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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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rheingau Riesling trocken Eins Zwei Dry is very clear, fresh and stony on the nose, a classic Rheingau Riesling with bright, fine and citric fruit aromas intertwined with crushed stone flavors. The racy attack on the palate is followed by a pure and salty taste, and a pretty intense and aromatic finish with a very nice phenolic grip. This Rheingau Riesling is refreshingly pure, straight and dry, and its acidity is mercilessly Riesling-like." (10/2016) K&L Notes: A wonderfully dry, but not mouth-searing, style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attri... Read More »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY, a bubbly take on one of our favorite German rosés.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese (AP #87 16) is pure and precise on the nose. Super ripe, but clear and healthy Riesling flavors, as well as some tropical fruit flavors (mainly pineapples), are displayed. On the palate, the wine is very lucid, piquant and intense, revealing a great precision and lovely concentration. The acidity is racy, but ripe and will perfectly integrate into the lush and fruity texture. Pure and salty in the finish, this is a Spätlese that can compete with the best from the Mosel. Great tension and finesse here ...Read More »
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A kaleidoscope of sweet, sun-kissed fruit, this dazzling kabinett offers an array of glazed grapefruit, tangerine and stone fruit flavors. It's exceptionally light and airy in texture but penetrates deeply. Spry acidity and a sheen of crushed minerals freshens the midpalate, guiding a clean, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2021 to enjoy its youthful exuberance." K&L Notes: Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wine estates in the world, with documented wine records going back to 1211.
This estate, which dates back to 1875, cultivates 222 acres of Riesling using organic methods and hand harvesting. Tasting notes from the importer: "The Estate Spätlese is sourced from parcels that neighbor the estate’s classified single-vineyard sites. It also includes pre-selection fruit from the top sites, which gives the wine an extra dimension of fruit and mineral intensity. It is made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines, and is designed to showcase Spätlese’s riper, richer style from late... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the upper part in the Drachenstein and grown on quartzite, the 2014 Rheingau Riesling Dragonstone has a clear bouquet with mushroom and discreet pineapple aromas, as well as a piquant, juicy, lovely, mineral taste. Light to medium-bodied this is quite long and tension-filled Riesling with just a touch of sweetness. (SR)" (12/2015) Vinous: "We’re down to 32 grams of residual sugar here. I write “down” because the level has kept decreasing annually for more than a decade now, and even so, the wine’s naturally high acidity – especially striking in this vintage – ...Read More »
Among the oldest in the Rheingau, the Spreitzer estate was founded in 1641. Today, it's sustainably farmed by Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer and wines are made with natural settling and one filtration before bottling.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Citrus-colored, the 2015 Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken opens with a somewhat creamy flavor before ripe seed fruit aromas intermix with notes of wet and milled stones. The attack on the palate is very racy, fresh and pure, and the wine reveals a lot of citric flavors intermixed with stone flavors. Medium-bodied and pure but intense, this is a very straight, fresh and grippy, dry Riesling. It has a mouthwatering astringency in the finish. Remarkably fresh and pure for a 2015. A very expressive cool-climate Riesling that gives me an almost Canadian feeling. ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "The shell limestone of Oestrich favours the fruitier side of Riesling and the Spreitzer brothers have managed to coax some alluring citrus-fruit aromas out of the 2015 vintage. Sweet grapefruit with animating acidity produces a delightfully refreshing character. Charming and seductive. (MS)" (5/2016)
Residual sugar: 45.8 g/l ABV: 9.5%
Jancis Robinson: "With its fragrance of tropical fruit and lanolin expression of clean botrytis, the 303 Spätlese reflects the generous sunshine of the 2015 vintage. The rich texture is well balanced by juicy acidity, sweet orange, papaya and honeysuckle emphasise the ripeness of fruit. An ephemeral note of lemon balm sets the final accent. Luscious style of Spätlese. (MS)" (5/2016) K&L Notes: The Lenchen Spätlese 303 is "a dedication to the founder Josef Spreitzer who once got famous with his 1920 Oestricher Bremerberg-Eisenberg Trocknbeerenauslese which was harvested with 303° Oechs... Read More »
German Winemaker of the Year (2011) Johannes Leitz continues the tradition of winemaking started by his grandfather, Josef. In his time at the helm, he has expanded the vineyard holdings to over 40 hectares of 100% Riesling vines.
95 points Vinous: "From ancient terraces high above the Berg Roseneck that Leitz began restoring at the turn of the millennium, this bottling as usual finished with residual sugar just above the cut-off for legal Trockenheit. Nearly every installment since has been memorable, but none more so than this one. A glorious nose mingles ripe white peach, gentian and iris perfume, raw almond, along with intimations of the crustacean shell reduction that goes on to capture the salivary glands on a palate generous in succulent fruit and bittersweet inner-mouth floral perfume. A riv ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rheingau Riesling Tradition is a demi-sec that has been bottled with 28 grams of residual sugar in March/April 2016. The wine has a lovely, clear, bright and aromatic nose with ripe apple and citrus aromas a long with reductive flinty flavors. Medium-bodied, light and filigreed, this is Kabinett-styled wine in the classic sense: racy, piquant and straight, with just charming sweetness and a stimulating finish. (SR)" (10/2016)
In 1780, the father of Dr. Franz Werner, the renowned "Domdechant" (dean) of the Cathedral of Mainz, acquired from the Count York the Hochheim wine estate. Domdechant Werner is credited with having saved the Cathedral from being demolished during the French Revolution and was responsible for its reconstruction. Today, the estate still bears his name and is owned and operated by the 7th generation of the family. Today, Dr. Franz Werner Michel and his wife are leading the 12 ha / 30 acres estate. The vineyards are planted to Riesling (98%) and Spätburgunde... Read More »
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93 points Wine Spectator: "A luscious BA, nectarlike yet well-balanced by tangy acidity, setting the stage for clean, pure flavors of apricot and honey. Lovely finish, too. (BS)" (5/2001)
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