Boundary Breaks No. 239 Riesling 2017 750ml - SPIRITED Wines
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Boundary Breaks No. 239 Riesling 2017 750ml
SKU: 45040

Boundary Breaks No. 239 Riesling 2017

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Category White Wine
Region United States, New York, Finger Lakes
Brand Boundary Breaks
Alcohol/vol 12.3%
For this dry Riesling, we aim to produce a wine that has distinct, bright acidity yet also delivers ripe, luscious fruit on the mid-palate and finish. Dry Rieslings, for some people, are simply too austere. They lack the beautiful, often tropical Riesling flavors that arise from harvesting fully-ripe fruit in the vineyard. For our Dry Riesling #239, we seek to achieve maximum ripeness in the vineyard. This allows us to create a bright, crackling Dry Riesling that also has intense tropical fruit characteristics. Any residual sugar in the wine will tend to round the edges off Riesling's natural acidity. That "bracing" acidity makes Riesling distinctive, and we would never want to lose that characteristic in this wine. As is always the case with Riesling, the key to a magnificent wine is "balance" among the acidity, residual sugar and flavor. Riesling is one of the world's most food-friendly wines. Dry Rieslings tend to have a more angular and "structured" feel. They can pair very well with creamier foods or other dense preparations like fried chicken or fish. This Dry Riesling #239 has the body and weight to stand up to nearly any white meat, whether pork, chicken or seafood.
Wine Advocate
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The 2017 Dry Riesling No. 239, made by Kelby Russell at Red Newt, comes in with eight grams of residual sugar, 7.3 of acidity and 12.3% alcohol. The winery says that the goal here is to harvest at an "unusually high degree of ripeness and then ferment the wine dry," like a German Spätlese Trocken. Clean and transparent, this is pretty gorgeous. The first claim to fame is that ripeness-it seems surprisingly rich and fruity. It then adds a hint of sugar on the end. I was thinking: "Whaaaat? Isn't this the Dry Riesling?" The hammer then comes down and the acidity takes this wine over. It balances the fruit and eviscerates the sugar. As it airs and warms, this becomes simply gripping, typically seeming like a big-time wine with a small-time price. A super bargain, this looks like the best I've seen in the brand so far (and perhaps the best table wine I've seen from Boundary Breaks). It likely will age well too, although it does have that to prove in the cellar. There were 2,500 cases produced.

Mark Squires, February 28, 2019
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A bright, effusive nose of pulverized limestone, freshly zested lime and white flowers offers a powerful start to this wine. The dry medium-bodied palate brings a complex mix of earthy, spicy and fruit elements, with flavors of crunchy yellow apple, lime, fresh ginger and tangy wet stone pushing through. A textured and tangy white-plum-skin note lingers on the finish.

Alexander Peartree, September 1, 2019