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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 Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...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… ...
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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 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…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The two Rausch Spätlesen from 2015 are extremely special from the Zillikens this year. The 'regular' bottling is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a vibrant mélange of pineapple, a touch of white cherry, bee pollen, saline slate tones and a… ...
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Zilliken Riesling Spatlese Saarburger Rausch 2015  (#333306)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The two Rausch Spätlesen from 2015 are extremely special from the Zillikens this year. The 'regular' bottling is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a vibrant mélange of pineapple, a touch of…

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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…

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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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96 points James Suckling: A new bottling of the oldest and best parcel on the vineyard. This has a greater sense of depth and fleshy concentration. Steely and stony notes with pure lemon citrus. The palate has excellent texture and pithy concentration. Drink or hold. (8/14/18) ...
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Pewsey Vale Riesling Block 1961 Eden Valley 2017  (#702144)

Riesling from Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

96 points James Suckling: A new bottling of the oldest and best parcel on the vineyard. This has a greater sense of depth and fleshy concentration. Steely and stony notes with pure lemon citrus. The palate has excellent texture and pithy…

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96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (Gold Capsule), AP #9 17, shows a stony-flinty, very precise and concentrated grapefruit and lemon bouquet. The wine is lush and generous and is based on 50% botrytis, which gives roundness and… ...
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Haag/Fritz Riesling GK Auslese Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr #9 2016  (#333304)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (Gold Capsule), AP #9 17, shows a stony-flinty, very precise and concentrated grapefruit and lemon bouquet. The wine is lush and generous and is…

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93 points James Suckling: As cool and pure as a mountain stream. Did somebody say 'sweetness?' You hardly taste it, and the finish is almost completely dry. Anytime during the next 20 years is a good time. (6/7/17) ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich 2016  (#330187)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

93 points James Suckling: As cool and pure as a mountain stream. Did somebody say 'sweetness?' You hardly taste it, and the finish is almost completely dry. Anytime during the next 20 years is a good time. (6/7/17)

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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…

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94 points Wine Spectator: Expressive and opulent, yet with vibrant acidity. Flavors of nectarine, kumquat fruit and toasted herbs mingle at the core. Best from 2020 through 2032. 250 cases made. (3/31/18) ...
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okonomierat Rebholz Riesling Pfalz Im Sonnenschein Ganz Horn GG 2016  (#330802)

Riesling from Pfalz, Germany

94 points Wine Spectator: Expressive and opulent, yet with vibrant acidity. Flavors of nectarine, kumquat fruit and toasted herbs mingle at the core. Best from 2020 through 2032. 250 cases made. (3/31/18)

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is pure, still fairly primary and utterly classical in depth and proportion, delivering a superb constellation of white cherries, delicious apple, a touch of the yellow plum to come in time, a gorgeous signature of slate minerality and a… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Auslese Wehlener Sonnenuhr GK 2016  (#330467)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is pure, still fairly primary and utterly classical in depth and proportion, delivering a superb constellation of white cherries, delicious apple, a touch of the yellow plum to come in time…

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93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...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… ...
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Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Norheimer Kirschheck 2017  (#332816)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...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…

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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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