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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 2017 Brücke Spätlese is an absolute classic in the making and one of the best version of this Prädikat level from the vineyard since the stellar pair from the 2001 and 2002 vintages. The nose wafts from the glass in a complex constellation of apple,… ...

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Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Oberhauser Brucke 2017  (#332817)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
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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

375ml Half Bottle | In stock, 1 available
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 10 available
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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2016 Wehlener 'Sonnenuhr' Spätlese AP #12 was another wine from the vintage that I had a chance to retaste in May at the estate and came away as impressed as I was back in February. The gorgeous nose jumps from the glass in a classic blend of pear,… ...

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Prum/JJ Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2016  (#330462)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Grosses Gewächs bottling from the Felsenberg is another absolutely superb wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully complex, delivering a constellation of pink grapefruit, wild yeasts, a superb base of volcanic soil tones,… ...

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Donnhoff Riesling Felsenberg Felsenturmchen Grosses Gewachs 2017  (#332812)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 9 available
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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...wafting from the glass in a deep, complex and very classy aromatic mix of apple, grapefruit, iris blossoms, wild yeasts, a beautiful base of slate, incipient notes of petrol and citrus peel. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very suave… ...

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Donnhoff Riesling Norheimer Dellchen Grosses Gewachs 2013  (#332310)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available

94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Hermannshöhle Spätlese from the Dönnhoffs is also excellent this year, but it was a bit more reserved in personality at the time of my tasting and perhaps does not have quite the same precision as the Brücke this year? The bouquet offers up a… ...

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Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Niederhauser Hermannshohle 2017  (#332818)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
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98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: A stunning high-end dry riesling that's still quite shy on the nose, but really concentrated and very finely-nuanced on the palate. Devastatingly beautiful peachy fruit, some honeysuckle and enormous depth at the long, graceful finish. This will… ...

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Prager Riesling Smaragd Wachau Achleiten 2016  (#330943)

Riesling from Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
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91 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett is still pretty reductive, but round, fresh and fruity, with a stimulating piquancy and salinity. A classic Mosel Kabinett with 8.5% alcohol and just the perfect amount of fruit sweetness. Drink 2018-2035. (Apr 2017… ...

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Haag/Fritz Riesling Kabinett Brauneberger 2015  (#327941)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...plenty of filigree and lovely complexity and balance...10% alc... 43g/l r.s... The bouquet is lovely, wafting from the glass in a blend of tart orange, pink grapefruit, plenty of smokiness, wild yeasts, lovely minerality, a touch of mossiness and a… ...

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Emrich-Schonleber Riesling Monzingen Kabinett 2015  (#329909)

Riesling from Nahe, Germany

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
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