Boundary Breaks No. 239 Dry Riesling 2017

Original Price $23.97
Current Price $19.97

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92pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
Parker's Wine Advocate lauds this Boundary Breaks No. 239 Dry Riesling as "pretty gorgeous" a "super bargain" and possibly "the best I've seen in the brand so far".  It's got beautifully ripe fruit and bracing, balancing acidity, making it remarkably food friendly. We say "what are you waiting for"??

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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. Drink 2019-2032. There were 2,500 cases produced.

Boundary Breaks seemed to do especially well, however. I really liked their 2017s. They held their balance nicely. They were some of the best I've seen in the brands." Feb 2019

Winery: "We harvest the fruit for this wine much later than is typical for most dry styles of Riesling. At this level of ripeness, the fruit expresses a tropical quality rarely found in a dry Riesling. The tropical flavors and bracing acidity give this wine an uncommon brightness and power.

The summer of 2017 was unseasonably cool. Fruit was less ripe than normal into mid-September. Then, fortunately, six weeks of warm, dry weather followed enabling fruit to hang on the vines longer than usual. The harvest in November was unusually late for a Riesling in the Finger Lakes."

What's the 239 All About: When you choose to plant grapes, the plant nurseries that sell vines offer several choices within a particular variety. Each specific variation within a grape variety is referred to as a “clone,” and it is given a number like #239 or #198. Within in a particular set of environmental conditions—or “terroir”—some clones are expected to do better than others. In the Finger Lakes, there is no consensus on what the “ideal” clone is for the terroir. When Boundary Breaks began planting its vineyards in 2009, it chose to plant five different Riesling clones to see how they each expressed themselves at the Boundary Breaks site. Clone 239 possesses a slightly more acidic character, and as such is suitable for drier styles.

Bottle: 750ml, cork                 
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Riesling
Alcohol: 12.3%
Residual Sugar 0.8%
Titratable Acidity 7.35g/L
pH 3.0
Brix at Harvest 22
Region: Finger Lakes, NY
Production Limited at 2,500 dozen
Original Price $23.97
Current Price $19.97

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