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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  • Ottes Lorcher Krone Riesling Spätlese 2013

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    sweet, honeyed wine, with nose of radish herbs Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ottes Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2013

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    sweet, with honey apple notes and a herby nose Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ottes Rheingau Riesling Classic Feinherb 2014

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    some oyster notes on palate... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Doosberg Oestrich Riesling Auslese 2015

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    rich syrupy nose. very sweet with sweet apple and mangoes. may pair well with pancakes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Hasensprung Winkel Riesling Spätlese 2015

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    closed nose, palate of sweet apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Winkel Riesling Kabinett 2014

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    closed nose, palate of green apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Oestricher Klosterberg Alte-Reben 2015

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    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Mittelheimer Edelmann Trocken 2015

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    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Well you did good to try it a little later. All the GGs are picked at Spatlese ... they're trying to model Riesling on French wine and that doesn't make sense to me. The French DREAM of making wine like German Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pulling the Wrong Bottle


  • Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese 2012

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    Classic Riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant green apple, green melon and warm peach fruit and sweetly floral aromas. This is richly off dry in the mouth with loads of tingling acidity perfectly balancing out the sweetness, fruit flavors of light lime zest, green apple, pineapple and a soft vanilla and tangerine note lingering after the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Some more Riesling words and wines if you like: http://www.winewriting.com/2012/06/australia-riesling.html http://www.winewriting.com/2012/04/austria-weingut-sepp-moser.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/02/darting-estate-riesling-vs-rhone.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/11/germany-reichsrat-von-buhl-grand-cru.html http://www.winewriting...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


  • anyone ever try Chateau Ste. Michelle's harvest select reisling

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • This Sunday at the Amsterdam Market in NYC: 30 New York wineries showcase their wines: http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/index_november/12.05_market.html. Nice opportunity to taste some good NY Riesling.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • I am trying to locate, KRUCK, Riesling 2008

    Comment by 463822Delland 463822 Delland


  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, if you happen to live in the NYC area, here is a walk for you: http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/2010/07/08/summer-of-riesling-wine-bar-crawl/ Best, Der Kellermeister

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Try www.wine-searcher.com

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Where can I find a Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling in the Sacramento area?

    Comment by 215948holliwouldnt 215948 holliwouldnt


  • Westhofener Kirchspiel Auslese Riesling (www.winesforhumanity.com) from Germany. The bouquet of this full-bodied and at the same time graceful. Riesling is characterised by gooseberries and currants, underscored by a distinctive minerality and earthy notes. A selection with a lot of structure and volume. The delicate sweetness and the stable ...

    Comment by 261764mmgalilei 261764 mmgalilei


  • I live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where some of the best rieslings in the world are made, yet I don't see a single NYS riesling in your list.

    Comment by 388545notgibson 388545 notgibson


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