Riesling

Name of varietal: Riesling

Common synonyms: Rhineriesling, Johannisberger, Gentile Aromatique, Hochheimer, Rizling, Rheinriesling, Rieslinger, Reynai, White Riesling
 
Parentage of the grape: likely indigenous to Germany
 
History of the grape: As with many varietals, exact details of Riesling’s origins are unclear. It is known that in 14th century Germany, attention shifted to white grape cultivation when it was obvious that red grapes weren’t up to snuff compared to those with more color and structure from neighboring countries. The first written mention of Riesling is dated March 13, 1435 when Count Katzenelnbogen at Russelsheim bought six vines of Riesling from Klaus Kleinfish for 22 soldi. From this point, there is written evidence throughout the 15th century of various sales and plantings around Germany as well as Austria and Alsace. The meticulous German artist Hieronymus Bosch makes a mention of it in his book on herbs, published in 1577, using the modern spelling Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Mt Beautiful Riesling North Canterbury 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Varietally correct petrol and light peach aromas. In the mouth this is smooth, delicate and harmonious, with a touch of sweet spice leading the way alongside peach and melon notes and giving way to a pink grapefruit mid palate and more melon and lemon on the finish. Airy, fruity and approachable. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Weinhaus Gebrüder Steffen Trittenheimer Riesling Qualitätswein 2016

    Snoothrank:

    fruity and sweet Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Brooks Riesling Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Lightly savory aromas with light lemon fruit and a mineral edge. Presents a smooth and elegant off-dry palate of sweet spice and tangerine notes, a burst of acidity through the full bodied mid palate that leaves a tingling sensation behind with melon and papaya notes and a creamy memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brooks Riesling Willamette Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Plush and plump apricot and green apple aromas with floral hints and gentle oily Riesling aromatics. Freshly acidic on the palate, almost surprisingly so on entry with peach pear and mango fruit playing through the mid palate with lemon zest and a candied character towards the slightly nutty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Amour have not tried that one - have had a few from Koonara 2013 solid vintage ... Sam are making some great Riesling under the Clos Clare label - worth a try if you see it your w Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Donnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Gg 2014

    Snoothrank:

    pineapples and summer fruits on nose; structured, and deeply grassy and herby, with honey undertones Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Van Volxem Saar Riesling Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2013

    Snoothrank:

    light, slight sweetness and acid Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • When you spend more than two weeks in a place you soak in a lot about it. Taste ... ... your interests fall to Riesling, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Albariño, or even Grüner Veltliner, there are well-made examples to be had. Upon arriving in New Zealand I attended an Aromatics Symposium. I was duly impressed with numerous wines I sam... Read More

    From the article Aromatic Whites are New Zealand's Secret Star


  • Lamoreaux Landing Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Lemony zest and minerality on the nose, a stony flinty nose with green apple notes. On the palate, ripe apple, pear and peach fruit, a soft mouthfeel, light and fresh, medium low acidity and a touch of sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Lemon and spice on the nose, fresh and inviting. Cool and light in the mouth, this has a juicy citrus bite and a good acidity that balances out the palate leading into a touch of lemon and tangerine on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • want to order 3 cases of 2007 dry riesling reserved

    Comment by 394147joseph f grimley 394147 joseph f grimley


  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, some of you may have read about the Call to Action, an open letter from Mosel winemaker Ulli Stein about the state of the Mosel region (which isn't all that good at the moment - high costs of cultivating the steep slopes force many producers to give up their vineland). In case you haven't read the letter, here is...

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


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  • Hi all! I am mostly interested in German Riesling wines ... from the Mosel River areas ... specifically Spatelese or Auslese. This is a great site! I'm glad to be a part of it ...

    Comment by 197328Necrotic1 197328 Necrotic1


  • Philip, the Mosel Wine Merchant is a Germany-based importer of Mosel wines with a very individual character, which are often quite different from each other (compare the full-bodied, almost baroque Rieslings from Clemens Busch or Knebel with the leaner, more racy Stein or Steinmetz). What all the producers have in common is their natural approac...

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Uwe - that pdf is fantastic. I shared your email into this thread, hope thats ok. Who / what / where is the Mosel Wine Merchant?

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • From the group admin:: Dear Friends of the Good Grape, the Mosel Wine Merchant, an importer of exquisite German Riesling from the Mosel (Steinmetz, Busch, Stein, Knebel etc) just published their new brochure. Apart from stunning pictures of steep Mosel vineyards and intimate producer profiles the brochure contains a read-worthy essay on the hi...

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Morning gents! I'm about to start a thread where we try to come up with the names and URLs of each wine that was there last night. And I want to echo what Eric wrote, I've always known I like reisling, but the 94 Steinmetz was a real treat. Tasting notes on all 30 odd wines to follow

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Eric, I am glad you enjoyed the Steinmetz and Doennhoff. I think it was good to have both a very young and an aged Spaetlese next to each other, just to see how wonderfully this grape can mature in the bottle. I am looking forward to your tasting notes.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • After having dinner last night with all of my fellow snooth members and working through all of those "That" bottles. I have to say that the two Rieslings I had were my favorite wines of the night. I'll post some tasting notes soon. For now, I'll say, I am officially converted.

    Comment by 92549Eric Guido 92549 Eric Guido


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