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Riesling’s Global Reach

In the world of wine, there are few grapes as misunderstood as our dear, beloved Riesling. Simply put, the confusion centers around the grape’s flavor profile. This aromatic grape has a lot to say. On the nose and palate, it is filled with ripe stone fruit and floral undertones. But these “fruity” notes can be deceptive. Even the driest of Rieslings-Rieslings that have been vinified so that they have little remaining, or residual, sugar left in them-can smell and taste fruity. Such is the natural quality of the grape. These wines are not sweet (they contain some sugar), but because of their ethereal, fruity noses and palates, they are often mistaken for supple, sugared dessert wines. If you consider dryness in wine on a sliding scale, Riesling can range from bone-dry on one end to sweet on the other-with room in between for wines that are off-dry, which don’t distinctly fall into either category. When Riesling was first sold here in the United States, it commanded a much higher price than some of today’s coveted First Growths of Bordeaux. Today, that climate has changed, but that’s not to say that the grape has not reached an apex, both here and abroad. For a comprehensive look at this grape’s march across time, take a look at Stuart Pigott’s Best White Wine on Earth, a clever walk through the lives of the growers around the world who are dedicated to this complex variety. Let’s not forget that Riesling, fruitiness aside, is filled with acid, making it compatible with all kinds of foods and able to stand up to a long time in the cellar. Vibrant acidity is Riesling’s calling card, whether it’s hailing from Australia’s Clare Valley, New York’s Finger Lakes, Germany’s Mosel, or Austria’s Kamptal. And yes, these wines are often dry, though they can sometimes dazzle in different capacities. Off-dry beauties aren’t exactly sweet, but retain a bit of residual sugar for balance, parlaying into ripe and full in style when made into dessert wines meant to accompany the finest cheeses. No matter the version you prefer, don’t cast Riesling aside as a one-trick pony. She has many, many tricks up her sleeves.

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Riesling "Falkensteiner Lagen," Dürnberg - 2013

White | Austria, Weinviertel | (750 )mL
Located in the traditional wine village of Falkenstein, Christoph Körner produces elegant and fresh wines from vineyards planted on limestone and loam soils. This Riesling is packed with white peaches, yellow plums, white spices, and racy minerality.

Item #31139
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Nine Hats Riesling - 2013

White | USA, Washington, Walla Walla | (750 )mL
A classic Riesling tempered with stones and citrus acidity, yet showing its New-World roots in its exuberant expression. Fresh, pretty and easy to drink, this charmer is great for sipping on its own or with a dinner of halibut with a mango salsa.

Item #27151
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Riesling Grand Cru "Frankstein," Manbach - 2012

White | France, Alsace | (750 )mL
An Alsatian Grand Cru vineyard Riesling with meat on its bones. A pretty nose, sapid with peach blossom, gives way to an unctuous palate. This is a dry white wine, complex in its texture.

Item #27691
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Yalumba Y Series Riesling - 2013

White | Australia, South Australia | (750 )mL
If you’re in the mood for a drier style of Riesling that’s not from the motherland Germany, this warm-climate Riesling is for you. Dry on the palate, it boasts ripe peach and yellow-apple flavors with a mouth-filling texture.

Item #24448
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Riesling Feinherb, Müller-Catoir - 2013

White | Germany, Pfalz | (750 )mL
An 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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Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes - 2013

White | USA, New York, Finger Lakes | (750 )mL
Riesling does very well in the Finger Lakes, and this one is no exception. A beautiful nose of honey and peaches is followed by pear, lemon and minerality on the palate. The fruit and acidity are in perfect balance, and the finish is silky-smooth.

Item #63123
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RS 16 Riesling, Mac Forbes - 2013

White | Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley | (750 )mL
A tighly-focused nose with lime mineral edge gives way to a musky, harmonious, and joyful finish. This very cool, dry Riesling comes from Strathbogie Ranges in the Yarra Valley, a 600 meter elevation with large fluctuations in temperature. All this is great for a structured Riesling, classic in most every sense. A great pairing for spicy fare, Mexican, or Southeast Asian cuisines.

Item #29694
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Riesling "Hollerin" Smaragd, Alzinger - 2013

White | Austria, Wachau | (750 )mL
Alzinger is one of the top producers in the Wachau, making pure and focused Rieslings. The Loibenberg bottling is packed with mineral, with notes of honeysuckle that evoke the first days of spring.

Item #19724
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Left Foot Charley Riesling, Michigan - 2012

White | USA, Michigan | (750 )mL
A bright, fresh, and fruity style of Riesling from Lelenau, Michigan. Great acid structure with white spices to finish. This wine makes a good companion for salads, seafood, and/or shellfish.

Item #29470
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    $239.88 $215.89
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Pearl Morissette, Black Ball Riesling - 2011

White | Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula | (750 )mL
Quite a bottle of Riesling, with plenty of floral fruit, peach, and lime aromas. Unoaked and dry on the palate and a bottle that will please anyone. Reminiscent of an Alsatian-styled dry white wine in texture but unique all on its own.

Item #30136
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