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91 points Wine & Spirits: "For an entry-level riesling, this offers uncanny power and precision. The lemon flavors drive through the wine as if they were on a mission, plowing through the steely minerality and leaving a mouthwatering saline tang in their wake. Buy it by the case, for Sunday brunches and Wednesday night dinners, and any dinner parties along the way." (12/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Bright lemon and lime freshness. Drive and freshness and lovely dry finish. Lots of sweet citrus flavour in the middle to balance the acidity but no compromise on Riesling purity. (JH)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: A wonderfully dry... Read More »
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.
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. From the winery's note: "This hearty, vigorous rosé with a Pinot Noir base has a range of bouquet that recalls strawberries, violets, raspberries and rhubarb. There is also a hint of lovage and sandalwood. A melting, gentle residual sweetness accompanies every sip. Serve well cooled! It goes well with wild onions in olive oil, air-dried ham, salami, parmesan and naturally a barbecue."
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Straw yellow in color, the freshly opened 2013 Rüdesheimer Riesling trocken shows a hint of burnt milk along with nutty flavors, ripe apples and Williams pears and a nice mineral undertone with lemon peel flavors. The wine opens gentle and quite creamy and develops a certain power and persistent mineral piquancy as well as a nice grip in the good finish. This is already a terroir-driven wine from Leitz's Rüdesheim vineyards and deserves the right handling. (SR)" (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. A generous expression of ripe and yellow fruit is supported by plenty of ...Read More »
93 points Wine & Spirits: "This sandy loess–rich vineyard gave a 2014 that tastes like summer in all its juicy peach and sweet corn flavor. Its sunny disposition make it easy to gulp, but, given time in the glass, the structure becomes more apparent, a broad band of acidity couched in firm, earthy minerality. Enjoy it now, with a corn chowder, and lose a few bottles in the cellar for a few years, too." (12/2015) K&L Notes: The Magdalenenkreuz Vineyard is located on the hillside banks of the town of Rüdesheim. The vineyard starts at an elevation of 100 meters and rises to 165 meters in a relati... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "The 101 is a composition of a number of Spreitzer sites, and with its off-dry expression of peach and grapefruit, delicious acidity and just a hint of pith and peel it is a near ideal introduction to the world of Riesling." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With 18 grams per liter of residual sugar the Rheingau Riesling 101 serves the classic off-dry style of Riesling. Sourced from three different top vineyards (Lenchen, Doosberg, Hendelberg) this bright yellow wine offers a high-toned, precise and piquant bouquet. Light-bodied, fresh and fruity, this is a lovely, quaffable Riesli ...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.
This is an extraordinarily unique blend of Portugeiser, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. It has a bright, fragrant nose, super creamy mousse with pretty strawberry fruit flavors accented by hint of lemon zest and a dry, refreshing finish. It is great on its own, but has the body to complement a variety of foods, making it an excellent and versatile choice for entertaining. Try it with grilled pork sausages!
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "The 2013 Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling trocken Hinterhaus (now a Grosses Gewächs though it is not designated as such except of the bottle which wears the GG sign) has an intense yellow color and lovely concentrated aroma of fully ripe (and dried) white peaches and piquant Riesling berries along with flint stone flavors. It is a rich and full-bodied, powerful and intense yet frisky and elegant Riesling with a piquant fruit expression and a marked acidity as well as a fruit intense length quoting ripe yellow nectarines and peaches. Though it does stil ...Read More »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Rheingau Riesling Spätlese is a selection from the three hillside crus and the Wasseros; shows an intense and super, if not slightly overripe Riesling fruit and slate aroma. Very round and sweet but also elegant on the palate, this is a very accessible Riesling with a nice grip and salinity in the finish. Wilhelm Weil likes the 2014 vintage because his wines combine the attraction of a cool vintage with fully ripe grapes. (SR)" (12/2015)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leitz's 2013 Rudesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen from a small terrace vineyard above the Berg Schlossberg is classified as "VDP Grosse Lage" but not allowed – and never meant – to be presented as Grosses Gewächs because it is – analytically – not dry although it tastes dry much as it has every year since 2004. Picked from 70+-year-old vines on stony red slate and quartzite soils the must fermented to 12.5% of alcohol and 11.9 grams of residual sugar and presents itself as a full, juicy, medium-bodied and fruit intense Riesling with a live ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With higher must weights than the regular Spätlese the 2013 Lenchen Spätlese 303 (a dedication to the founder Josef Spreitzer who once got famous with his 1920 Oestricher Bremerberg-Eisenberg Trocknbeerenauslese which was harvested with 303° Oechsle) is slightly lower in alcohol (8 instead of 8.5%) and also has slightly more residual sugar (95 g/l compared to 88 g/l). Opening to brioche and raisin flavors on the nose, this light-bodied but full-flavored, pure and mineral wine is stimulating, piquant and juicy with its sweetness well hidden in the purity ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett has a pale citrus color and opens very clear and fresh on the nose and represents a rather cool character. Light-bodied, stimulating, piquant and mineral on the palate the wine finishes with a nice grip. Lovely! (SR)" (1/2015)
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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inviting aromas of yellow plum, oyster shell and lemon blossom, with a hint of nut oil. On the palate, the finely meshed apricot pit flavor juicy and invigorating. The finely spiced finish highlights the depth and minerality of this superbly crafted, complex dry Riesling." (3/2015)
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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Musky aromas of apricot pit, vanilla and oyster shell. The smoky, rich botrytis character gives the palate a candied-fruit aspect. Creamy and smoky, yet at the same time clear, precise and impressively long." (1/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Some nutty flavours on the nose – which is very clean and direct, vibrant even. Wonderfully clean, clear fruit. Glucose fix! 18.5/20 points." (7/2005)
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Hand-grown, sustainably farmed, and meticulously made, the wines from Weingut Spreitzer are "crystalline, refined, perfumey and polished," according to importer Terry Theise. Praise from Wine Advocate: "2013 has been an excellent vintage for the family estate which offers a proud range of diverse Rieslings." (01/2015)