Riesling and Blackbird Ratings

Finger Lakes with a Flourish, December 2019

“Paul and Shannon Brock acquired Silver Thread in 2011. Almost a decade later, the wines here, especially the Rieslings, have truly hit their stride…The Rieslings here tend to ride the line between dry and off-dry, and the off-dry bottlings are often the standouts.”

92 points–2017 Riesling STV Estate Vineyard–“Very light and airy on the palate, with steely tension throughout, and a salty finish.”

92 points–2014 Dry Riesling–“…has evolved from zippy and well-made into something with fine balance and heft.  Shows off the great potential of Silver Thread’s Dry Riesling.”

92 points–2013 Riesling STV Estate Vineyard–“Light but golden-tinged in color.  Lots of candle wax and flowers on the nose.”

91 points–2017 Riesling Doyle Fournier Vineyard–“Fruity and full-bodied…opulent with ripe nectarine and apricot, and chalk and crushed shell on the finish.”

90 points–2016 Blackbird–“…lively and bright.  Earthy and spicy on the nose, with a touch of licorice.”

Jason Wilson Vinous Media