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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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Wachenheimer Goldbächel Riesling 1er Cru, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - 1998

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
A complex and lively Riesling that is stepping into its own now. A blend of earthy and lingering peach notes well-backed with acidity. This is a great find for fans of older Riesling.

Item #29498
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    $62.99
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Half-Bottle of Meddersheimer Altenberg Riesling Eiswein, Hexamer - 2012

White | Germany, Nahe | (375 )mL
The Hexamer estate is one of our favorites from the Nahe region. This is evolving marvelously thanks to the brilliant acidity of Riesling. Full of stone-fruits and minerals on the palate.

Item #19189
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    $81.99
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Eitelsbacher Riesling Kabinett, Karthäuserhof - 2012

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Ruwer | (750 )mL
Full of green apple and limes on the palate, this is a dry, lithe, delicate Kabinett that is beautifully fresh today. A real contender for the cellar, owing to the fine climate conditions of the vintage.

Item #11061
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    $34.99
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Lorcher Riesling "Schlossberg", Eva Fricke - 2012

White | Germany, Rheingau | (750 )mL
Fuller-bodied, harmonious, and kissed with classic sweetness. Apricots, lemongrass, and minerals swim in a wine laced with ripe tangerine acidity. A keeper for the cellar.

Item #29287
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    $62.99
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    $755.88 $680.29
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Riesling "Im Sonnenschein' GG, Rebholz - 2011

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
The Riesling of the Rebholz winery are fine and uncompromising. This young white wine displays a complex mixture of oyster shells and minerals across a firm palate. Tart, with loads of appealing substance. The texture is fleshy with finesse. An exceptional and honest wine.

Item #29491
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    $94.99
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    $569.94 $512.95
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Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, J.J. Prüm - 2012

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | (1.5 )L
Prüm's Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard are the most illustrious and iconic of his portfolio. Off-dry and expressive palate, this is a stylish wine for the serious Riesling collector.

Item #26182
  • Single Bottle:
    $119.99
  • Case of 6:
    $719.94


Riesling, A. Christmann - 2011

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
One of the top estates of the Pfalz and for good reason. The Christmann winery takes no short cuts - hand harvesting, strict yield controls and ideal vineyard sites. This is a dry Riesling with palpable acidity, orange blossoms and peach fruit.

Item #14367
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Riesling Extra Brut "Jour Fixe", Immich-Batterieberg - 2008

White | Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | (750 )mL
Bone-dry sparkling with stony minerality and white fruits, followed by a sharp finish. Fine and creamy bubbles are present in a glass. Versatile wine to pair with food, from patés to tripe soup.

Item #30758
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Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling Spätlese, Robert Weil - 2009

White | Germany, Rheingau | (750 )mL
The soils are rich in iron and show on the palate with white spices alongside honey and peach fruits. Driven by concentrated fruit and lithe elegance.

Item #18908
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