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Top Rated Riesling

Riesling grapes

Originating in Germany, where it has been cultivated since the 1400s, Riesling is now grown worldwide. It is often used to make dry, semi-sweet to sweet, sparkling white wines of high acidity, which range from extremely dry, crisp quaffing wine, to a more complex wine of unctuous nectars. Rieslings have a distinct apple-like aroma, often with floral notes of violet, rose petal and woodruff, as well as stone fruits such as apple, apricot, peach and pear. Below are the best Rieslings we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.

 

Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
2007 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett
Mosel, Germany
15/20
$16

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Bowers Harbor Vineyards
2010 Riesling, Block II
Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
14.5/20

$25

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Dr. H. Thanisch
2010 Bernkasteler Riesling Classic
Mosel, Germany
14.5/20

$20

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Helfrich
2007 Riesling, Grand Cru, Steinklotz
Alsace, France
14.5/20

$24

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Pierre Sparr
2011 Riesling
Alsace, France
14.5/20

$15

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Trefethen
2005 Dry Riesling
Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$18

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Trimbach
2004 Riesling
Ribeauvillé, France
14.5/20

$18

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Drylands
2006 Dry Riesling
Marlborough, New Zealand

14/20
$15

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Fetzer Vineyards
2005 Valley Oaks German Riesling
Mendocino, CA

14/20
$9


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Gunderloch Estate
2005 Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett
Rheinhessen, Germany

14/20
$15

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Jekel Vineyards
2005 Riesling
Monterey, CA

14/20
$11

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Leitz
2
006 Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Riesling
Rheingau, Germany
14/20

$15

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Shady Lane Cellars
2005 Sparkling Riesling
Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
14/20

$20

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Tierce
2010 Dry Riesling
Finger Lakes, New York
14/20

$30

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Weingut Gysler
2006 Weinheimer Riesling halbtrocken
Rheinhessen, Germany
14/20

$15

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Yalumba
2006 Y Series Riesling
Australia
14/20

$11

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Chateau Grand Traverse
2008 Dry Riesling
Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
13.5/20
$13

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Craneford
2001 Riesling
Australia
13.5/20
$12

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Dashe
2007 McFadden Farms Dry Riesling
Potter Valley, CA
13.5/20
$20

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Helfrich
2
007 Riesling
Alsace, France
13.5/20
$14

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Leitz Weingut
2004 Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Spätlese Riesling
Rheingau, Germany
13.5/20
$9

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Mönchhof
2005 Robert Eymael Estate Riesling
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
13.5/20
$n/a

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Seven Hills
2009 Riesling, Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley, Washington
13.5/20

$14

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Villa Maria
2006 Private Bin Riesling
Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5/20
$13


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Bowers Harbor Vineyards
2008 Estate Riesling
Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
13/20

$14

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Clos du Bois
2006 Riesling
California
13/20

$12

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Hazlitt Vineyards
2006 Riesling
Finger Lakes, New York

13/20
$18

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Lorenz Vineyards
2010 "Symphony" Riesling
Rheinhessen, Germany
13/20

$17

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Mandolin
2004 Riesling
Monterey, CA
13/20

$10

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McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate
2
007 Riesling
South Eastern Australia, Australia
13/20

$12

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Shady Lane Cellars
2006 Semi-Dry Riesling
Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
13/20

$15

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