Ratings for Rieslings and Blackbird

Wines of the Finger Lakes, Jan. 2019

*Silver Thread Riesling STV Estate Vineyard 2013–92 pts. The 2013 vintage reveals how this single vineyard Riesling evolves with more time in bottle.  The nose on this wine is especially rich and vibrant, showing dried apricot, firne and minerals.  The palate reveals an expressive and complex melange of dried and fresh fruit with tangy lemon-orange acidity.  Superb length.

*Silver Thread Riesling STV Estate Vineyard 2017–91 pts. Redolent of minerals, flowers and dusty herbs, this single vineyard Riesling displays good palate depth and tangy citrus acidity.  Somewhat reserved in its youth with notes of orchard fruit and orange flavors, it’s the weighty minerals that carry the day.

*Silver Thread Blackbird STV Estate Vineyard 2015–91 pts. Dark red.  Toasty oak and pure dark red fruited nose.  Soft on the attack with good depth of flavor, a hint of salinity and a lovely silky texture.  Finishes with round tannins.

Silver Thread Dry Riesling 2016–90 pts. Beautifully aromatic wine showing yellow stone fruit with hints of lime and minerals.  Ripe and full in the mouth with well integrated acidity, finishing long and flavorful.

*On the list of Top Rated Wines from the 30-page report on Finger Lakes wines.

Don Winkler and Mike Potashnik International Wine Review