thread Riesling Seneca Lake STV Estate Vineyard 2016 (90, $26) is another textbook example from the Finger Lakes.

Furthermore, there is good value to be found among… other whites, [including] Silver Thread Gew├╝rztraminer Finger Lakes STV Estate Vineyard 2016 (86, $18).

James MolesworthWine Spectator

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