Empire Estate Dry Riesling 2014


91 Points Editor's Choice

A promising start for Empire Estate's first bottling, this perfumed dry Riesling is marked by lifted aromas of orange blossom and citrus peel. Concentrated tangerine and honey flavors have an electric vibe, balancing a nervous edge of lemon-lime acidity against a honed, steely polish.

- Anna Lee C. Iijima, May 2016,  


The 2014 Dry Riesling was the debut release of this brand. In structure, this is quite brilliant, dry, piercing and powerful, with a juicy finish. The fruit, not overly expressive, is less interesting than the structure. There is a bit of a grapefruit finish, that hint of sour lemon ball. Overall, this is a food wine—not an easy drinker—but it is beautifully built. It seems to have the ability to age reasonably well, but given no track record, let's be a bit conservative there.

Drink Date: 2016-2022

- Mark Squires Dec 2016