An Invigorating White from a Region Worth Exploring

Anthony Road Riesling Finger Lakes Martini Reinhardt Selection 2005
James Molesworth
Posted: June 29, 2009

For my last night of my recent visit to New York's Finger Lakes, I stopped in at Red Newt Bistro for dinner, where chef and owner Deb Whiting produces some of the freshest, wine-friendly food in the region.

The wine list is also excellent, with more than 150 Finger Lakes wines covering all the top quality-oriented producers. There's some vintage depth too, and prices are modest, giving diners a chance to really explore the region's vinous offerings.

On this night, I opted for a bottle of the Anthony Road Riesling Finger Lakes Martini Reinhardt Selection 2005. This is the top bottling from winemaker Johannes Reinhardt, who selects his best lots of fruit along with owner John Martini for what is, in essence, the winery's reserve bottling.

The wine has held together very nicely since its release two years ago, still offering some bright, snappy apple and slate flavors, along with additional hints of honeysuckle and blanched almond. It came off as fairly dry in mouthfeel, with a nice invigorating finish. 88 points, non-blind.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Anthony Road Riesling Finger Lakes Martini Reinhardt Selection 2005 (87, $24)

• Plus, read James Molesworth's recent Finger Lakes trip blogs and get his latest Tasting Highlights on Finger Lakes Rieslings.

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