For a vineyard the importer characterizes as “adamant,” this wine is surprisingly showy. There’s a strong backbone of lime and green apple, but also sweet hints of apricot and peach. Finishes tart and long, dry enough to appeal to folks who “don’t care for sweet wine.” —J.C.
Johannes Leitz is rightfully proud of his 2002s. This is his entry-level wine, and it’s gorgeous, with a touch of sweetness and slightly rounder acidity than last year’s version (which, incidentally, is still going strong). It boasts copious apple, red berry and citrus flavors and a forceful, lingering finish. Sinfully easy to drink.
To steal a phrase from Terry Thiese’s 2002 catalogue: “insane quality.” Instead of lamenting the fact that more consumers aren’t drinking German wines, maybe those of us who are should be grateful, for only lack of interest keeps wine that’s this good, this affordable. A touch of sweetness admirably balances the wine’s penetrating acidity, which frames taut apple…
Named for its source, the Rüdesheimer Drachenstein, Leitz’s entry-level wine is a perennial favorite. Unfortunately, the price has crept up over the past few vintages to the point that it is no longer the screaming bargain it once was, but it is still a lovely wine, with citrusy, bergamot flavors and riper hints of apple. Long, clean and refreshing on the finish…