2011 Weingut Leitz, Riesling “Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz” Spatlese, Rheingau Germany.
One of the best deals in Riesling, the Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese is a lovely wine that shows purity of fruit, lushness and balanced acidity and mouth watering charms. The nose is fruity and has mineral and floral essences that leads to a refreshing palate of candied lemon, yellow peach, apricot and sweet lime that turns tangy as the wine gathers itself and shows the flinty spices to count weight the sweetness making for a nicely balanced Riesling that gives lots of pleasure and keeps you coming back for more. Hints of wet stone and saline go well with the dried pineapple and honeyed citrus notes that highlight this well crafted wines focus and drive. This is classic Rheingau in the bottle and will gain with a few years in the cellar, but certainly there is no reason to hold back drinking this beauty and it goes great with a wide range of foods from smoked meats to exotic Asian dishes that play well with the slightly sweet character and where the Riesling comes handy. This is great stuff that is a steal at the price and while it may prove hard to find, it is a wine that offers a pleasant reward for those that happen across it.
($28 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive (Tasted three times)