2008 Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Drachenstein "Dragonstone" Riesling Qba (Previously $16)
90 points Wine & Spirits: "This contrasts crisp, cool fruit flavors with the earthy, broadly aromatic profile typical of the Rheingau. It's focused and cleanly defined, and as one taster said, 'it overdelivers for the category,' showing an unusual sophistication for an entry-level wine." According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dragonstone has seldom displayed more vivacity or sheer juiciness - here in the form of lime and grapefruit - nor has it had more tartness (here suggesting crabapple) or herbal pungency. The result is a bit of disharmony, in part noticeable due to the wine’s sheer energy. 'Yes, there’s a fight between sweetness and acid,' Leitz acknowledges, 'but that’s the tension I want.' To my palate, after six months in the bottle, this seemed to have begun knitting itself... if you follow it for a half dozen years (perhaps longer, we have to wait and see) it remains a joy and takes interesting turns." (02/10) Universally regarded as one of the three rising stars of the new generation of Rheingauers (with Künstler and Weil). Extraordinarily aromatic, vigorous wines from a vintner who grows more commanding each vintage. This is the wine that once was called Rüdesheimer Drachenstein, and it’s the wine David Schildknecht said was the best Riesling value in the world, which is because Johannes sells it to us for much less than it’s worth. For a large-production wine this receives the same care in the vineyards and cellar that every Leitz wine receives.