German Riesling Still Rules
I recently tasted a spate of 2011 Rieslings from Germany. Wines made from this noble grape variety may have taken a back seat to trendier varietals in recent years, but as this group of tasting notes makes clear, Riesling from Germany is still one of the world's best white wines.
Retailers, don't neglect these labels on your retail shelves. With modest prices and high quality, they make exceptional by-the-glass offerings on restaurant wine lists as well. Once your customers develop a taste for quality Riesling, they will be fans for life.
Look for my featurette on Schloss Vollrads in the October print edition of THE TASTING PANEL.
—Anthony Dias Blue
88 Baron zu Knyphausen 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau ($16)
Clean and juicy with minerals and tangy acidity; racy and bright.
90 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 DOM Riesling Qba Off-Dry, Mosel ($17)
Fresh and smooth with tangy green apple fruit and racy acidity; bright and snappy with style and good length.
91 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 DOM Riesling Kabinett, Mosel ($19)
Smooth, ripe and juicy with sweet peach and tangy acidity; elegant, fresh and charming; nervy and crisp.
90 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 DOM Riesling Spätlese, Mosel ($23)
Lush and sweet with creamy style and candied apricot fruit; generous and intense with ripeness and depth.
92 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Scharzhofberg, Mosel ($23)
Creamy and sweet with finesse and lovely peach, lime, hone and white blossoms; pure and elegant with silky texture and a long, rich finish.
92 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Mosel ($30)
Lush, rich and juicy with tangy acidity and sweet peach fruit; elegant, deep and juicy with a long finish and lots of aging potential,.
91 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Ayler Kupp, Mosel ($23)
Racy and juicy with peach, pear and tangy acidity; minerally and quite lovely.
91 Bischofliche Weingüter 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Ayler Kupp, Mosel ($29)
Bright and juicy with notes of peach, pineapple and minerality; sweet, tangy and pure with lovely acidity; long and balanced with lots of nerve.
90 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2011 Riesling Qualitätswein Off Dry, Schiefer, Mosel ($17)
Bright and juicy with tangy acidity and snappy peach and apple fruit; fresh, racy and bursting with fruit and tart acidity; long and charming.
91 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel ($23)
Smooth, sweet and showing lovely minerality; ripe, peach and citrus; long and lush.
88 Carl Graff 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel ($16)
Edgy and smooth with simple flavors and clean, fresh style; minerally and long.
88 Weingut Johannishof 2011 Charta Riesling, Rheingau ($20)
Steely and dry with racy acidity and mineral complexity; intense citrus and juicy acidity; pure, long and lemony.
87 Weingut Liebfrauenstift 2011 Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen ($15)
Minerally and fresh with juicy acidity, crisp structure and a long, dry finish; balanced and charming.
88 Markus Molitor 2011 Riesling QbA, Haus Klosterberg, Mosel ($18)
Creamy texture with lush, sweet peach and apricot; ripe and juicy with lovely acidity and great depth; very pretty, with lovely flavors and a long finish.
88 Prinz zu Salm 2011 Two Princes Riesling, Qualitätswein, Nahe ($11)
Smooth and lush with clean peach fruit and lush texture; juicy and bright with balance, style and lots of charm.
90 Joh. Jos. Prüm 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Mosel ($20)
Juicy with minerals, spice and tangy acidity; slightly spritzy with bright peach and nervy flavors; long, clean and balanced.
88 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 2010 Riesling Josephshöfer Trocken, Mosel ($22)
Dry and minerally with mature fruit and stony notes; long and deep.
90 Schloss Saarstein 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Serrig Schloss Saarsteiner, Mosel ($14)
Lush and generous with bright, smooth peach and juicy fruit; sweet and silky with depth and style.
89 Schmitt Soehne 2011 Riesling, Private Collection QbA (Medium-Dry), Mosel ($14)
Lovely spice and sweetness; creamy, rich and showing lovely peach fruit; juicy and long.
90 Schmitt Soehne 2011 Thomas Schmitt Private Collection Riesling Spätlese, Mosel ($16)
Smooth and lush, delicate and sweet with juicy acidity and mellow style; apricot, peach and lovely citrus.
92 Schmitt Soehne 2011Thomas Schmitt Private Collection Riesling Kabinett, Mosel ($15)
Juicy, elegant and sweet with racy, nervy acidity; fresh and bright with tangy peach and citrus fruit; lovely.
85 Valckenberg 2011 Undone Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen ($9)
Clean, smooth and bland with decent fruit and some tangy acidity; simple and balanced.