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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 Fine Wine Review: It seems that every year, Rebholz is one of the very top producers of GG, and there s no difference this year... Crisp, pure, great attack on the palate. Light, nervy, energetic, like a bolt of thunder. (9/19/17) ...
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okonomierat Rebholz Riesling Pfalz Kastanienbusch GG 2016  (#330803)

Riesling from Pfalz, Germany

[ 94 points Fine Wine Review: It seems that every year, Rebholz is one of the very top producers of GG, and there s no difference this year... Crisp, pure, great attack on the palate. Light, nervy, energetic, like a bolt of thunder. (9/19/17) ] 94 points Fine Wine Review: It seems that every year, Rebholz is one of the very top producers of GG, and there s no difference this year... Crisp, pure, great attack on the palate. Light, nervy, energetic, like a bolt of thunder. (9/19/17)

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99 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): From over 100-year-old vines and fermented in an eight-year-old 2,000-liter Stockinger vat and 15% in small oak barrels, the 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Green Capsule) offers a deep and concentrated, terribly fresh and oaky nose. Round… ...
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Molitor/Markus Riesling Auslese*** Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Green Cap 2016  (#701907)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 99 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): From over 100-year-old vines and fermented in an eight-year-old 2,000-liter Stockinger vat and 15% in small oak barrels, the 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Green Capsule) offers a deep and concentrated, terribly fresh and oaky nose. Round and lush on the palate, this is a very elegant, intense and refined Sonnenuhr with super lush fruit, very fine tannins and ripe acidity. Molitor is extremely proud of all his Sonnenuhr bottlings, but they demand a much longer period of bottle aging. The richness (which is still elegant and fine) and the oak flavors (which are discreet but present) will surely integrate, so the wine has huge potential. Bottled in September 2017; tasted March 2018. Drink: 2018-2060. (Mar 2018) ] 99 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): From over 100-year-old vines and fermented in an eight-year-old 2,000-liter Stockinger vat and 15% in small oak barrels, the 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Green Capsule) offers a deep and…

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95 points James Suckling: White tropical flower aromas and a hint of Thai basil in the nose. Concentrated and filigree, succulent and pristine, everything fitting together beautifully. Super-clean finish in which the sweetness is barely perceptible, even at the early stage in the game of decades. (6… ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Auslese Graacher Domprobst Gold Cap #11 2016  (#330185)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 95 points James Suckling: White tropical flower aromas and a hint of Thai basil in the nose. Concentrated and filigree, succulent and pristine, everything fitting together beautifully. Super-clean finish in which the sweetness is barely perceptible, even at the early stage in the game of decades. (6/7/17) ] 95 points James Suckling: White tropical flower aromas and a hint of Thai basil in the nose. Concentrated and filigree, succulent and pristine, everything fitting together beautifully. Super-clean finish in which the sweetness is barely perceptible,…

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98 points Joel B. Payne (Vinous): Rich golden yellow. Exuberant aromas of caramelized peach, quince preserves and oyster shell on a bed of honeyed botrytis. Incredibly dense on the palate, with its creamy richness perfectly paired with an almost salty tangy quality, this is a breathtaking Riesling.… ...
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Keller Riesling Westhofen Morstein Trockenbeerenauslese GK 2013  (#324421)

Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany

[ 98 points Joel B. Payne (Vinous): Rich golden yellow. Exuberant aromas of caramelized peach, quince preserves and oyster shell on a bed of honeyed botrytis. Incredibly dense on the palate, with its creamy richness perfectly paired with an almost salty tangy quality, this is a breathtaking Riesling. In spite of its depth and weight, this Trockenbeerenauslese is still delicate and elegant. Complex and spicy on the deliriously long finish, this is without any doubt the best noble late harvest offering of the vintage in Germany. Drink: 2020-2050. (Mar 2015) ] 98 points Joel B. Payne (Vinous): Rich golden yellow. Exuberant aromas of caramelized peach, quince preserves and oyster shell on a bed of honeyed botrytis. Incredibly dense on the palate, with its creamy richness perfectly paired with an almost…

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From another stellar site within the confines of Dahlenheim, the Riesling Sussenberg shows a saline minerality and will age well for 10 years or more in a classic vintage. 'Sussenberg' translates to 'Sugar Hill', and while this wine carries discernable residual sugar, it does not present itself as… ...
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Bechtold Riesling Sussenberg 2013  (#329856)

Riesling from Alsace, France

[ From another stellar site within the confines of Dahlenheim, the Riesling Sussenberg shows a saline minerality and will age well for 10 years or more in a classic vintage. 'Sussenberg' translates to 'Sugar Hill', and while this wine carries discernable residual sugar, it does not present itself as sweet due to the racy acidity underlying the fruit. ] From another stellar site within the confines of Dahlenheim, the Riesling Sussenberg shows a saline minerality and will age well for 10 years or more in a classic vintage. 'Sussenberg' translates to 'Sugar Hill', and while this wine carries…

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97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly delicate but intense and persistent fruit and very… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich GK 2016  (#330466)

Dessert Wine from Mosel, Germany

[ 97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly delicate but intense and persistent fruit and very fine salinity... rich, finessed and almost weightless in its intensity. The salty and piquant acidity is alive and kicking. You can hardly produce a better Auslese in this delicate and filigreed style... 2018-2045. (Apr 2018) 40 cases. ] 97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly…

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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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Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 95+ points by John Gilman (View: ...The bouquet offers up a youthfully complex constellation of tart orange, grapefruit, wild yeasts, a beautifully complex base of slate minerality, the vintage s signature botanicals and a topnote of lime peel. On the palate the… ...
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Zilliken Riesling Saarburger Rausch Grosses Gewachs 2016  (#331081)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 95+ points by John Gilman (View: ...The bouquet offers up a youthfully complex constellation of tart orange, grapefruit, wild yeasts, a beautifully complex base of slate minerality, the vintage s signature botanicals and a topnote of lime peel. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, pure and absolutely seamless, with a fine core, excellent focus and nascent complexity, ripe acids and perfect balance on the very long, still quite primary finish. A beautiful GG in the making. 2023-2060. ] Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 95+ points by John Gilman (View: ...The bouquet offers up a youthfully complex constellation of tart orange, grapefruit, wild yeasts, a beautifully complex base of slate minerality, the vintage s signature…

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97 points James Suckling: Very flinty and quite smoky, this is still very tightly wound and has a staggering minerality, but you need to wait at least until 2018 - actually 2028, or even 2038, would be better! - for this radical expression of Wachau terroir to give its best. An amazing finish that… ...
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Prager Riesling Smaragd Wachau Klaus 2016  (#330942)

Riesling from Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria

[ 97 points James Suckling: Very flinty and quite smoky, this is still very tightly wound and has a staggering minerality, but you need to wait at least until 2018 - actually 2028, or even 2038, would be better! - for this radical expression of Wachau terroir to give its best. An amazing finish that doesn't want to stop! (10/1/2017) ] 97 points James Suckling: Very flinty and quite smoky, this is still very tightly wound and has a staggering minerality, but you need to wait at least until 2018 - actually 2028, or even 2038, would be better! - for this radical expression of Wachau…

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91 points Wine Spectator: An opulent spätlese, with a lush, mouthcoating texture framing its peach, sweet corn, vanilla pastry and lemon notes. It's firm in structure, with the acidity emerging on the finish. Tasty now, this will be a beauty in a decade. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases made. (4… ...
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Schloss Schonborn Riesling Spatlese Graflich Eigenbau 2004  (#328873)

Riesling from Rheingau, Germany

[ 91 points Wine Spectator: An opulent spätlese, with a lush, mouthcoating texture framing its peach, sweet corn, vanilla pastry and lemon notes. It's firm in structure, with the acidity emerging on the finish. Tasty now, this will be a beauty in a decade. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases made. (4/30/06) ] 91 points Wine Spectator: An opulent spätlese, with a lush, mouthcoating texture framing its peach, sweet corn, vanilla pastry and lemon notes. It's firm in structure, with the acidity emerging on the finish. Tasty now, this will be a beauty in a…

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92 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Riesling Smaragd Wösendorfer Hochrain displays a smoky and stony bouquet. On the palate, this is a just-ripe and tightly woven Riesling with power, salt and tension. Very stimulating its grip. Drink: 2020-2030. (Jun 2016) ...
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Pichler/Rudi Riesling Wachau Smaragd Hochrain 2015  (#328161)

Riesling from Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria

[ 92 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Riesling Smaragd Wösendorfer Hochrain displays a smoky and stony bouquet. On the palate, this is a just-ripe and tightly woven Riesling with power, salt and tension. Very stimulating its grip. Drink: 2020-2030. (Jun 2016) ] 92 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Riesling Smaragd Wösendorfer Hochrain displays a smoky and stony bouquet. On the palate, this is a just-ripe and tightly woven Riesling with power, salt and tension. Very stimulating its grip.…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...shows a bit more of a tropical fruit edge than the AP #10... The bouquet is pure and totally captivating... fresh pineapple, tangerine, a touch of pear, complex slate minerality, bee pollen and a discreet floral topnote redolent of lilacs... pure,… ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst A.P. #5 2016  (#329520)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

[ 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...shows a bit more of a tropical fruit edge than the AP #10... The bouquet is pure and totally captivating... fresh pineapple, tangerine, a touch of pear, complex slate minerality, bee pollen and a discreet floral topnote redolent of lilacs... pure, fullish and utterly complete, with a superb core, great focus and grip, impressive backend mineral drive and a very long, dancing and filigreed finish. This exudes the elegance of the 2016 vintage, but retains an extra element of energy to unfold with bottle age that will help it just outpace the very lovely AP #10 Domprobst Spätlese. Gorgeous wine. 2022-2055+. (Nov/Dec 2017) ] 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...shows a bit more of a tropical fruit edge than the AP #10... The bouquet is pure and totally captivating... fresh pineapple, tangerine, a touch of pear, complex slate minerality, bee pollen and a…

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