About Riesling White Wine

About Riesling White Wine
Although many consumers believe Riesling is a sweet wine, there are all types, ranging from bone dry to ultra-sweet. Offering a remarkable array of perfumes ranging from apricot and peach to peony and petrol, and having excellent natural acidity, Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Top Picks for Riesling

Parallel 44 2016 Estate Ice Wine Wisconsin Ledge
95 points
$55
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, butter roasted nuts, and kidd leather with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, long caramelized green apples and citrus and honeyed spiced peaches finish. A great American ice wine that drinks like a fine Austrian or German riesling eiswein.
Grgich Hills 2014 Violetta Late Harvest Dessert Wine Napa Valley
94 points
$85
Golden yellow color. Complex aromas of beeswax, petrol, yellow apple confection, lily, rose petal, stewed apricot, and golden raisin with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long caramelized lychee, nata de coco, coriander, ginger, grapefruit marmalade, and coconut sugar finish. A beautifully textured, concentrated and stylish dessert wine to show off to Sauternes-loving friends; feel free to cellar.
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet Riesling
94 points
$24
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
City Winery NV Chazak Dessert Wine California
94 points
$25
Black garnet color. Aromas of fruit cake, blackberry preserves, winter spices, toasted coconut, dark roasted almonds, and cocoa powder with a velvety, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla wafer cookies, rich chocolate covered black fruits, and French vanilla gelato finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. Fall in love with this rich port-style California wine that is perfect for cheese or after-dinner sipping.
Awards: 2017 Best US Dessert Wine
Calamity Sue 2016  Riesling
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of dried apricot and pineapple, petrol, vanilla licorice, and carnation with a round, lively, fruity medium body and an even, complex, long yuzu marmalade, pineapple tea cakes, matcha, and ripe mango finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An excellent Riesling from Arroyo Seco; stylish, refined yet outgoing.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, nuanced, medium-long fleur de sel and fresh sage finish with no oak. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine Chambourcin
91 points
$35.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of spiced orange peels, fruit punch, bergamot, sugared strawberries, honey, and rainbow sherbet with a syrupy, lively, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long pear cordial, bananas in whipped honey spread, and tart apple candy finish with silky tannins. A very pleasant ice wine with vibrant acidity and honeyed charm.
91 points $35.99
Door 44 2016 Cellar Door Dessert Wine Frontenac
91 points
$21
Clear ruby color. Smoky aromas of milk chocolate with smoked sea salt, hazelnut praline, plastic wrapped wild berries, cherry candies, incense, and cinnamon-lemon tisane with honey with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, easy smoked meats, huckleberry preserves, molasses drizzled bacon, and black tea finish with soft, medium tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive and fascinating smoky-sweet wine from Wisconsin Ledge for savory or sweet pairings; try with cigars.
One Woman 2014 Dessert Wine Gruner Veltliner
91 points
$45
Bright amber color. Complex aromas of sweet apricot, orange marmalade, honey drizzle, and maraschino cherry pit with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-length cumin, coriander, and allspice finish. A fantastically delicious sweet and spicy Grüner oozing with complex charm.
Pacifica 2017 Evans Collection Riesling
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Exotic aromas of lanolin, pressed flowers, honeycomb, magnolia, and jasmine with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long mangnolia-lemon sorbet, rambutan, cherry blossom, and lime-cooler finish with no oak. A lengthy and exotic riesling that will be well-received by both true aficionados and novices.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Riesling
90 points $17.99 Best Buy