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Ravines Wine Cellars

Dry Riesling, Argetsinger Vineyard 2017

The NY Times’ Eric Asimov described a previous vintage of this wine as the “Best American Riesling I’ve ever tasted.” An expressive and vibrant wine from the old vines and sloping limestone soils of the famous Argetsinger Vineyard on the southeastern edge of Seneca Lake. This is a new release for 2021!

A powerful and rich, dry Riesling, with waves of seductive minerality and depth of flavor.  You'll find the typical high acidity and leaner fruit profile of this vineyard site shining through, as well a complexity and agability that can only be compared to Germany's Grosses Gewächs. 


95 Points, Decanter Magazine

“According to Morten Hallgren, 2017 was neither as warm as '16 nor as cool as '18, and the combination of the moderate climate and the thin limestone soils of the Argetsinger vineyard have delivered a wine that is ripe but still very fresh, with aromas that span lemon peel, apricot, chamomile and mineral on the very expressive nose, and a texture that is lively but shows a pleasantly plump feel despite the fact that it is perfectly dry. Lovely quality – should age for another decade or more.” – CC, 1/31/22


94 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

“As distinct from most Seneca Lake vineyards, the soils at Argetsinger are mostly limestone beneath gravel and glacial till. They deliver a Riesling of seamless elegance and reserve—my note for this wine was “No splash.” The scent combines white chalk, lemon curd, a hint of fusil. The flavors are as quiet as a still lake, composed, mildly herbal, with gentle phenolics that last.” – PC, 8/1/21

Wine Spectator - 92 points

"Nicely focused from the start, with mouthwatering acidity coursing beneath yellow apple, white peach and jasmine notes. Showing a serious snap of slate on the finish, this distinctive wine still has some evolution ahead of it. Drink now through 2026. 974 cases made." — JM


Wine Advocate - 91+ points

“The 2017 Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard, another late release, has just three grams of sugar (owner Morton Hallgren said, "Our sugar analysis is only accurate down to plus or minus one gram per liter, so it can be between two and four grams per liter") plus eight grams of total acidity. It comes in at 12.7% alcohol. Steely, deep and perhaps a touch reductive, this powerful Riesling is another classic from this vineyard. It's not for the shy, though, and winemaker Morton Hallgren has built this for the long haul. As it airs out and warms, this gripping Riesling becomes a little friendlier, but only a little. It's not entirely clear where the ceiling is for this wine just yet, but let's start here and see where it goes in time. It does need to come into better balance. If you like your Rieslings softer and sweeter, this isn't going to be for you. It definitely needs a food pairing—and perhaps a bit more cellar time.” -MS, 6/3/21

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SKU: B-RAV-4133-17
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Finger Lakes AVA
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