Riesling

Riesling
(REEZ-leeng)
The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in Germany and Alsace, the Riesling grape is grown on steep, sun-facing slopes of these cooler climates. It can be made in dry or sweet styles – Germany's qualification system for Rieslings is actually based on ripeness level and the grape is almost always bottled as a sole varietal in the country. In Alsace, Riesling can be blended, although typically not, and is most often made in a dry style.

Notable Facts
Riesling has an extremely high level of acidity. That acidity is matched by the intensity of the grape's floral and fruit aromas. A number of descriptors are associated with Riesling due to its tendency to adopt the characteristics of where it is grown. Rieslings of the Mosel are distinctive because its flavors reflect the region's slate soils, while its partner in Alsace displays less soil character and more peach and apricot nuances due to the warmer climate. For dry styles of Riesling, look to Germany's Kabinett levels, Alsace, Washington State, Australia and New Zealand. For a slightly sweeter style, look to Germany's wines of the Spatlese and Auslese levels. If you can afford it, and want a true, decadent and sweet experience, look for the Beerenauslese and Trokenbeerenauslese styles. Hedonistic.

Summing it up
Successful Sites:
Germany, Alsace, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Washington State, California, New York State

Common Descriptors:
steely, peach, mineral, floral, petrol, orange blossom, citrus

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  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2014
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  • Eroica Riesling 2013
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2013
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2013
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  • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2013
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2013
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  • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Estate Kabinett 2013
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  • Robert Oatley Signature Riesling 2013
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  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2012
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  • Trimbach Riesling 2012
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  • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2012
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  • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012
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  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Johannisberg Riesling 2013
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2013
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  • Eroica Gold Riesling 2012
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  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2013
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  • Pacific Rim Riesling 2012
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  • Fess Parker Santa Barbara Riesling 2013
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  • Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2012
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  • Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Riesling 2013
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2010
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  • NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2013
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