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Dry Riesling recommendations?

Joltingjoey Feb 17, 2011 12:42 PM

I like riesling, but most are too sweet for my taste. I prefer dry rieslings like Bonny Doon's Pacific Rim. Any other recommendations, either U.S. or imported at a moderate price (under $20).

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    mengathon Feb 17, 2011 02:21 PM

    Try some from Australia:
    Leeuwin Art Series from Margaret River
    Grosset Polish Hill
    The Leeuwin should definitely be no more than $20, while the Grosset might be around $25 or so.

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      wineglas1 Feb 17, 2011 03:05 PM

      How do you drink your wine? If you just swallow it and don't move it around many German Rieslings will appear sweet. If you move it around the Rieslings from the Mosel will be your cup of tea as they are more sour than sweet.

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        RCC Feb 17, 2011 04:52 PM


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          CocoTO Feb 21, 2011 09:38 AM

          +1 on the Niagara rieslings, if you can find them where you are. Niagara's are known for being dry or off-dry and generally very well priced.

        2. PolarBear Feb 18, 2011 05:41 AM

          Clairborne & Churchill Dry Riesling from the Edna Valley @ $15

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            Brad Ballinger Feb 18, 2011 06:54 AM

            Trimbach Riesling (Alsace)
            Smith Madrone Dry Riesling (Spring Mountain, Califormia)

            1. invinotheresverde Feb 18, 2011 06:54 AM

              Helfrich "Steinklotz" Riesling is pretty bad ass juice for the price. I think I paid about 20 bucks each after 6pk discount. It's minerally, with lots of apricot and tangerine and a hint of petrol, and perfectly dry. My 05s are drinking pretty well right now, but definitely have more life left in them.

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                tito Feb 19, 2011 07:05 AM

                If you can find it...Ravines Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes is awesome!

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                  Joltingjoey Feb 20, 2011 05:28 AM

                  Thanks for the recs so far. The only name I recognize is the Trimbach, which is readily available in Rhode Island, where I live. The NY suggestions surprise me--I guess I have an outdated notion of Finger Lakes wines being sickly sweet.

                  wingglas1's suggestion is intriguing. I've noticed that some of the rieslings I've tried can be very elusive on the palate. For example, I enjoy Clean Slate, a low-priced Mosel. Sometimes it seems sweet, while othertimes, it's just right., probably depending on what foods I'm eating it with. Anyway, I look forward to hunting down these labels.

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                    invinotheresverde Feb 20, 2011 06:49 AM

                    Pretty sure you can get the Helfrich at the Attleboro Yankee Spirits. I bought mine at the Sturbridge store a few years ago.

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                Jeri L Feb 20, 2011 07:58 PM

                Clean Slate is good.


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                  HoosierFoodie Feb 21, 2011 05:36 PM

                  Kung -Fu Girl, Pierre Sparr, Dr. L (Loosen), Hugel, .....

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                    eber85 Mar 8, 2011 01:53 PM

                    +1 on the Kung Fu Girl, that wine turned me around on Reislings. And a great value

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                    Ringo Gato Feb 21, 2011 09:47 PM

                    I wasn’t a fan of Riesling until I ran into Westbrook Wine Farm 2006, Uber Rhenish Dry Riesling. It is under $20 but you may have to order and ship if you are outside of California. Westbrook Wine Farm is in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


                    1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 23, 2011 09:07 AM

                      While it is called 'rich', not sweet, Weinbachs L'Inedit is on my favorite list now. Very, very concentrated and rich, duh, it holds up to almost any food paired with it. Probably off dry, but tastes similar to most Zind-Humbrecht riesling offerings.

                      1. SipSwooshSpit Feb 23, 2011 11:15 AM

                        I've converted a few people who said they don't like German-style Rieslings to Donhoff Kabinett Riesling (they do one called dry Riesling as well which is pretty much the same). But if you are willing to go a little above $20, Grosset Polish Hill as recommended in the first reply, is a steely joy.

                        1. dandyessex Mar 8, 2011 03:20 PM

                          Another nod to Niagare here! The last few vintages have been excellent for whites in Ontario. The topography in Niagara is like that of some of Germany's (maybe less exaggerated), and the climate can be too. They can go from quite dry to syrupy sweet in the region too. The off-drys are (generally) balanced nicely by high acidity too.

                          Favourites include Tawse & Fielding Estates, with their entry levels somewhere between $15-20 CDN. Others I've enjoyed are Henry of Pelham, Cave Springs (for good QPR) and Angel's Gate (though they can be unreliable with other varietals).

                          Norman Hardie in Prince Edward County is dabbling with good results, but his prices are on the rise.

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                            Ricardo Malocchio Mar 10, 2011 11:05 AM

                            One of my favorite dry rieslings is the Nikolaihof Vom Stein Federspiel (Wachau Austria). 2005 is epic, but I think the 2006 is drinking better right now (and can likely be found for less, though more than $20).

                            Here are a few links, including one more generally on the wines of Austria that might give you a few ideas:
                            http://www.weingutprager.at/fileadmin... (article on wines of Wachau Austria)

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                              kenito799 Mar 14, 2011 03:54 PM

                              German rieslings can do this great thing where they are sweet yet so acidic that the sweetness is balanced so they are refreshing and not cloying at all. There are so many that pull this off, probably Kabinetts or especially when labeled Trocken they will not seem sweet. Some examples I have had recently:
                              09 St Urbans-Hof Urban Nik Weis Selection (super cheap)
                              05 St. Ludwig Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett (also from a bargain bin)
                              05 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett (getting serious, this will age into petrol territory)
                              07 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit

                              Finger Lakes can produce nice rieslings. I agree with Ravines, you also should look for dry rieslings from Hermann J. Wiemer

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