Impressive Ratings from Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Seven wine bottles sitting on a table.

Congratulations to Michael Reidy, our vinifera winemaker and the Hazlitt vineyard crew for receiving impressive ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine for the 2019 & 2020 vinifera white wines!

91: 2019 Homestead Reserve Riesling

90: 2019 Dry Riesling

90 & BEST BUY:  2019 Riesling

89: 2020 Pinot Gris

88: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

88 & BEST BUY: Sweet Riesling

87: 2019 Grüner Veltliner

We caught up with Michael Reidy in the wine cellar to get some more details about these wines. “These two vintages were very different. 2019 was moderate in temperature and rainfall and 2020 was very hot and dry (drought at times). The two vintages were actually similar in that they both had a sunny, dry stretch when it was time to harvest the grapes,” said Reidy. He shared that “the wines reflect the vintages (year) they were produced which is always a top priority, but, the consistency of the scores are a testament to the ability and flexibility of the vineyard and winemaking teams to produce high quality wines year in and year out.”  We couldn’t agree more and are so proud of all the handwork that went into making these delicious wines.

Although some of these vintages may no longer be available at our winery locations, you may be able to find them on the shelves at your favorite NYS wine retailer. In the coming weeks you can view these great scores accompanied by the editor’s reviews on the Wine Enthusiast website and in print in the April issue of Wine Enthusiast which is set to hit shelves March 14, 2022.

Ratings defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

98–100: CLASSIC The pinnacle of quality
94–97: SUPERB A great achievement
90–93: EXCELLENT Highly recommended
87–89: VERY GOOD Often good value; well recommended
83–86: GOOD Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value
80–82: ACCEPTABLE Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances

Special Designations defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

Best Buy—products that offer a high level of quality in relation to price. Wines meriting this award are generally priced at $15 or less, and are designated Best Buys after surpassing a specific quality-to-price ratio benchmark.

Rating and special designation definitions are directly from the Wine Enthusiast magazine website.