I had to begin this list with German Rieslings, undoubtedly the greatest concentration of stunning Rieslings produced anywhere on earth. In order to maintain some intellectual honesty, I had to go with Helmut Donnhoff as my first producer since his wines are the most common Rieslings in my cellar.
It’s tough to describe the styles of many of these producers since they produce a broad spectrum of wines from fiercely bone dry to incredibly and opulently sweet. Donnhoff’s wines tend to be in a richer style, epitomizing the peachy fruitiness of wines from the Nahe. This is a warmer region for Riesling, so that richness of fruit may come at the expense of ageability. These should be considered mid-term agers.
Three wines that I tend to buy with some regularity:
Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe Germany $30
Weingut Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese $60
Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese $50