There are just too many stunning Rieslings being made in the Finger Lakes to keep track of these days. Even though producers like Wiemer, Dr. Frank and Anthony Road tend to get the loudest press there are dozens of wineries making world-class versions in every style imaginable.
My past perception of Atwater is that they are a consistent producer that does everything well while not having one headlining wine or line of wines. If it weren’t for this bottle being sent as a part of several Taste NY samples, I probably would have over looked it on the shelf.
Pale gold in the glass, this Riesling jumps out of the glass with mandarin orange, peach and lime with some light petrol notes. For lack of a better description, the nose to me was very German. Fresh and lively on the palate with refreshing acidity in the package of a supple mouth feel. It finishes clean and delicious.
I was very impressed with this Atwater wine. Combining intense aromas, fresh acidity and a delicate palate this wine showed some serious structure. At this point the petrol notes are well incorporated but they may become off putting in time though. We’ll have to wait and see. In a playing field of many great Rieslings this one still shows that it can compete with the rest in the region, adding Atwater to the list of producers I mentioned at the top of this post.