Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Top Rieslings

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Alexana Riesling Willamette Valley Revana Vineyard (2011)
Comments: Intense and perfumed on the nose, with lime fruit framed by gardenia like floral notes; a suggestion of sweet vanilla and orange cream. Intense with super vibrant acids supporting really pretty ripe peach, lemon and green apple fruit that has a faintly candied edge. There's a little sugar here, but the intense acidity deftly whacks it to the ground and kicks it while it's down. The finish is all blazing citrus fruit riding a lightning bolt across a dry stony riverbed before smashing into a fruit basket filled with pears, apricots and tangerines topped with a hint of sweet spearmint. Maybe not the most complex Riesling out there but certainly one of the most fun. Shazaam! 93pts
Average price: $27.49 from 8 stores
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2 Jim Barry the Lodge Hill Dry Riesling (2010)
Comments: Tight and earthy on the nose, with early notes of lilacs followed by minty top notes over guava and melon aromas. This is powerful yet at the same time remains subtle. Flows across the palate; elegant and pure with lovely racy citrus flavors that hint of tropical fruits. The acidity is very strong yet superbly integrated within the rich fruit and yet this remains medium bodied in the mouth. You get a sense of dry extract and power here, but the wine never loses its poise, delivering melon, apple and papaya flavors on the long finish that ends with a salty twang of minerality and lip smacking acids. This is quite young, with excellent potential. 92pts
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3 Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling Eden Valley (2012)
Comments: Quite perfumed on the nose, with aromas of apple blossoms, dry tree bark, quince and limes. While painfully young, this shows great cut in the mouth with a nice edge of richness, though it remains medium to light bodied. There's a lovely rush of sour apple, lime and raw quince flavors on the palate, with gentle floral accents and a hint of spice emerging on the back end. This finishes with exceptional length and brightness, and a faint hint of bitterness that serves as contrast to the deep fruit. A lot of depth here and excellent potential for development. This rocks. 92pts
Average price: $16.99 from 6 stores
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4 Dr. Fischer Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein (2010)
Comments: This is lovely on the nose, deep and focused, drawing you into the glass with faintly dusty slate and spice aromas framing the core of melon rind and lemon pith fruit. This is just so tense on the palate, with vibrant acids just covered by a veneer of sweetness. The fruit is ripe and fresh, citrusy with green apple peel accents, but it competes with the strong mineral quality here which scrapes slate across the tongue and onto the long, sweet apple and faintly apricot-tinged yet mineral-dominated finish. This is exciting in the mouth. 91pts
Average price: $17.79 from 11 stores
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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
Average price: $11.99 from 9 stores
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6 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr (2010)
Comments: Intense on the nose, a bit earthy but full of spicy orchard fruits and baked citrus notes with a touch of cranberry. Enters the mouth on the sweet side, but at the same time with fabulous acids so there's that classic sweet/tart thing going on that I love in Riesling. The flavors are a bit spicy and run the gamut from apricot to golden raspberry, with hints of green apple and orange in between. Decidedly fruity, this has a rather classic Spatlese feel to it and a lovely finish, bright, juicy and faintly chalky. Not a sophisticated wine that I would cellar for long, but it is a heck of a Riesling fruit bomb. 90pts
Average price: $36.99 from 1 store
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7 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett (2010)
Comments: This is rather pretty, showing off plenty of white floral notes along with dried lemon rind and pretty, slightly exotic fruit aromas that recall mangosteens and almost hint at lychees. Just a touch diffuse in the mouth, but does show classic sweet/tart fruit. The flavors are bright with notes of baked green apple lurking under beautiful lime flavors that are thoroughly supported by acidity on the mid-palate and are accented by lovely lemon verbena inner mouth perfumes. This quickly grows on me, showing more bright lime and pineapple on the long finish which sees the sugar fall to playing a supporting role. It's long and very pure; given a bit of time I expect this to tighten up a bit. 89pts
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8 Wittmann Riesling Trocken (2010)
Comments: This shows some evolution on the nose with faint butcher's wax top notes over chamomile, anise flower, and dried citrus fruits with a gummy bear edge. Smooth and supple in the mouth, there’s a lovely spice of supportive acid here holding up dried heirloom apple fruits along with a faint edge of evolution adding anise flower spice notes and a touch of nuttiness to the palate. There's a lovely richness here, not from sugar but from ripeness that lends this some attractive power. The finish is a bit of let down, lean and ungenerous and possibly a sign that one should drink this sooner rather than later, but today this is showing quite well and deserves a nice sole meunière. Air helps the finish here, adding a really lovely and persistent baked apple note. 89pts
Average price: $25.89 from 15 stores
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9 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
Average price: $13.99 from 4 stores
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10 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: $17.99 from 7 stores
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  • 540854JTWinegeek Greg, I too love Riesling, and have been drinking it all my life. It is one of the first wines I look for when perusing BTG on a wine list. I have no problem with any of your selections, I have drank most over the years and love them. The selection does seem a bit narrow, where is Austria and the Finger Lakes??? I can name a number of producers that would fit nicely into this Top 10 (Kracher, Loimer, Red Newt, Hermann Weimer etc), and would be happy to open this dialougue with you. Next time you are in Denver, let's sit down for a glass of Riesling! Jeffrey Wingate CS CSW


  • 256537DSMIW Greetings Greg, Australia gets riesling as you say, we are even seeing more and more competitively priced German and Austrian wines. Australia's best are full and rich with fruit character, good length... and they are almost always bone dry. Most people drink them young but many will age happily for ten years or perhaps more. The best areas are generally the Clare Valley and the Eden Valley in South Australia. The Clare wines are cleaner and edgier than those from the Eden Valley which are softer and creamier; generally lower altitude. Margaret River in Western Australia and Hilltops/Orange in New South Wales are trying hard to catch up. 2012 is a great vintage for riesling from the Clare. Jim Barry produces three rieslings, the Watervale (a sub-region within the Clare) here at AU$13, the Lodge Hill at AU$18 and the Florita at AU$35. The 2012 Watervale is my go to wine for lazy summer Sundays. The Florita comes into its own once it has had eight years in the bottle. Other recommended Clare riesling makers are Groset especially their Polish Hill River (another sub-region), Skillogalee, Paulett and Kilikanoon. Another to mention is Crawford River in Henty, Victoria. These wine makers produce wines that are great young but will age beautifully, much like semillon from the New South Wales Hunter Valley. Regards, Mark


  • 798700lhonor Just did the New York Tasting, (New York drinks NY) and have to agree with JTWINE Geek, NY is coming on with some killer Riesling...just yummy and clean and delightful! Some standouts were from Anthony Road, ( esp. Artist Riesling),,Red Newt,(ESP. Sawmill creek), Sheldrake Point, (their ICE WINE was ridiculous!) ...I also love Craggy Range's Riesling from New Zealand,( super juicy) and from Columbia, WA; Armin Diel's Poet's Leap and every day sipper, Ravenna. Ok, now I'm thirsty!! Come grab Arnold Waldstien and grab the boat to SI and come visit my shop someone fine summer nite!



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