Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 10 Value Rieslings

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Balthasar Ress Riesling Trocken Von Unserm (2010)
Comments: Shy on the nose with lightly stony notes over peach pit and wildflower aromas that have a slight green herb edge. This starts out a bit. tight, acid driven and lean on entry though it gains weight and power in the mouth. The texture really is quite fine showing richness without sweetness on the mid-palate while delivering some lovely walnut inflected orange pith and lime fruit that shows a touch of salty quartz minerality. the finish is all minerals and acid, very refreshing and moderately long. A fairly sophisticated Riesling that should have broad appeal. 89pts
Average price: $19.99 from 14 stores
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2 Nxnw Horse Heaven Hills Riesling Washington (2011)
Comments: Light apricot, raw nut meat, dried flower and peach aromas are balanced and fairly intense. This shows a really fine balance of intensity and complexity in the mouth while remaining fairly dry and medium lightweight. The flavors build on the palate starting off with subtle lime and blood orange flavors that gain hints of minerality and dried apple peel on the mid-palate, before showing more apricot notes while retaining a nice blood orange overlay on the fairly long finish. Not intense but nicely detailed. 89pts
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3 Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Old Mission Peninsula Semi-Dry (2011)
Comments: Well this is a different bird. Smells of petrol and honey with some earthy dried fruit aromas and a strong floral/gardenia top note. A little sweet on entry, but the acid quickly snaps this back to dryness. There's a rich, almost stemmy quality to the fruit here, with more of a treacle than honey flavor on the palate accenting the lime zest and slight white cherry-toned fruit. The finish is savory and fairly long, with a touch of appealing pepperiness. This is pretty dry for "semi-dry," and the acid/sweetness balance is just about where I like it. The relatively unusual flavor profile will keep this from enjoying a wider audience, but I do like the savory complexity here. 88pts
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4 Freie Weingärtner Wachau Domäne Wachau Riesling Durnstein Federspiel Terrassen (2011)
Comments: Very aromatic, with a lovely array of fresh citrus fruit, earthy apples, and floral and spice aromas over a fine base of dusty minerals. This is a touch spicy in the mouth with a white peppery accent to the herb-inflected ripe apple and lime pith fruit. There's also a mineral edge here that adds nice cut to the mid-palate, which gains weight in the mouth turning fairly powerful and rich, if remaining dry. The back end shows a slight licorice note that tops the modest green apple and peach-toned finish. Firm, well balanced and complex, this lacks a little verve in the mouth and shows a touch of heaviness. 87pts
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5 Georg Albrecht Schneider Riesling Spätlese Niersteiner Hipping (2011)
Comments: Deep and ripe on the nose with lovely, lifted wildflower perfumes over hints of currant and apple fruit. Fairly sweet and powerful for a Kabinett, this shows off slight flashes of red fruit along with apricot flavors, all topped with lime and quartzy mineral flavors. Some orange notes show up on the back end and are joined by pithy citrus notes on the fairly long and fairly sweet finish, which shows a touch of that red berry fruit again. For lovers of sweeter wines. 87pts
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6 Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese (2011)
Comments: There's a nice dusty mineral note here along with a pleasing combination of tart citrus fruits, baked apples and a hint of blueberries. This shows some richness on the palate, with sweet flavors of apricot and key lime pie all supported by solid acidity. There is a lot of sugar here, though, so this wine is quite sweet, with attractive green fruit flavors and a fine edge of almost creamy sweet apple flavors that show a nice hint of spice and a pithy grapefruit top note. Lacking a bit of nuance, but still quite attractive. 87pts
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7 Dr. H. Thanisch Estate Riesling Qba (2011)
Comments: A bit sulfury on opening, this shows a touch of papaya on the nose with slightly soapy floral aromas and hint of pine nuts and lemon. Quite dry for a Feinherb with no real sweetness and just the faintest suggestion of added body from the sugar. It's a nice wine, not particularly fruity, with light lime and lemon flavors over fine dried herb and mineral notes that gain a little peachy aromatic tone on the back end and through the long, finely focused and slightly salty, mineral-driven finish. I rather like this; it’s refreshing, more aromatic in the mouth than flavorful, and shows excellent restraint. 87pts
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8 Dr. Fischer Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Qba (2011)
Comments: A bit sulfury on opening, this shows a touch of papaya on the nose with slightly soapy floral aromas and hint of pine nuts and lemon. Quite dry for a Feinherb with no real sweetness and just the faintest suggestion of added body from the sugar. It's a nice wine, not particularly fruity, with light lime and lemon flavors over fine dried herb and mineral notes that gain a little peachy aromatic tone on the back end and through the long, finely focused and slightly salty, mineral-driven finish. I rather like this; it’s refreshing, more aromatic in the mouth than flavorful, and shows excellent restraint. 87pts
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9 Joel Gott Riesling Washington (2011)
Comments: A little sweet on the nose with lovely melon, apple and peach fruit all topped with a squeeze of tangerine and a few honeysuckles. Round and a little lush in the mouth, this has plenty of acid to balance the touch of sugar. There's a touch of bitterness at its core, which adds some detail for me, but may be off putting to some. There's plenty of apple, orange and light green tea flavors here in a simple style that finishes with a nice, almost pineapple/citrus wash, lengthened by the touch of residual sweetness. Really well done in a fruit-forward, popular style. 87pts
Average price: $13.49 from 1 store
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10 Sawtooth Riesling Late Harvest Snake River Valley Idaho (2010)
Comments: A bit earthy and compressed on the nose, with early hints of quince followed by lime pith and almost blueberry aromas. This is sweet, yet fairly light weight, with enough acidity to keep things in balance but not enough to keep the sweet/tart thing going. Like the nose, the palate reminds me a bit of blueberries, with sweet Asian pear and honeyed lime notes gaining prominence on the mid-palate. There's a slight brown sugar note as well, which pops on the finish before being washed over by some nice sweet/tart apple flavors that show good persistence. A fun wine, fruity and easy to drink, if dessert-level sweetness for me. 86pts
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  • 1258674Grandmarie My favorite Riesling is King Ferry Dry Riesling, a German style, very dry, crisp, with plenty of nose and a delightful taste.



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