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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 Fine Wine Review: The Dellchen GG is from a combination of slate and volcanic soils. The nose is a bit smoky and has dust elements. The mouth is austere and deep with clarity, excellent acidity, and great penetration. (Issue #142; 2014) ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Norheimer Dellchen Grosses Gewachs Trocken 2012  (#317585)

Riesling from Germany

95 points Fine Wine Review: The Dellchen GG is from a combination of slate and volcanic soils. The nose is a bit smoky and has dust elements. The mouth is austere and deep with clarity, excellent acidity, and great penetration. (Issue #142; 2014)

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95 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): A headily aromatic amalgam of musk melon, mango and white peach sets the stage for a luscious palate performance featuring primary, fresh-fruit juiciness without end. Creamy and glycerol-rich even as it conveys such striking freshness, this finishes with… ...
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Haag/Fritz Riesling GK Auslese Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr #9 2015  (#333303)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

95 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): A headily aromatic amalgam of musk melon, mango and white peach sets the stage for a luscious palate performance featuring primary, fresh-fruit juiciness without end. Creamy and glycerol-rich even as it conveys…

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94 points Mosel Fine Wines: AP: 22 16. This Auslese GK woes one with gorgeous scents of exotic fruits including mango, passion fruit and apricot, all wrapped into some rich honeyed notes on the note. The wine coats the palate with exotic fruits and juicy honey. The finish is however all about… ...
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Haag/Fritz Riesling GK Auslese Brauneberger Juffer #22 2015  (#333301)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

94 points Mosel Fine Wines: AP: 22 16. This Auslese GK woes one with gorgeous scents of exotic fruits including mango, passion fruit and apricot, all wrapped into some rich honeyed notes on the note. The wine coats the palate with exotic fruits and…

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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…

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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…

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93 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): Already shows when and how it will develop thanks to streams of pure lime and minerally acidity. Development over the next 5+ years will see the lime grow while allowing notes of toast and spice to come on board. Drink By: 2030. Alcohol 12%. (Apr 2019) ...
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Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley 2018  (#702333)

Riesling from Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

93 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): Already shows when and how it will develop thanks to streams of pure lime and minerally acidity. Development over the next 5+ years will see the lime grow while allowing notes of toast and spice to come on…

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94 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Rheingau Riesling Kiedrich Gräfenberg Spätlese opens with a deep, intense and flinty bouquet of tropical fruits as well as lovely raisin and grapefruit aromas. On the palate, this is a mouth-filling and lush yet highly elegant and delicate… ...
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Weil Riesling Spatlese Rheingau Kiedricher Grafenberg 2016  (#331474)

Riesling from Rheingau, Germany

94 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Rheingau Riesling Kiedrich Gräfenberg Spätlese opens with a deep, intense and flinty bouquet of tropical fruits as well as lovely raisin and grapefruit aromas. On the palate, this is a mouth…

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95 points Joel B. Payne (Vinous): Rich golden-yellow. Enticing aromas of pineapple, acacia honey and lime waft over a bed of brown spice botrytis. The sweet peach preserve fruit and salty minerality are very well balanced: more elegant than rich and tantalizingly light on the palate. Both delicate… ...
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Keller Riesling Westhofen Brunnenhauschen BA Abtserde E 2013  (#324422)

Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany

95 points Joel B. Payne (Vinous): Rich golden-yellow. Enticing aromas of pineapple, acacia honey and lime waft over a bed of brown spice botrytis. The sweet peach preserve fruit and salty minerality are very well balanced: more elegant than rich and…

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92 points James Suckling: Cool and crisp, but also powerful and mineral this has a lot of drive at the finish. Where is that seafood platter? Best through 2025. (9/8/17) ...
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Gunderloch Riesling Rheinhessen Nierstein Trocken 2016  (#330567)

Riesling from Pfalz, Germany

92 points James Suckling: Cool and crisp, but also powerful and mineral this has a lot of drive at the finish. Where is that seafood platter? Best through 2025. (9/8/17)

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94 points James Suckling: Cool, super-clean and delicate with fine floral and herbal notes, lovely white peach and tart apricot fruit on the palate, then a super-clean finish. If you can resist it now, then you could cellar this through 2035. (6/7/17) ...
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Gunderloch Riesling Spatlese Rheinhessen Rothenberg 2016  (#330568)

Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany

94 points James Suckling: Cool, super-clean and delicate with fine floral and herbal notes, lovely white peach and tart apricot fruit on the palate, then a super-clean finish. If you can resist it now, then you could cellar this through 2035. (6/7/17…

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94 points Stuart Pigott (JamesSuckling.com): The Centrafenberg Riesling from Paul Fürst is one of the most sought after German GGs because of the wine’s crystalline purity, racy acidity, and complex herbal and berry aromas. This is one of the best vintages, packed with flavor and blessed with an… ...
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Furst/Rudolf Riesling Burgstadter Centgrafenberg Grosses Gewachs 2015  (#329078)

Riesling from Franconia, Germany

94 points Stuart Pigott (JamesSuckling.com): The Centrafenberg Riesling from Paul Fürst is one of the most sought after German GGs because of the wine’s crystalline purity, racy acidity, and complex herbal and berry aromas. This is one of the best…

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94 points James Suckling: A delicate Auslese with a lovely delicacy and freshness. Very filigree for a wine of this richness and rather dry for a wine of this sweetness. The result of this fascinating combination is a beautiful wine for spicy foods or conversation. The cool and clean finish is of… ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich Gold Cap #4 2016  (#330186)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

94 points James Suckling: A delicate Auslese with a lovely delicacy and freshness. Very filigree for a wine of this richness and rather dry for a wine of this sweetness. The result of this fascinating combination is a beautiful wine for spicy foods…

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