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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  • Geschwister Simon Riesling Spätlese Ayler Kupp 2007

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    We have had this wine before and enjoyed it much more. I'm not sure if this is a bad vintage or singular bottle. The fruit is sharply green apple in fragrance and flavor but has almost nothing to speak of on the finish. A little tart, but not so dry as to create the "Pucker" effect. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Rudolf Müller Riesling Eiswein 2004

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    A honey flavored ice wine. This wine literally drips from the tongue like poetry dipped in clover honey. It was almost too sweet to be enjoyable. Very good, but in small amounts. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Kendall-Jackson Riesling California Vintner's Reserve 2005

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    A decent Riesling for the price that's widely available. Read More

    Wine review by abbeym


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Barrel Fermented 1992

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    Decent though not my favorite Riesling on the market. Read More

    Wine review by abbeym


  • Barefoot Riesling Premier NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by elysesy


  • Casa Solar Blanco 2007

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    At the first wiff, it reminded me of a riesling. Soft floral, citrus aroma, maybe picked up on some pineapple. On the tongue, it was definately citrus, soft grapefruit though not pineapple. Would probably be good with something creamy. A little acidic, needed some tums after finishing the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Yamhill Valley Reisling 2007

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    This wine displays bright flavors of citrus and grape must. Secondary flavors of slate and petrol contrast this wine's late harvest attitude. Try this wine with turkey schnitzel, red cabbage and schpetzel. The sweetness of the wine complements the savory nature of the fried schnitzel and the salty brine of the cabbage. Other salty and savory dis... Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl


  • Kilikanoon Mort's Block 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by fjsk


  • Kilikanoon Riesling Mort's Block 1998

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    No written review

    Wine review by fjsk


  • Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Reisling NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by jrs123


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