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Full-bodied and tangy for a Riesling! It's got punch. Love it. Read more
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... Read more
This rating is for the 2010. It was absolutely brilliant thick and honeyed but with medium residual sugars absolutely delicious Read more
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Full-bodied and tangy for a Riesling! It's got punch. Love it.
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!
This rating is for the 2010. It was absolutely brilliant thick and honeyed but with medium residual sugars absolutely delicious
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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.
The aroma of this wine is taut and austere with grapefruit pith and almond, yet this bursts with sweetly ripe peach and orange flavors. "Dragonstone" refers to the vineyard Rüdesheimer Drachenstein.
This Riesling is chiseled just right with minerals, mint leaf, and peaches on the palate. Tangy and just delightfully fresh.
The 2008 Riesling Dragonstone is the latest in Leitz's 11-year series of excellent value residually sweet bottlings from Rudesheim'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 - here in the form of lime and grapefruit - 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 wine's sheer energy. "Yes, there's a fight between sweetness and acid," Leitz acknowledges, "but that's the tension I want." To my palate, after six months in the bottle, this seemed to have begun knitting itself. Although it is made to be - and I'm sure is almost entirely - 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.
There'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.
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.
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.
Smells of cherry cider laced with orange peel and mulling spices. The palate impression 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.
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