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Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2010

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

The latest installment of a proverbial hit, Leitzrsquo;s 2007 Rudesheimer Drachenstein Reisling Dragonstone continues (as its full name demonstrates) to come from a single vineyard, one from which by now Leitz takes a significant percentage of the crop. There has never been a better example of the electric intensity and uncanny balance Leitz is able to achieve in this site between taut, invigorating acidity and a high level of residual sugar that comes off as barely sweet. Zesty lime, peach, pink grapefruit, and red currant ally themselves to cinnamon spice, salts, and wet stones, and finish with simultaneous penetration and delicacy. Enjoy this great value anytime over the next 3ndash;4 years.

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External Reviews for Leitz Dragonstone Riesling

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The latest installment of a proverbial hit, Leitzrsquo;s 2007 Rudesheimer Drachenstein Reisling Dragonstone continues (as its full name demonstrates) to come from a single vineyard, one from which by now Leitz takes a significant percentage of the crop. There has never been a better example of the electric intensity and uncanny balance Leitz is able to achieve in this site between taut, invigorating acidity and a high level of residual sugar that comes off as barely sweet. Zesty lime, peach, pink grapefruit, and red currant ally themselves to cinnamon spice, salts, and wet stones, and finish with simultaneous penetration and delicacy. Enjoy this great value anytime over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Bright and refreshing , this light-bodied white shows grapefruit, apple and spice flavors. The vibrant structure drives the long finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

ldquo;Dragonstonerdquo; refers to a dinosaur print facing south of the vineyard located high in the Rhine. Pineapple, pear, and cold cut apple nosehellip; just wait till this hits your mouth. Nice tinge of acidity as pear follows along with a honeyed, citrus sweetness thatrsquo;s tight, there one moment and gone the next as the flavor lingers, crisps up and leaves you wanting more. Lovely with a fresh lightly vinegared salad, fresh chilled fruit, Asian cuisine or a light seafood dish. Can go with food, but also works as an aperitif or for sipping after a meal with a sorbet mdash; itrsquo;s that flexible. If you could take the delight of fresh clean clothing and imagine your mouth having the same appeal after a siphellip; you should just try this and take my word, itrsquo;s a stellar deal.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The aroma of this wine is taut and austere with grapefruit pith and almond, yet this bursts with sweetly ripe peach and orange flavors. ldquo;Dragonstonerdquo; refers to the vineyard Ruuml;desheimer Drachenstein.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This yearrsquo;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 mdash; now at 8,000 case production mdash; once again represents a terrific value.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2008 Riesling Dragonstone is the latest in Leitzrsquo;s 11-year series of excellent value residually sweet bottlings from Rudesheimrsquo;s Drachenstein vineyard (which extends north of the great -Berg vineyards, from the edge of the town all the way out to eastern edge of the Kaisersteinfels). Dragonstone has seldom displayed more vivacity or sheer juiciness mdash; here in the form of lime and grapefruit mdash; nor has it had more tartness (here suggesting crabapple) or herbal pungency. The result is a bit of disharmony, in part noticeable due to the winersquo;s sheer energy. ldquo;Yes, therersquo;s a fight between sweetness and acid,rdquo; Leitz acknowledges, ldquo;but thatrsquo;s the tension I want.rdquo; To my palate, after six months in the bottle, this seemed to have begun knitting itself. Although it is made to be mdash; and Irsquo;m sure is almost entirely mdash; drunk up within a year or two, if you follow it for a half dozen years (perhaps longer, we have to wait and see) it remains a joy and takes interesting turns.


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