With our few remaining bottles of 2012 Les Alliés Riesling laid down in our cellars and our minds and hearts focusing on our 2013 wines, reading the latest round of Finger Lakes Riesling scores by the Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth was like hearing great news about an old friend. We took a moment last night to celebrate, thank our growers and deep, cool, ancient lakes and reminded ourselves that this time-this place-and this cast of characters- has created something greater than the sum of its parts.
Here’s a portion of the review that posted to the Wine Spectator site last night.
FORGE Riesling Finger Lakes Les Alliés 2012 Score: 92 | $26
Ripe and distinctive, with a creamy edge to the Jonagold apple, heather, honeysuckle and jasmine flavors. Shows well-buried zip through the finish, adding length and definition. This is a step ahead of the pack. Drink now through 2018. 85 cases made. JM January 31, 2014
In 2012, the Finger Lakes enjoyed an ideal growing season, with warm temperatures and a little bit of drought, resulting in ripe, concentrated wines. Riesling, the region’s lead varietal, performed exceptionally well, retaining ample acidity to balance its more intense flavors. If you haven’t tried Finger Lakes Rieslings yet, the 2012 vintage is the right place to start.
Leading the way from this set of recent releases is a reserve bottling, called Les Alliés, from Forge. A product of Château St.-Cosme vigneron Louis Barruol and his New York–based partners, Forge, in just its second vintage, is setting a bar for the region. The wine is whole-cluster pressed and fermented partially with indigenous yeasts, then aged in barrel as opposed to stainless steel—all techniques uncommon for the Finger Lakes. The resulting wine offers a texture that stands apart from the pack, combining creamy and racy notes that carry a wide range of flavors.
The 2012 Les Alliés Riesling is sold out of the tasting room but a few bottles may be found through our retail partners. As always, if you are interested in purchasing, please contact us directly or get on our mailing list for information of the release of the 2013 vintage.