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Leitz Riesling 'Dragonstone' 2012

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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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Vintage: 2008 07/03/2009

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External Reviews for Leitz Riesling 'Dragonstone'

External Review
Vintage: 2010 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2012

Therersquo;s a fresh, focused purity to the flavors of baked apple, coconut and candied ginger, with lots of minerality on the crisp, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2012

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 6ndash;8 years, though I realize that few wine lovers will have the interest or will power to test this assertion.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2012

Named for its source, the Rudesheimer Drachenstein, Leitzrsquo;s entry-level wine is a perennial favorite. Unfortunately, the price has crept up over the past few vintages to the point that it is no longer the screaming bargain it once was, but it is still a lovely wine, with citrusy, bergamot flavors and riper hints of apple. Long, clean and refreshing on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 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
Vintage: 2010 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
Vintage: 2010 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.


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