2014 Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels "Terrassen" Riesling Rheingau

SKU #1263643 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 rivulet of fresh lemon serves for bright, cheek-tugging animation in a resonant finish of consummate refreshment and intricate, near-kaleidoscopic interaction among fruity, floral and marine mineral elements.  (5/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen is from the terraced part above the most western part of the Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck, as well as the western part of Berg Schlossberg, and from up to 80-year-old vines. The wine offers a very clear, coolish, slatey/crystalline bouquet that indicates a great delicacy and finesse. Full-bodied, clear and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline and very salty wine with thrill, tension and a nice grip in the finish. Still very closed and with a certain tannic impression at the moment of tasting – the wine was bottled in early July – I wonder if the Kaisersteinfels could be even more finesse-full and delicate, with a little bit more of residual sugar. (SR)  (8/2015)

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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.
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Rheingau

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