Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling Dragonstone Rüdesheimer Drachenstein 2009
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.
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
External Reviews for Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling Dragonstone Rüdesheimer Drachenstein
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.
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.
"Dragonstone" refers to a dinosaur print facing south of the vineyard located high in the Rhine. Pineapple, pear, and cold cut apple nose... just wait till this hits your mouth. Nice tinge of acidity as pear follows along with a honeyed, citrus sweetness that'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 - it's that flexible. If you could take the delight of fresh clean clothing and imagine your mouth having the same appeal after a sip... you should just try this and take my word, it's a stellar deal.
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.
Bright and refreshing , this light-bodied white shows grapefruit, apple and spice flavors. The vibrant structure drives the long finish. Drink now through 2015.
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.
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.