2016 Leitz "Eins Zwei Dry" Riesling Trocken (Dry) Rheingau

SKU #1314899 90 points James Suckling

 Very attractive white peach and citrus aromas. Juicy and elegant with spot-on balance and a long, almost silky finish. An ideal dry Riesling for everyday drinking! Best now or in 2018.  (8/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Leitz has found a formula for his dry estate wine that makes me forgive its corny title. With its successful combination of catchy name, fresh fruit, moderate acidity and ample body it serves to raise the profile of dry German Riesling and that has to be a good thing. 15.5/20 points. (MS)  (4/2017)


 Ripe pear and peach are mingled with zesty lime and orange on the nose and generously juicy palate in a concentrated and effusive but less than 12% alcohol expression of Rheingau Riesling. Hints of stone and resin add interest to a delightfully buoyant, animatingly-sustained finish. This bottling continues to rely substantially on a parcel in the top-notch Geisenheimer Rothenberg Einzellage, but now also incorporates fruit from Oestrich, Winkel, Hattenheim and Erbach. (DS)  (7/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Tangy, lean and fresh, this practically sparkles with mineral tones, a tonic-and-lime without the sweetness or bubbles. But that sounds austere, and this wine isn’t: It has enough extract to give it body, a roundness that would complement a coconut-milk fish curry.  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Importer's Notes: "A wonderfully dry, but not mouth-searing, style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attributes of the noble Riesling varietal but aren't keen on any residual sugar. Makes for a nice aperitif or to wash down grilled sausages, and even matches deliciously with smoked fish."

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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.