Top 10 Riesling Producers

GDP puts together his list of the best producers of this fine wine

 


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Weingut Donnhoff

I had to begin this list with German Rieslings, undoubtedly the greatest concentration of stunning Rieslings produced anywhere on earth. In order to maintain some intellectual honesty, I had to go with Helmut Donnhoff as my first producer since his wines are the most common Rieslings in my cellar.

It’s tough to describe the styles of many of these producers since they produce a broad spectrum of wines from fiercely bone dry to incredibly and opulently sweet. Donnhoff’s wines tend to be in a richer style, epitomizing the peachy fruitiness of wines from the Nahe. This is a warmer region for Riesling, so that richness of fruit may come at the expense of ageability. These should be considered mid-term agers.

Three wines that I tend to buy with some regularity:

Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe Germany $30

Weingut Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese $60

Weingut Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese  $50

 

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Top 10 Riesling Producers

1.
Dönnhoff H. Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Nahe Oberhäuser Brücke (2005)
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Hermann Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese (2004)
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3.
Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff-Oberhausen (2008)
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4.
Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spätlese Ürziger Würzgarten (2010)
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5.
Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spatlese Erdener Treppchen (2003)
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6.
Riesling Gka Graacher Himmelreich Jj Prum (2010)
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7.
Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich (2003)
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8.
Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken (2011)
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9.
Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese Kiedricher Gräfenberg (2005)
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10.
Grosset Riesling Clare Valley Polish Hill (2009)
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11.
Springvale Watervale Riesling 20 Grosset £ Premier
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12.
Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée M (2009)
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13.
Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc E Sommerberg (2007)
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14.
Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Brand (2006)
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15.
F.X. Pichler Riesling Federspiel Urgestein Terrassen (2008)
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16.
Fx Pichler Durnsteiner Hollerin Riesling Smaragd (2007)
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17.
Pichler F X Riesling Durnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd (2005)
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18.
Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Hollerin (2006)
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19.
Weingut Leo Alzinger Loibner Steinertal Riesling Smaragd Wachau (2007)
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20.
Ried Höhereck Riesling Smaragd Weingut Leo Alzinger Austria (2007)
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21.
Dry Reserve Riesling (2007)
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