Finger Lakes Passes Another Test in 2015, 2/28/17
Silver Thread…produced excellent Rieslings in 2015.
Quote from Shannon Brock of Silver Thread: “Our consensus on the 2015 Rieslings is that they are broad on the palate. There is a mouthfilling quality to them that runs through the dry, medium-dry and medium-sweet styles. We think this is due to the warm September weather that lowered acids and built ripe flavors.”
It’s clear that Finger Lakes producers can produce quality under myriad conditions. These wines merit the full attention of consumers who appreciate generally dry, freshly styled aromatic whites and more.
16 Intriguing Finger Lakes Rieslings, 10/20/16
Riesling STV Estate Vineyard 2015–90 points–Shows a lovely mix of jasmine, yellow apple and melon rind flavors, carried by taut acidity through the slate-tinged finish. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2020.
Riesling Gridley Bluff Point Vineyard 2015–89 points–Enticing, with pure pippin apple, Key lime and verbena notes, offset by a dry edge that gives this a porcelainlike feel through the finish. Drink now through 2019.
Riesling Doyle Fournier Vineyard 2015–89 points–Crunchy acidity gives this a lively feel, while lime zest, kiwifruit and green apple notes spring through. Stays high-pitched through the fresh finish. Drink now through 2019.
Silver Thread Vineyards, Where Every Vintage is Different, 7/29/16
The Brocks now have a few vintages under their belts and a vertical of the estate vineyard [Riesling] bottling shows steady progress….The not-yet-released ’15 looks to be the best version yet for the estate Riesling, with racy lime, fennel and green apple notes giving way to a tangy, wet stone–accented finish. It’s got the most range of four vintages tasted here, and it’s tightly coiled up right now, boding well for cellaring.
Finger Lakes Rising, July 2016
Silver Thread is a winery with a long track record… and crafts Rieslings that are quite good, made in a tense, mouth-watering style.
Gewurztraminer 2014-91 pts.–A beautiful, chiseled Gewurztraminer.
Riesling STV Estate Vineyard 2015–90 pts.–Expressive and open-knit.
Semi-dry Riesling 2014–90 pts.–A subtle, herb-kissed wine that offers more rocks than fruit.
Dry Riesling 2014–90 pts.–Zippy and well made.
Wine Advocate June 2016
Silver Thread is an interesting boutique winery.
Blackbird 2013-90 pts.–In its cool-climate style it does everything well.
Gewurztraminer 2014–90 pts.–Fresh and lovely with fine aromatics…this is simply lip-smacking good.
Riesling STV Estate Vineyard 2014–90 pts.–Fresh and glorious…it is always persistent and always pure. This is very fine.
Keeping Cool, 3/31/16
Other top dry Rieslings in this report include… the Silver Thread Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2014 (89, $18), which is ripe, fresh and piercing…
Quote from Shannon Brock of Silver Thread regarding the 2014 vintage: “We began harvest with Pinot Noir on Sept. 19 and finished with Riesling and Cabernet Franc the last week of October. In general, everything was harvested a week or two later than average for the region. Temperatures were below average for most of the growing season, especially in August, and rainfall was above average, especially during July. But the weather in September was very dry, sunny and warm, which helped tremendously in keeping disease pressure low while ripening the grapes. October was also relatively warm and sunny, so we had the luxury of waiting to harvest until late in the month. The sugars were relatively high and the acids are up a bit compared to the past few years, which has led to some very racy, mouthwatering wines.”
Wine Enthusiast, 3/1/16
Gewurztraminer 2014–90 points–Tropical mango and melon mingle elegantly into swathes of blossom and peach in this lush, juicy Gewürztraminer. It’s lusciously textured, a bit brawny even, boasting creamy swirls of fruit that linger long and heavy through the finish. Drink now through 2016.
Wine Enthusiast, 11/1/15
Semi-dry Riesling 2014–91 points, Editors’ Choice–“This perfumed Riesling entices with lifted white floral notes against a backdrop of cool, foresty green notes. It’s forward and juicy, boasting honeyed yellow peach and apricot flavors. Yet it’s also elegantly structured, marked by zesty citrus notes and a cool, mineral finish that lingers endlessly. Drink now–2020.
Dry Riesling 2014–89 points–“Ripe, juicy yellow peaches and cherries lend concentrated fruit flavor to this otherwise brisk, delicately framed Riesling. Dry in style, it’s accented by a zesty spray of lime and subtle spice notes that reverberate on the finish. Drink now to enjoy it’s racy, fresh feel.
New York Wine & Food Classic Competition, August 2015
A Double-Gold medal (consensus gold) was awarded to Silver Thread Good Earth White 2014 and a Gold medal to Riesling Doyle Fournier Vineyard 2014 at this all-New York wine competition, held in Watkins Glen, NY.
Finger Lakes Riesling Challenge, July 2015
Gold medals were awarded to Silver Thread Semi-dry Riesling 2013 and Riesling Doyle Fournier Vineyard 2014 at this unique, winemaker-judged competition for Finger Lakes Rieslings.