Wall Street Journal Publishes Column about Ravines & the Excellence of Finger Lakes Dry Riesling


On October 13, 2022, Lettie Teague, the distinguished wine columnist for the Wall Street Journal, released an article about the impressive Ravines Dry Riesling wines and Finger Lakes wines “having their moment.”

She talks about the greatness of Riesling in the Finger Lakes, and specifically focuses on single vineyard Riesling wines, writing,

“Copenhagen-born Morten Hallgren, winemaker and co-owner of Ravines Wine Cellars with his wife, Lisa Hallgren, has been making Finger Lakes Riesling for over 20 years and produced his first single-vineyard Riesling in 2007. His approach to those wines is rigorous: ‘They have to earn their designation every single year, and every single year it’s up for re-evaluation.’

The single-vineyard wines we tasted revealed his good judgment. The 2019 Ravines Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling ($33) was full-bodied and powerful, while the 2019 Ravines 16 Falls Vineyard Dry Riesling ($23) was yet more impressive: brilliantly acidic, almost savory—and a very good deal.”

In accordance with this wonderful praise, Ravines is offering bundles of our lauded Dry Rieslings including discounts if ordering the 6 or 12 pack.

A quick plug for our miniature donkeys also made the article (along with the beautiful cover photo for the column of our tasting barn)! Teague writes,

“There are two Ravines locations: one on Keuka Lake and one on Seneca Lake. The latter, in an airy barn, features both Morton Hallgren’s wines and his chef-wife Lisa Hallgren’s culinary creations. (Animal lovers, take note: They keep a small herd of donkeys too.)”

A few other recent reviews about each of the four Dry Riesling wines are listed below:

2019 Dry Riesling – 94 points Decanter Magazine

“This delicious wine is an incredible value. The ‘entry-level’ dry Riesling is blended mainly from fruit from the White Springs and 16 Falls vineyards. In the cool 2019 conditions, these sites delivered lovely aromas of lime, Williams pears and green apple with a hint of hawthorn flowers. The great impression of fruit brings an elegant balance to this bone-dry wine, and the nervy acidity and extract propel it to a lovely, lingering finish. Drinking Window 2022 – 2045.” – CC, 1/31/22

2019 Dry Riesling, Argetsinger Vineyard – 94 points Wine & Spirits Magazine

“This vintage of Argetsginer is all about energy. Grown at Ravines’ leased vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake, it’s spectacularly twitchy and lean, with a scent of pineapple and smoke, passion fruit and lime, high-toned fruit meeting high toned texture. On the palate, the mineral effect is alive and electric, the acidity matched by salinity that seems to pulse through the wine.” – PC, 5/1/22

2019 Dry Riesling, 16 Falls Vineyard93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine

*Please note – very minimal quantities of this wine remain… 4 bottle max per customer

“Where the Argetsinger Riesling beckons in its quiet firmness, Ravines’ 16 Falls, is younger, more assertive, racy and electric, with scents of lees, fusil, Thai pineapple and a hint of celery. The acidity on this wine is more of an overt driver, mouthwatering with taut inner tension for a Thai curry.” – PC, 8/1/21

2020 Dry Riesling, White Springs Vineyard92 points Wine Spectator

“Bright and superfresh, with star fruit, white peach, acacia and heather notes rushing through, backed by tangy, slate-accented minerality on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,020 cases made.” -JM, 8/31/22