2007 Josef Leitz "Magic Mountain" Riesling Trocken (Dry) (Previously $35)

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90 Points The Wine Advocate -"Yellow plum, apricot, and kumquat inform a palpably dense palate that seems almost to be suffused with crushed stone. The pungency of smoke and citrus oil, piquancy of toasted nuts, and chew of fruit skin all lend invigoration - but no outright bitterness - to this sappy example of the characteristic 2007 vintage alliance of stuffing and ripe flavors with dynamic and refreshment. This should be worth following for at least 8-10 years, since neither the quality of its raw materials nor their treatment differs materially from that of Leitz-s dry single-vineyard wines." What can you say about a winemaker that fails to make even the slightest misstep? When every wine, and there are more than couple made by the ever boyish Joseph Leitz, is better than the next? Leitz' 2007 Magic Mountain is no exception. It's a QbA made in a dry, international style, and it has gobs of power and minerality, with white peaches and citrus and a real affinity for the foods we like to eat, particularly those of who live on the West Coast, with Dungeness crab season just around the corner!

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2009 | Send Email
I know it's pricy for a dry German Riesling, but this wine is truly magical. The nose is a deeply complex flurry of citrus, spice, ginger and slate and the palate showcases its beauty with a vibrant balance of the above-mentioned flavors. It is one of the better dry Rieslings I have ever tasted, if not the best. If you need a remarkable gift or just want to try something great, this is the bottle.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2009 | Send Email
Wow. Impressive depth and richness to this wine. The nose is intense, with classic lime, petrol and stone fruit aromas. Palate is concentrated and pure, showing ripe citrus fruit flavors and mouth-watering acidity. The richness on the palate belies the ultimately dry, long and persistent finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2009 | Send Email
A lot of our customers ask for a great dry Riesling. Now we have it- if you are ready for it! This is exciting, concentrated, pure, mineral-driven essence of the Rheingau with absolutely no sugar or softness whatsoever. While decidedly not for the uninitiated, this wine wowed our entire staff, and was clearly the top wine of our big Loire/ Austrian / German training session. This will pair very well with pan-Asian cuisine now, and should age effortlessly for many years to come in your good cellar.
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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.