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Top Rated Best Riesling Wines

Aromatic Oregon Riesling – Flynn Vineyards Riesling 2009

Top writer Jancis Robinson calls Germany’s noble Riesling “the greatest white grape in the world.” We were delighted to find you this lively discovery in Oregon, where star winemaker Bryan Croft makes a crisp, dry style. Flynn Vineyards is located in Rickreall, 10 miles from Salem in the renowned Wilamette Valley AVA — and theirs is just the type of estate that’s helping put this far northern region on the fine wine map. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Crisp California Riesling- Drawbridge Riesling 2009

Critics love Riesling — for Jancis Robinson it’s “the world’s finest white grape.” Still rare in California, but a specialty of the Joseph family in Clarksburg — a cool-climate region famed for its drawbridges and now its excellent wines. Legend has it a pack of coyotes sneaks into the Josephs’ Dancing Coyote Vineyards every year … it hasn’t stopped them from making great Riesling. At the dry end of the spectrum, this refreshing gem is full of crisp citrus, pear and green apple. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Five-Star Australian Riesling – Clare Hills Riesling 2009

Move over, Aussie Chardonnay. Germany’s noble Riesling (first planted in Australia in the 19th century) is gaining acclaim as the grape of choice in the country’s finest whites. We head to Clare Valley, THE place for bright, dry Riesling — and Neil Pike is “one of Clare Valley’s unsung heroes, making incredible Rieslings year in and year out,” says Peter Bourne. Not an understatement from the top writer — Pike’s estate received the coveted five-star rating in renowned critic James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion. Light golden yellow, with delicate almond, grassy lime and lemon notes and refreshing minerality. A great pairing with fresh seafood or spicy Asian dishes. 12% Vol. enjoy to 2015. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

New Zealand’s Trophy-Winning Riesling Brightwater Nelson Riesling 2009

New Zealand Riesling is big news right now – critics are raving about the crisp, bright flavors you’ll find here. And if you’ve never tried one before, start with the best. Introducing the winner of the Champion Riesling Trophy at the 2009 Liquorland Top 100, (New Zealand’s most important wine competition). A world-class holiday aperitif: “Taut, off-dry Riesling with strong mineral, floral and lime/citrus flavors. Good intensity. Worth cellaring.” — Bob Campbell, Master of Wine and New Zealand’s top critic. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Refreshing New Zealand Riesling – Split Rock Riesling 2009

Hermann and Agnes Seifried are the pioneers who planted the South Island’s first winery in Nelson, back in 1973. That’s prehistoric in New Zealand wine terms – Marlborough was still a sheep station and Cloudy Bay was, well, just a bay! Today Hermann and his son Chris make some of New Zealand’s most exciting whites. Riesling is their great passion and they’ve got the Decanter World Wine Awards trophies and commendations to prove it. Orchid blossom and peach aromas. Crisp and deeply satisfying, with layers of fruit on the palate. The lovely, lingering finish has just a touch of sweetness. Pair with spicy Asian fare or fresh seafood. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Refreshing New Zealand Riesling – Stonewall Riesling 2010

New Zealand may be famous for its Sauvignon, but it’s no one-trick pony. Want proof? Just ask Dr. John Forrest. The pioneer of Marlborough’s Golden Mile (the best vineyard strip) has mastered the many styles that thrive in the region’s flinty soil. Riesling is John’s passion – and his just scooped Champion Wine of New Zealand at the national awards. John’s Rieslings are increasingly popular, so try this one before it’s too late. Pale lemon in the glass. Enticing nose of green apple and citrus blossom, with notes of apricot. Crisp yet rich on the palate. Zingy lemon, lime and ginger combine with hints of sweet honeysuckle. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Top New Zealand Sauvignon – Stonewall Riesling 2009

New Zealand may be famous for its Sauvignon, but it’s no one-trick pony. Want proof? Just ask Dr. John Forrest. The pioneer of Marlborough’s Golden Mile (the best vineyard strip) has mastered the many styles that thrive in the region’s flinty soil. Riesling is John’s passion – and his just scooped Champion Wine of New Zealand at the national awards. John’s Rieslings are increasingly popular, so try this one before it’s too late. Pale lemon in the glass. Enticing nose of green apple and citrus blossom, with notes of apricot. Crisp yet rich on the palate. Zingy lemon, lime and ginger combine with hints of sweet honeysuckle. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Winemaker of the Year’ Favorite – CS Charles Smith Riesling 2009

Ten years ago Charles Smith was managing rock bands in Scandinavia. Today he’s a wine “genius” who “knows where all the great fruit is hidden in Washington,” says The Wine Advocate. Charles holds the 2009 Food & Wine ‘Winemaker of the Year’ title (a Washington state first) and wins 99-point ratings for his Syrah. So, imagine our surprise when he told us his favorite wine to make is Riesling. You’re in for a treat with this crisp, dry style. Bright pale yellow with subtle green glints. Wet stone, key lime and nectarine notes. Crisp, steely, fruity and dry with a fresh, racy finish. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

‘Classic’ Australian White- Loom Clare Valley Riesling 2009

Australia’s Clare Valley is one of the world’s top sites for Riesling. If you haven’t tried one of these fresh whites, here’s your perfect introduction. Secured for you at a price so fantastic we can’t reveal the cellar’s name (its regular customers would be upset!). Here’s what we can tell you: the estate scooped 5 of 6 trophies at a recent local award show. Wait until you taste the 2009. “Classic stuff for a Clare Valley Riesling. Mineral, nervy citrus, very youthful and crisp — zingy lemons. Good value.” (Decanter) Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Elegant Aussie Riesling- The Yelverton Riesling 2009

Top writer Jancis Robinson calls Germany’s noble Riesling “the greatest white grape in the world.” In Australia, it makes powerfully crisp, citrusy wines, like this Reserve from Margaret River — THE place to go for elegant, age-worthy whites. It was secured for you as the result of a remarkable deal with the region’s top estate, whose identity we agreed not to reveal (directly) as their wines are never usually this affordable. But, we can tell you you’re in for a real treat — look forward to zesty orange blossom and lime flavors, with subtle mineral notes and crisp, pleasing acidity. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

The World’s ‘Finest’ White at Under $11- Split Rock Riesling 2010

It’s ‘the finest white grape in the world.” (Jancis Robinson) Direct from New Zealand’s trophy-winning specialists and under $11 a bottle. The grape is Riesling. Long loved by critics and fast-gaining popularity across the U.S. The specialists? Hermann and Agnes Seifried, who built the South Island’s first winery, in Nelson, in 1973. A passionate family affair Today, Hermann and son Chris make some of New Zealand’s most exciting Rieslings. And win golds and trophies at home and abroad (including the prestigious Riesling Trophy at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards). Split Rock is a lovely off-dry take, meaning it has just a touch of sweetness. Explosive aromas of lime, orange and spice reveal waves of intense citrus and apricot. An uplifting spring apéritif, and famously good with Asian cuisine or fresh seafood. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

Hand-crafted Alsatian elegance- Domaine Scharsch Altenberg Grand Cru Riesling France 2004

The wines of Alsace are renowned worldwide for their excellent quality, personality and distinctive slim bottles. Of the three appellations in this region of Eastern France, Alsace Grand Cru is the highest and most well-respected for the extreme precision of grape selection and unique terroir. From the independent winemaking family estate, Joseph Scharsch has crafted this elegant Altenberg de Wolxheim Grand Cru Riesling brimming with fine mineral notes and citrus fruit aromas. It’s a full-bodied masterpiece from a wonderful, meticulous craftsman. Special Price laithwaiteswine.com

 

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