Bright aromas of white flowers, pear, and citrus mingle in this zesty dry Riesling. There’s good weight to the medium-bodied palate, with persistent juicy orchard fruit flavors propped up by driven acidity. A gentle stoniness creeps in to ground it all, ending with a slightly pithy mouthwatering finish.
2020 : 12.4% alcohol. RS: 7.1 g/L. TA: 7.3
2021: 12% alcohol. RS: 5.9 g/L. TA: 8.4
Vintage notes 2021 :
The mild winter laid a good foundation for a bountiful crop of grapes in 2021. Growing Degree Days were somewhat warmer than average, especially the ripening months from August through October. As for monthly rainfall received in the Finger Lakes, April, May and June were dryer than average, but July and August were wetter than average, and most especially October. As August and early September played out, many producers acted to reduce the crop in order to more fully ripen a smaller number of clusters per vine. September was dry, though veraison delayed by ten days or so. October was very challenging with high humidity. On average, the nights were warmer than usual, which has the eect of reducing acidity in some varieties.
About the Producer
Hans Peter (Peter) Weis is the seventh generation in his family to make wine; however, he’s the first generation to make wine outside of the Mosel. Born and raised in Zell, Germany, Peter first came to the US for a winemaking job in Sonoma. A friend who was working at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s winery encouraged Peter to stop in the Finger Lakes on his way home...he never left. “The climate was nice and cold,” he says. For the next 10 years, Peter managed Dr. Frank’s German varietals from vineyard to glass, which helped him forge connections with terrific growers all over the Finger Lakes.
In 2016, Peter and his wife Ashlee, a Hammondsport native and fellow winemaker, received the opportunity to buy a property on the East side of Keuka Lake from retiring winemakers. They took a leap of faith and produced their first vintage that year. The tasting room was opened in May 2017 and in the Spring of 2020, they started their first estate vineyard, Day Road. Located by Keuka Lake just minutes from the winery, it is planted with Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Saperavi, a teinturier-type grape variety native to the country of Georgia.
The Weis wines can be summed up in one word: precision. Every one of Peter’s wines has a pure and elegant focus, the result of a detailed, Germanic-style dialogue between a winemaker and excellent vineyard sites. In a very short period of time, Weis Vineyards has emerged as one of the most exciting wineries in the Finger Lakes.
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"German Lessons in the Finger Lakes", Naomi Thorner - October 2023