Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique 2018

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Tasting Notes

As of April 1, 2020, Forge Cellars will donate 5% of the sales of this wine to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation in an effort to support those affected by the Coronavirus shut down of the restaurant industry. Your purchase of a bottle of Forge will reward you not only with tasting a 91-point, Wine Spectator wine, but you will also contribute to sustaining some of the people most adversely affected by the required lockdowns in our country.


This exciting Finger Lakes wine is a project between Louis Barruol of Chateau St. Cosme in the Rhone, France and his American partner, Richard Rainey. The winery was started in 2011 and has quickly been recognized as producing some of the top quality wines of the region, year after year. The Riesling Classique is their most signficant and complete wine; it combines grapes from 19 different vineyard sites within an 8-mile range.


From the Producer: "This wine reflects the substance and diversity of southeast Seneca Lake. It fermented in both vats and old oak (228 liter Burgundy barrels and demi-muids) with indigenous yeasts for 10 months, as is typical of our wines."


Combining aromas of both mineral and fruit: flint, apricot, and chamomile, the wine delivers a balanced texture that’s straightforward while being both long and soft. Flavors include fennel, yellow apple, quince and jasmine notes mixed together, carried on a slightly rounded, waxy frame; touches of mineral and quinine on the bone-dry finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Indian Food, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Thai or Vietnamese

Usa , Finger Lakes
Grape Varietal:
100% Riesling
Staff Pick:
$19.50 each