Thursday, March 1, 2012

Josef Leitz 2010 Dragonstone Riesling

We became acquainted with this friendly dragon at a recent Riesling tasting at Aficionado. Of the four Rieslings in the tasting flight, two crash landed. One was semi-sweet with no complexity and the other was an overly sweet Lake Erie style Riesling (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

The Leitz Dragonstone Riesling hit just the right note with our band of TWAV tasters. Sax Man was immediately charmed with the wine.

The wine retails for about $20 and has to be one of the top values in German Riesling. This wine is from the Rheingau region which lies along the northern bank of the Rhine River. Eighty-percent of Germany’s is Riesling, most of it coming from small vineyards where the grapes are handpicked.

For me, balance is the key with Riesling. I’m a fan of dry Riesling, but some sweetness is okay as long as it is balanced with acidity. The Dragonstone is balanced indeed with flavor notes of lime and peach. It has a nice round flavor, but stops short of being overly sweet. This is low in alcohol with a mere 9.5%. You get refreshment without regret.

It is a popular wine, so you should pick up a bottle when you see it. This dragon disappears quickly.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 4 of 5
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