The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has proclaimed September "Riesling Month" to shine the spotlight on the Finger Lakes region's star varietal. A month-long series of more than 40 events celebrating the exceptional range of Rieslings produced by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance member wineries will span New York State. For a full calendar of events, which continues to grow, and to learn more about this exciting month, visit www.RieslingMonth.com.
We are passionate and firmly believe that Riesling is the most noble variety on earth. Our passion is proven by the fact that Glenora was the first Riesling wine released on Seneca Lake in 1978. A versatile and unique grape varietal, Riesling reflects the philosophy of owner Gene Pierce that wine should taste like the grape and its moment in time and place. With the experience of 36 crushes, winemaker Steve DiFrancesco ensures distinctive and consistent quality Rieslings in a variety of styles.
We source our Riesling from a wide variety of growers throughout the Finger Lakes along Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka lakes.
The growing season in 2015 started out fairly wet, with above average rainfall through August. By September, fortunately, the weather dried out and was actually drier than average, which is good after veraison. Sugars were where they needed to be, and acids were moderate, for a crisp, clean balance in the wines.
We paid careful attention to the ripening progress, and picked the grapes at the best time that would retain bright flavors and lively crispness.
The 2015 vintage favored vibrant, ripe lemon and lime flavors, with a touch of apricot. A pleasant background of minerality is enhanced with balanced acidity and moderate sweetness.
2015 Field Notes from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Program