That’s the record of the wine for this episode of “Wine I Couldn’t Resist.” Three straight years of excellent reviews, one vintage (2014) that I even wrote about 3 years ago, hence the title. On top of that, I happened upon the wine at a local wine shop the day they were putting the wine “ON SALE!” At a regular price of $15.99, it was marked down to $9.99! Almost 40% off! (That’s for you math wizards out there).
I only made one mistake (well, this time anyway), I only bought one bottle. Hey, I hadn’t had this vintage and I had some reservations. No more! It was as good as the 2014 I had a few years ago. The wine?
Forge Cellars Seneca Lake Dry Riesling Classique 2017
As I wrote about the 2014 vintage, this was one of my first wines from the Finger Lakes region in New York. Back then I was a little leery about the region. Too many reviewers talking way too much about the region, sounded a little like they were trying to “sell” the region. The good news, no, the great news was that as one of the first wines I had tried, I fell in love. With 3 years of 91 Point reviews from various reviewers, it was a no-brainer in my book.
As a reminder, this is a wine that has as one of its partners, and as its winemaker, Louis Barruol of Chateau de. St. Cosme. If you love French Rhone wines, the name should be recognizable. I’ve been a fan of their wines for years as well.
This is a wonderful wine. Dry (13% alcohol) that is whole cluster pressed and fermented and aged in 57% oak barriques, the balance stainless steel for around eight months, from a vineyard comprised partly of shale rock (think Mosel, Germany). A slight saline nose and citrus that melds into flavors of stone fruit and citrus finishing with crisp fresh acidity. A bargain at $16, a steal at under $10! If they haven’t sold out of it, I’m going back tomorrow and pick up some more. I’d go today, but I haven’t gotten out of my sweats and cleaned up. Why in the world would I tell the universe that???
I just so happened to go shopping the day before and picked up a nice little piece of Tuna that I nestled on a bed of Udon Noodles, a side of Broccoli, and an Asian Sauce mixture of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, mirin, ginger and garlic. Unlike my pairing the other day, this was the perfect combination.
If you see this wine around, no matter the vintage, try it out, I think you’ll be pleased.