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 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.
Named for its source, the Rudesheimer Drachenstein, Leitz'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.
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.
The latest installment of a proverbial hit, Leitz'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 3-4 years.
"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.
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.
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