2014 Leitz "Dragonstone" Riesling Sekt Rheingau

SKU #1235791 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 – has never seemed excessive. Penetrating, bright and clear, this delivers lusciously juicy pear, pineapple and lime in a refreshingly sustained, lightly and mouthwateringly salt-tinged, if also phenolically slightly roughly finish. Considering its price and the enormous volume that now stands behind this bottling (all from estate fruit), quality remains admirable. (DS)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
Time for a sparkling wine that tastes absolutely nothing whatsoever like Champagne: 2014 Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling Sekt. The Rudesheimer Drachenstein site will be familiar to many of our customers, as Leitz’s still, off-dry bottling from it is one of our best-selling German Rieslings. While not bone-dry, this effervescent version has only enough sweetness to bring out a light touch of fruit, with mineral notions and ginger spice in counterpoint. The salient bit for me, more than the passing resemblance it bears to its sibling cuvée, is that it captures a sense of playfulness many Sekts lack. Not doing its best to be proper and serious minded, it winds up landing squarely on f-u-n.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
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Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau