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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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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The very complex nose delivers a magical constellation of fresh pineapple, white cherries, slate, lime zest, bee pollen, a touch of wild yeasts and a lovely topnote of iris blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish, zesty and very deep at the… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich 2016  (#330463)

Dessert Wine from Mosel, Germany

[ 95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The very complex nose delivers a magical constellation of fresh pineapple, white cherries, slate, lime zest, bee pollen, a touch of wild yeasts and a lovely topnote of iris blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish, zesty and very deep at the core, with racy excellent acids, fine focus and grip and a very long, vibrant and perfectly balanced finish. Great juice. 2023-2075+. (May/Jun 2018) ] 95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The very complex nose delivers a magical constellation of fresh pineapple, white cherries, slate, lime zest, bee pollen, a touch of wild yeasts and a lovely topnote of iris blossoms. On the palate the…

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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 John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Kirschheck Spätlese is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a very pretty bouquet of white cherries, apple, wild yeasts, a touch of sea salts, bee pollen, apple blossoms and a superb base of minerality. On the palate the wine is medium… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Norheimer Kirschheck 2017  (#332816)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Kirschheck Spätlese is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a very pretty bouquet of white cherries, apple, wild yeasts, a touch of sea salts, bee pollen, apple blossoms and a superb base of minerality. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and dancing, with a juicy core, great cut and grip and a long, vibrant and perfectly balanced finish. This is going to be delicious to drink in its youth, but will have no trouble keeping several decades. 2018-2045. (May/Jun 2018) ] 93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Kirschheck Spätlese is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a very pretty bouquet of white cherries, apple, wild yeasts, a touch of sea salts, bee pollen, apple blossoms and a superb base…

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96 points James Suckling: Another 2016 Spätlese from Dönnhoff that's still a bit shy on the nose, but on the palate it s like a huge glittering diamond with more facets flashing many colors. An extremely long super-mineral finish that is impeccably clean in spite of the generous grape sweetness in… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Niederhauser Hermannshohle 2016  (#330120)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 96 points James Suckling: Another 2016 Spätlese from Dönnhoff that's still a bit shy on the nose, but on the palate it s like a huge glittering diamond with more facets flashing many colors. An extremely long super-mineral finish that is impeccably clean in spite of the generous grape sweetness in this masterpiece of elegance. Better from 2018 with decades of ageing potential. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified. (11/29/17) ] 96 points James Suckling: Another 2016 Spätlese from Dönnhoff that's still a bit shy on the nose, but on the palate it s like a huge glittering diamond with more facets flashing many colors. An extremely long super-mineral finish that is impeccably…

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91 points James Suckling: This is the easiest of Dönnhoff's 2016 dry rieslings to enjoy now, because it's the one with the most upfront fruit character. However, this too has a crisp long finish of some complexity. Drink or hold. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified. (11/29/17) ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Trocken 2016  (#330118)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 91 points James Suckling: This is the easiest of Dönnhoff's 2016 dry rieslings to enjoy now, because it's the one with the most upfront fruit character. However, this too has a crisp long finish of some complexity. Drink or hold. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified. (11/29/17) ] 91 points James Suckling: This is the easiest of Dönnhoff's 2016 dry rieslings to enjoy now, because it's the one with the most upfront fruit character. However, this too has a crisp long finish of some complexity. Drink or hold. Made from organic…

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97 points James Suckling: Unexpectedly charming on the nose for a wine from volcanic soil this has stunning grapefruit and lime character. Then just when you think it s a nice guy the totally radical, smoky and mineral finish comes through to remind you how strong nature can be! Drink now or hold. … ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Felsenberg Felsenturmchen Grosses Gewachs 2016  (#330124)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 97 points James Suckling: Unexpectedly charming on the nose for a wine from volcanic soil this has stunning grapefruit and lime character. Then just when you think it s a nice guy the totally radical, smoky and mineral finish comes through to remind you how strong nature can be! Drink now or hold. (11/29/17) ] 97 points James Suckling: Unexpectedly charming on the nose for a wine from volcanic soil this has stunning grapefruit and lime character. Then just when you think it s a nice guy the totally radical, smoky and mineral finish comes through to remind…

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91-92 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...exhibits a striking combination of bright, active, tart citricity and gooseberry crunch with smoky, stony underpinnings. Formidably energetic and persistent, it comes off as a bit more primary and reminiscent of a 'normal' handling of Riesling fruit...… ...
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Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Niederosterreich Tradition 2013  (#330946)

Riesling from Niederösterreich, Austria

[ 91-92 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...exhibits a striking combination of bright, active, tart citricity and gooseberry crunch with smoky, stony underpinnings. Formidably energetic and persistent, it comes off as a bit more primary and reminiscent of a 'normal' handling of Riesling fruit... There is obviously tremendous potential here but enough youthful jumpiness, severity and austerity to suggest that one wait a few years before taking the second peek. Drink: 2018-2025. (Nov 2015) ] 91-92 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...exhibits a striking combination of bright, active, tart citricity and gooseberry crunch with smoky, stony underpinnings. Formidably energetic and persistent, it comes off as a bit more primary and…

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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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97 points James Suckling: The 2016 Hermannshöhle GG from Dönnhoff is once again one of the top dry rieslings of the vintage in Germany thanks to its stunning combination of concentration and finesse. The super-mineral finish tugs at your lapels trying to pull you with it into the distance. Don't… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Niederhauser Hermannshohle Grosses Gewachs 2016  (#330123)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 97 points James Suckling: The 2016 Hermannshöhle GG from Dönnhoff is once again one of the top dry rieslings of the vintage in Germany thanks to its stunning combination of concentration and finesse. The super-mineral finish tugs at your lapels trying to pull you with it into the distance. Don't resist! Good for several decades at least. (11/29/17) ] 97 points James Suckling: The 2016 Hermannshöhle GG from Dönnhoff is once again one of the top dry rieslings of the vintage in Germany thanks to its stunning combination of concentration and finesse. The super-mineral finish tugs at your lapels…

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This Riesling Icewine has an abundance of vibrant aromatics including peach, pear and lime. On the palate, notes of honey, apricot and mango are balanced by a crisp and lively acidity. Food Pairings: Brie with lavender honey; firm, aged Cheddar or your favorite paté with pear and peach chutney;… ...
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Inniskillin Riesling Niagara Peninsula Icewine 2015  (#333081)

Dessert Wine from Niagara Peninsula, Canada

[ This Riesling Icewine has an abundance of vibrant aromatics including peach, pear and lime. On the palate, notes of honey, apricot and mango are balanced by a crisp and lively acidity. Food Pairings: Brie with lavender honey; firm, aged Cheddar or your favorite paté with pear and peach chutney; seared scallops with apple celery slaw; classic baked apples. ] This Riesling Icewine has an abundance of vibrant aromatics including peach, pear and lime. On the palate, notes of honey, apricot and mango are balanced by a crisp and lively acidity. Food Pairings: Brie with lavender honey; firm, aged Cheddar or…

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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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93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Türmchen Grosses Gewächs... is really lovely this year, offering up a superb nose of spring flowers, apples, white cherries, complex minerality, gentle smokiness, wild yeasts, lilacs and a bit of fleur de sel up high. On the palate the wine is… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Schlossbockelheimer Felsenturmchen GG 2013  (#332308)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

[ 93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Türmchen Grosses Gewächs... is really lovely this year, offering up a superb nose of spring flowers, apples, white cherries, complex minerality, gentle smokiness, wild yeasts, lilacs and a bit of fleur de sel up high. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and supremely elegant in 2013, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, snappy acids and a very long, soil-driven finish. A beautiful wine in the making. 2020-2050. (Mar/Apr 2014) ] 93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Türmchen Grosses Gewächs... is really lovely this year, offering up a superb nose of spring flowers, apples, white cherries, complex minerality, gentle smokiness, wild yeasts, lilacs and a bit of…

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