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Riesling Romance: Germany’s Brightest Bulbs

When it comes to German Riesling, one misconception abounds: sugar, sugar everywhere. Not all Riesling is sweet, though, and even the ones that do have a little bit of sugar on the palate are balanced by the best and brightest acidity, making these wines compatible with every imaginable summer cuisine. All Rieslings are fruity, regardless of where they are grown, but what separates a sweet Riesling from a dry Riesling is how much actual sugar remains in the final product. These wines—still and sparkling—run the gamut from bone dry to dessert in style, but the common trait they share is their clean and remarkable acidity, making them easy to drink and not at all cloying. We know you’ll fall in love with these superstars as much as we have—and to help you along with this journey, we suggest a look at Stuart Pigott’s new book, Best White Wine on Earth, which explains the nuance of this complex grape. Pigott’s book covers not only German Rieslings, but also Rieslings from all over the world, including the ones from our very own neighborhood, the Finger Lakes (check it out here: http://www.astorwines.com/SearchResultsSingle.aspx?search=30999&searchtype=Contains&term=pigott&p=4). We have curated a list of some remarkable German Rieslings from small, artisanal producers with great pedigree, including some from one of our personal favorites, A. Christmann, a Pfalz-based winery specializing in in their dry Rieslings. A. Christmann is a personal favorite of our wine buyer, as she worked for them for three months during the 2000 harvest and she—and we—are excited to bring this producer (and many others) to your attention.

 
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Stock & Stein Riesling Trocken, Jakob-Kühn - 2012

White | Germany, Rheingau | (750 )mL
Stock & Stein translates to “the vine and the stone”, two things that are essential for producing great wine. This classic Riesling is bone dry with searing acidity, showing a tantalizing aromatic nose of winter citrus, just-picked peach, and a hint of bouquet garni.

Item #25932
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    $16.96 $13.96
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    $203.52 $150.77
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Riesling Feinherb, Müller-Catoir - 2013

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
A off-dry, delicious Riesling from the Pfalz of Germany. This estate has gone through a makeover of sorts with the new winemaker. The results have been nothing but great. Give this bottle a try if you're looking to see what's new at Müller-Catoir.

Item #19185
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    $26.96 $21.96
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    $323.52 $237.17
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Riesling Feinherb, Später-Veit - 2012

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittel-Mosel | 1L
An entry-level best value from one of the top estates in the Mosel. A giving riesling with waxy, fleshy notes and a slight spritz. Feinherb is an unregulated designation and usually slightly sweeter than halbtrocken.

Item #25815
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    $14.96
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Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster - 2011

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittel-Mosel | (750 )mL
This is a fine example from the great Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyard, known for its distinctive racy minerality and complex fruit flavors.

Item #42774
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    $24.96
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    $299.52 $269.57
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Schlossböckelheim Felsen Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff - 2011

White | Germany, Nahe | (750 )mL
Floral and exotic, this is a perfumed, dry Riesling, evoking late-summer smoke and finishing with swathes of white pepper.

Item #29722
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    $44.96
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    $539.52 $485.57
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Riesling, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - 2012

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
A light-hearted Riesling. Lush, dry and fruit driven with spring blossoms and early apricots, a steely backbone strikes a firm chord through this delightful white. Citrus lobster and asparagus would make a great pairing, easy with orange chicken salad as well.

Item #26569
  • Single Bottle:
    $17.99
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    $215.88 $194.29
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Riesling, Eva Fricke - 2013

White | Germany, Rheingau | (750 )mL
Lovely and lush, with vibrating apricot and peach acidity, this Riesling delights with the density of orchard fruit. A winner, especially next to grilled sausages, salads, and tuna tartare.

Item #29179
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    $19.99
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    $239.88 $215.89
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Idig Riesling Trocken, A. Christmann - 2010

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
Christmann's top vines of the Idig vineyard are among their best -- they're located in the village of Konigsbacher. A Dry Riesling with aromas of passion fruit and peaches. A Riesling with a touch of the exotic and minerals to give backbone. In the league of age-worthy Riesling.

Item #12718
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    $54.99
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    $659.88 $593.89
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Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese, Gunderloch - 1997

White | Germany, Rheinhessen | (750 )mL
Gunderloch keeps yields extremely low to ensure maximum concentration in the wines. The estate practices reductive winemaking for a richer style of Riesling. The '97 is lively and beginning to show stunning secondary fruit.

Item #20695
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    $76.99
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    $923.88 $831.49
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Enkircher Batterieberg Riesling, Immich-Batterieberg - 2011

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittel-Mosel | (750 )mL
A tangy, dry example of a plump riesling. Notes of eucalyptus come across the palate dominated by apricot peel and mountain flowers, opening to hints of quince. Blue slate is unmistakable.

Item #25816
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    $51.99
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    $623.88 $561.49
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