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Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

The late-ripening Riesling grape is perfectly suited to the sweet style and perfectly suited to Germany's best vineyards, the most northerly in the wine growing world. First, only Pinot Noir can match Riesling's ability to convey such a pure sense of time and place from such highly specific plots of land. Second, the profile of luxurious sugar and fruit allied to bracing acidity is simply inimitable. Many regions have tried. All have failed. The sweet wines, or Prädiktat wines, are legally defined according to must weight and actual alcohol content. Kabinett is the first tier on the pyramid, typically bright and fresh in style with exuberant fruit and racy acid. Spätlese wines are riper in natural sugars and potential alcohol, fuller in body and residual sugar, and longer lived in the cellar. The Auslese tier takes wine to another realm of expression and complexity with intensely ripe fruits married to ultra-fine, filigreed acid. The super-premium tiers of Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein are to the point of defying description. Exceedingly rare and exorbitantly expensive, they are among the wine world's unicorns, and enjoying one is the treat of a lifetime, indeed.

In terms of terroir, Germany's wine identity is defined by the five-mile-long wall of vines in the middle Mosel River Valley. The best plots of vines cling to steep inclines (up to 60% in some places) on beds of weathered slate soils, said to impart the region's trademark "petrol" character to the wines' bouquets. Along the river's snaking course, the best sites enjoy southerly exposures to take full advantage of the day's rays, even late into the season. Many of Germany's greatest wine estates are based in the villages on the Mosel, but its tributaries, Saar and Ruwer, boast their own fair share of iconic vineyards and producers, with the wines generally more elegant and austere than those from the river's main course. Where the Mosel meets the mighty Rhine river, the wines of the Nahe are generally riper and more unctuous than the Mosel's, but great growers are finding new levels of refinement each year. At an eastward bend in the river, the historically majestic Rheingau's prized, south-facing vineyards produce Rieslings of elegant subtlety and austerity. Where the Rhine turns south again, the Rheinhessen's easterly wall of red slate, known as the Roter Hang produces wines of luxurious sweetness and spicy minerality. Further down the river, the Pfalz is perhaps Germany's most exciting wine region today, as it sits in the lee of the Vosges mountains, far from any major river, making it Germany's driest, sunniest micro-climate. The resulting Rieslings display a honeyed decadence and body with riveting acidity, characteristic Riesling but wholly Pfalz at heart.

Riesling is also the most important of Alsace's four noble varietals, albeit with an expression very distinct from those of Germany. In contrast to other Alsatian wines, Rieslings d'Alsace are usually not meant to be drunk young, but many are still best in their first years. Rieslings d'Alsace tend to be mostly very dry with a cleansing acidity. They are thick-bodied wines that coat the palate. These wines age exceptionally well with a quality vintage capable of cellaring for up to two decades or more. Alsace Rieslings tend to be tightly wound in youth, displaying mostly a steely austerity with a edge of spicy petrol, but with time, the grape's round and opulent fruit flavors come forth, resulting in wines of world-class depth, concentration, and complexity. Riesling is very suitable for the late harvest Vendange Tardive and the botrytized Sélection de Grains Nobles, with good acidity keeping up the sweetness of the wine. Elsewhere, Austrian Riesling is generally very intense and structured, producing a strong clarity of flavour coupled with a mouthwatering aroma. A particular trademark of Austrian Riesling is a long finish that includes hints of white pepper. It flourishes in the cool climate and free-draining granite and mica soils of the Wachau, Wagram, Kremstal, and Kamptal regions where Austrian wine laws allow for irrigation. With alcohol levels normally around 13%, it is generally fuller and more robust than German Riesling. Austrian Rieslings are typically made in the dry style, as the botrytis cinerea noble rot does not occur with the necessary frequency in vineyards along the Danube.

In the New World, the grape also thrives in certain climates and geographies, which impart their characteristic marks on their wines' profiles. None, however, have ever proven capable of matching the expressions found in Alsace or Germany for longevity or complexity. In Australia, Riesling still flourishes in Frankland River, Clare Valley, and in the cooler Eden Valley and High Eden regions. Certain parts of these regions contain similar soil types as the Mosel, with the resulting petrol nuances in some of the wines, although not nearly as pronounced as their German counterparts. Australian Rieslings are noted for their oily texture and primary flavors of lime and grapefruit in their youth, along with a smooth balance of freshness and acid as they age. The botrytized Australian Rieslings have immense levels of flavor concentrations that have been favorably compared to lemon custard. In the United States, Washington is the most suitable ground for Riesling cultivation, with the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain AVAs producing easy-drinking wines with forward stone fruit flavors and gentle minerality. California is far less suitable, although regions like Anderson Valley sometimes give favorable conditions for quality Riesling wines.

With the tremendous diversity of styles and its inimitable complexity and ageworthiness, few grapes on earth can match Riesling's stature among wine aficionados. A love for Riesling is the truest indicator of someone who has taken their wine experience to new levels.

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: An earthy dimension still clings to the zesty notes on the nose but on the palate a whole load of citrus flavors are expressed without strain: For now, lemon and the tangy zest of tangerine carry everything on this slender but concentrated wine to a glorious, totally… ...
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Brundlmayer Riesling Kamptal Zobinger Heiligenstein 2015  (#329667)

Riesling from Kamptal, Niederösterreich, Austria

[ 94 points Wine Enthusiast: An earthy dimension still clings to the zesty notes on the nose but on the palate a whole load of citrus flavors are expressed without strain: For now, lemon and the tangy zest of tangerine carry everything on this slender but concentrated wine to a glorious, totally refreshing finish. This is the glory of youth but with such purity and bundled energy this has a long, promising and decidedly delicious future. Drink 2016-2036. (Sep 2016) ] 94 points Wine Enthusiast: An earthy dimension still clings to the zesty notes on the nose but on the palate a whole load of citrus flavors are expressed without strain: For now, lemon and the tangy zest of tangerine carry everything on this slender…

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95 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet... is stunning, soaring from the glass in a fine blend of pink grapefruit, a hint of gooseberry, plenty of smokiness, gorgeous minerality, wild yeasts, a hint of mossiness and a topnote of lime peel... pure, full-bodied and beautifully light on its feet, with a… ...
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Emrich-Schonleber Riesling Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzchen GG 2015  (#329907)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 95 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet... is stunning, soaring from the glass in a fine blend of pink grapefruit, a hint of gooseberry, plenty of smokiness, gorgeous minerality, wild yeasts, a hint of mossiness and a topnote of lime peel... pure, full-bodied and beautifully light on its feet, with a rock solid core, bright, seamless acids and stunning length and grip on the very, very elegant and perfectly balanced finish... one of the most beautiful dry Rieslings I tasted on this trip. 2020-2050+. (Mar/Apr 2016) ] 95 points John Gilman: ...The bouquet... is stunning, soaring from the glass in a fine blend of pink grapefruit, a hint of gooseberry, plenty of smokiness, gorgeous minerality, wild yeasts, a hint of mossiness and a topnote of lime peel... pure, full…

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93 points James Suckling: Although this is still a bit closed, it has the same kind of exotic aromas (mango!) as the previous two vintages and the same kind of power and concentration too. The racy acidity easily keeps the 13.5% alcohol in check, and the finish has a stunning mineral freshness.… ...
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Boundary Breaks Riesling Finger Lakes Dry No. 239 2016  (#332423)

Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York

[ 93 points James Suckling: Although this is still a bit closed, it has the same kind of exotic aromas (mango!) as the previous two vintages and the same kind of power and concentration too. The racy acidity easily keeps the 13.5% alcohol in check, and the finish has a stunning mineral freshness. Drink from late 2017, but could be kept for up to 10 years. (4/28/17) ] 93 points James Suckling: Although this is still a bit closed, it has the same kind of exotic aromas (mango!) as the previous two vintages and the same kind of power and concentration too. The racy acidity easily keeps the 13.5% alcohol in check, and…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The wine comes in at around 12.5% alcohol and offers up a refined and very classy bouquet of grapefruit, white cherries, wild yeasts, dried flowers, a lovely base of minerality, petrol and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied,… ...
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Schafer-Frohlich Riesling Nahe Felsenberg Grosses Gewachs 2015  (#328695)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The wine comes in at around 12.5% alcohol and offers up a refined and very classy bouquet of grapefruit, white cherries, wild yeasts, dried flowers, a lovely base of minerality, petrol and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and just beautifully balanced, with a fine core, superb focus and grip and a very, very long, classic and refined finish. Just a beautiful wine in the making. 2022-2060. (Mar/Apr 2016) ] 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The wine comes in at around 12.5% alcohol and offers up a refined and very classy bouquet of grapefruit, white cherries, wild yeasts, dried flowers, a lovely base of minerality, petrol and a smoky…

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95 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich 2016  (#330461)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 95 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly balanced by the spicy, grippy phenols/minerals. This is a really complex Spätlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years. Drink: 2018-2050. (Apr 2018) ] 95 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is…

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93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Ohligsberg GG is an excellent wine in the making, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of white cherries, tart pear, smoky overtones, a superb base of slate minerality, a touch of wild yeasts and a topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the… ...
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Haart/Reinhold Riesling Wintricher Ohligsberg Grosses Gewachs 2015  (#327959)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Ohligsberg GG is an excellent wine in the making, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of white cherries, tart pear, smoky overtones, a superb base of slate minerality, a touch of wild yeasts and a topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and quite suave on the attack, with lovely elegance to its structural chassis, bright, ripe acids and excellent length and grip on the focused and youthful finish. Really a lovely wine. 2019-2040. (Mar/Apr 2016) ] 93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Ohligsberg GG is an excellent wine in the making, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of white cherries, tart pear, smoky overtones, a superb base of slate minerality, a touch of wild…

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A blend of three different vineyards. The vines are at least 20 years old. Intense fruit. A superb example of what the modern Rheinhessen can do: rich intense fruit, less floral and more stone fruit, nectarine or peach, with a hearty earthiness that gives the wine both power and complexity. Entirely… ...
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Winter Riesling Dittelsheim Rheinhessen 2013  (#326681)

Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany

[ A blend of three different vineyards. The vines are at least 20 years old. Intense fruit. A superb example of what the modern Rheinhessen can do: rich intense fruit, less floral and more stone fruit, nectarine or peach, with a hearty earthiness that gives the wine both power and complexity. Entirely hand picked grapes all fermented in stainless steel. An example of why the Rheinhessen is the most improved and exciting wine region in Germany. ] A blend of three different vineyards. The vines are at least 20 years old. Intense fruit. A superb example of what the modern Rheinhessen can do: rich intense fruit, less floral and more stone fruit, nectarine or peach, with a hearty earthiness that…

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93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Suggestive sweetness of honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley mingle with scents of fig and white peach on the nose, and a delightful corresponding interplay of luscious fruit and inner-mouth perfume prevails on a buoyant, silken palate. Savory and piquant… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Kabinett Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl 2016  (#330809)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Suggestive sweetness of honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley mingle with scents of fig and white peach on the nose, and a delightful corresponding interplay of luscious fruit and inner-mouth perfume prevails on a buoyant, silken palate. Savory and piquant suggestions of sprouted grains, citrus zest and marine minerals contribute to the invigoration and saliva-inducement of a lip-smackingly lingering finish that manages at once to caress, stimulate and refresh... (Apr 2018) ] 93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Suggestive sweetness of honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley mingle with scents of fig and white peach on the nose, and a delightful corresponding interplay of luscious fruit and inner-mouth perfume prevails on a…

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94 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese (AP #10) is one of three Spätlesen that werew selected in 2016. The wine has a very clear and smoky bouquet of perfectly ripe, healthy Riesling berries and yellow-fleshed stone fruits. Round, lush and piquant,… ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst A.P. #10 2016  (#329521)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 94 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese (AP #10) is one of three Spätlesen that werew selected in 2016. The wine has a very clear and smoky bouquet of perfectly ripe, healthy Riesling berries and yellow-fleshed stone fruits. Round, lush and piquant, this is a very elegant and stimulating Spätlese with lingering, mouthwatering salinity. The wine is complex but not all too intellectual. It has a ripe but coolish-elegant character with a long, well-structured finish. Drink: 2018-2050. (Apr 2018) ] 94 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese (AP #10) is one of three Spätlesen that werew selected in 2016. The wine has a very clear and smoky bouquet of perfectly ripe, healthy Riesling berries and…

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90-92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): In the past there has been versions of the Leistenberg Kabinett under both screwcap and natural cork, but this year, it is all under the screw, and this wine too had only been bottled for a few days prior to my visit. The bouquet is a very stylish… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg 2014  (#333298)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 90-92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): In the past there has been versions of the Leistenberg Kabinett under both screwcap and natural cork, but this year, it is all under the screw, and this wine too had only been bottled for a few days prior to my visit. The bouquet is a very stylish blend of apple, pear, slate, lilacs and a touch of wild yeasts in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and succulent, with a good core, beautiful balance, ripe acids and very good length and grip on the finish. This too is a bit unsettled from its recent bottling, but will be very good... 2015-2025. (Mar/Apr 2015) ] 90-92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): In the past there has been versions of the Leistenberg Kabinett under both screwcap and natural cork, but this year, it is all under the screw, and this wine too had only been bottled for a few days…

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Fresh, bright, intensely aromatic, with a touch of richness from its hint of residual sugar. The nose is a combination of stone and flower; minerality and apple blossoms go hand-in-hand. With less than one percent residual sugar, its sweetness is nicely balanced with a crisp acidity. The initial… ...
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Stony Hill White Riesling Napa Valley 2016  (#331876)

Riesling from Napa Valley, California

[ Fresh, bright, intensely aromatic, with a touch of richness from its hint of residual sugar. The nose is a combination of stone and flower; minerality and apple blossoms go hand-in-hand. With less than one percent residual sugar, its sweetness is nicely balanced with a crisp acidity. The initial sweetness is quickly replaced by candied orange peel and a delicate yet lingering finish. Consider pairing this lovely young wine with spicy Asian cuisine. Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast. ] Fresh, bright, intensely aromatic, with a touch of richness from its hint of residual sugar. The nose is a combination of stone and flower; minerality and apple blossoms go hand-in-hand. With less than one percent residual sugar, its sweetness is…

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93-94 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Last tasted from cask in June 2016, this combines ripe white peach, fresh lime and floral perfume with coolingly pungent mint and oregano. Polished in feel and infectiously juicy, it introduces a welter of shimmering, ineffable mineral nuances - saline,… ...
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Nigl Riesling Kremstal Hochacker 2015  (#327576)

Riesling from Kremstal, Niederösterreich, Austria

[ 93-94 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Last tasted from cask in June 2016, this combines ripe white peach, fresh lime and floral perfume with coolingly pungent mint and oregano. Polished in feel and infectiously juicy, it introduces a welter of shimmering, ineffable mineral nuances - saline, stony, crystalline, peppery - in its undulating, multilayered, mouthwatering, finely focused finish. Drink: 2017-2028. (Feb 2017) ] 93-94 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): Last tasted from cask in June 2016, this combines ripe white peach, fresh lime and floral perfume with coolingly pungent mint and oregano. Polished in feel and infectiously juicy, it introduces a welter of…

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