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Josef Leitz Riesling Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Dragonstone 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This offers up tons of zesty lime tinged peach fruit on a taut frame with vibrant acidity that gives the wine a lightness that belies it's richness. The finish is decidedly sweet but with a brightness and mineral cut that keeps this refreshing. 89pts

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Editorial Reviews for Josef Leitz Riesling Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Dragonstone

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/08/2009

This offers up tons of zesty lime tinged peach fruit on a taut frame with vibrant acidity that gives the wine a lightness that belies it's richness. The finish is decidedly sweet but with a brightness and mineral cut that keeps this refreshing. 89pts


Member Reviews for Josef Leitz Riesling Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Dragonstone

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Snooth User: sbennafield
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 10/05/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: asheblogs
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/29/2011

Full-bodied and tangy for a Riesling! It's got punch. Love it.


Snooth User: snowgirl
85998223
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/31/2011

Peaches, honeysuckle, summer. This wine smells and tastes great. Riesling that's more on the sweet side but goes down easy with a slightly acidic finish. Great value wine!


Snooth User: mpohlson
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/27/2012

This rating is for the 2010. It was absolutely brilliant thick and honeyed but with medium residual sugars absolutely delicious


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/24/2008

Fantastic wine - very well priced. A mineral nose, with peaches opens. Its got searing acidity, thats well balanced by a little residual sugar. Very well balanced, resulting in a lively wine. Nicely mineral, and emollient with more peaches on an extended finish. Served with a steak salad, but would pair with Quiche, salads, sandwiches / picnics or even spicy Asian foods.


Snooth User: barri0s1872
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/02/2008

Wonderfully light, bright, and smells soft of apples and pears. The sweetness isn't cloying and refreshing


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/27/2009

I really like this wine, and think its one of the best Rieslings under $30. The '08 is already out, but the '07 is still on sale in some places. Peach syrup on the nose, with flavors of candied fruits. Well balanced, nice sugars and a crisp tart finish redolent of limes. Excellent.


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External Reviews for Josef Leitz Riesling Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Dragonstone

External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/02/2008

A Terry Thiese wine. Semi-sweet with aromas and flavors of red apple and pear. Great with spicy food.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/14/2011

Ripe aromas of stone fruits abound with good acidity and a nice finish. Try this as an apéritif or simply to cleanse your palate any time. No matter what the vintage, Leitz always expresses it.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

This year's rendition smells of cherry cider laced with orange peel and mulling spices. The palate is as frisky, bright and dynamic as both the vintage and preceding editions of this wine would lead one to expect. Apple, cherry, lime, and orange all inform a scintillatingly bright, sizzlingly spicy, and unabashedly sweet finish. This little study in fruit saturation and vim and vigor - now at 8,000 case production - once again represents a terrific value.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/27/2011

This contrasts crisp, cool fruit flavors with the earthy, broadly aromatic profile typical of the Rheingau. It's focused and cleanly defined, and as one taster said, "it overdelivers for the category," showing an unusual sophistication for an entry-level wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

An exceptionally aromatic wine with a full flavor and perfect balance. It is easy to see why Johannes Leitz is considered one of the rising stars of the Rheingau.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

A whiff of almond gives way to tangy lime, grapefruit and peach flavors in this rich, yet focused Riesling. Picks up a creamy vanilla note on the finish, which lingers nicely. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/27/2011

After a dozen vintages of what has long since become by far his largest-production wine; and following some very recent property acquisitions, Leitz now controls the better part of the Einzellage Drachenstein, and his 2009 Riesling Dragonstone returns to being entirely from that site as well as exclusively from estate-controlled acreage. At 45 grams of residual sugar, this years rendition is drier than some recent installments and once again displays the remarkable ability of Riesling - especially from certain sites - to simply swallow up any sense of sweetness. Luscious yet tart peach, cherry, and rhubarb are seem suffused with salt, crushed stone, and shrimp shell savor in this bright, invigorating, irresistibly enticing and far from simple Riesling. Hints of inner mouth floral perfume and the piquancy of peach pit add further depth to what has consistently counted as among the worlds most remarkable Riesling values. Thus far, Dragonstone seems to keep well for 6-8 years, though I realize that few wine lovers will have the interest or will power to test this assertion.


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