Most fans of Finger Lakes wines and Mosel-style Rieslings have heard of Hermann J. Wiemer, and the fame, awards and accolades are well-deserved.
The winery’s history is rich with Hermann J. Wiemer’s mother coming from a family of Mosel winemakers dating back 300 years and a father who was a skilled nurseryman. Hermann J. Wiemer is regarded as one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes.
During a recent visit to the winery, I encountered an attitude I had not experienced at any other Finger Lakes wineries that was reminiscent of some French vineyards. The attitude was pure – ‘you’re privileged to be tasting our wines in this space today’. Do I think the attitude is warranted? Mostly, yes for the following three reasons:
First, the ‘barn’ housing the winery is fabulous. The winery was designed in 1982 by an award-winning team of Cornell architects. Enclosed within the shell of the 70-year-old scissor-trussed barn is the wine shop, the tasting room and the production facilities.
Second, our tasting was conducted by Michael, a catering company owner from Manhattan who makes weekend trips to Hermann J. Wiemer to share his passion and wine expertise with winery guests. Loved him.
Third, most of the wines are simply great. Our tasting included the following wines:
- 2008 Dry Riesling: What Wiemer’s known for – crisp, light lime floral bouquet with a minerals-laden long finish. Around $17.50.
- 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling: Rich, peachy bouquet and an almost orangey flavor. Unctuous finish that lingers. Think – spicy Thai food. Around $17.
- 2009 Gewürztraminer: Ripe pear with nice spicy finish. Around $22.
- 2008 Frost Cuvee: A blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Cuvee of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, this is an easy-going wine that’d be perfect sipped on a warm summer day at an outdoor party. Not complicated, with peach aroma and a dry finish. Around $12.
- 2009 Late Harvest Riesling: This Spätlese-style wine is full bodied, rich with a 5.9% residual sugar. Mouthful of honey and ripe green apple. Around $23.
- 2007 Cabernet Franc: This wine sees new and old French oak barrels and is bursting with bright fruit and offers soft tannins. Around $25.
Hermann J. Wiemer wines are relatively easy to find at local wine stores, at least compared to some other Finger Lakes wine brands. You can also purchase wines online at http://wiemer.com/shop/ and at the winery’s story located at:
3962 Route 14
Dundee, NY 14837
Click HERE for driving directions
Telephone: 607 243 7971
Make a point to visit this winery when touring the Finger Lakes wine region.