2011 Weingut Leitz, Riesling “Rudesheimer” Trocken, Rheingau, Germany.
The 2011 vintage Leitz wines all are wonderful examples of terroir and pure Rieslings, especially Johannes Leitz’s beautiful dry Riesling from vines near the hamlet of Rudesheim overlooking the Rhein River. The 2011 Rudesheimer Riesling Trocken is brisk and electric with tangy flavors and citrus zest acidity sizzles behind fresh fruit and mineral essences with lime and orange flowers, grapefruit and green apples while flinty slate rocky notes coat the palate and saline umami makes your mouth water. This good easily be a Gross Gewachs and shows just how great the Rheingau can be for dry wines as well as all levels of sweet styles. Look for this wine, it will be hard to find, but worth the search and very rewarding now and for the next 3 to 5 years in bottle no question.
($22 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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