10 Top-Scoring Dry Rieslings from Wine Advocate Issue 228

In some of our recent coverage, Issue 228 End of December, Stephan Reinhardt detailed a very focused report on Germany's Nahe Valley, primarily featuring Riesling as the star variety. While international wine lovers are hip to the fact that Riesling comes in many styles and levels of sweetness, all too often I see domestic (Stateside) wine lovers assume that Rieslings are sweet. Let it be known that there is beautifully-crafted dry and sweet Riesling all around the world, and no one other than Germany presents such a far-reaching range in terms of quality, style and sweetness levels.

Being a lover of dry German Riesling, I decided to look through Stephan's "Germany, Nahe Valley: 2015 - A Great Vintage For All" report and pull out ten top-scoring, dry Rieslings. As the title of the report suggests, these wines are all from the 2015 vintage, which turned out to be a great vintage for the region. These ten wines clock in at 90 points or above. Prost!

  1. 2015 Emrich-Schönleber • Riesling Monzinger Auf der Ley GG
  2. 2015 Hermann Dönnhoff • (Niederhäuser) Hermannshöhle Riesling GG
  3. 2015 Schäfer-Fröhlich • Felseneck Riesling GG
  4. 2015 Schlossgut Diel • Burgberg Riesling GG
  5. 2015 Kruger-Rumpf • Dautenpflänzer Riesling GG
  6. 2015 Dr Crusius • Riesling Trocken Untitled I
  7. 2015 Jakob Schneider • Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Trocken Magnus
  8. 2015 Joh Bapt Schäfer • Goldloch Riesling GG
  9. 2015 Weingut Tesch • Laubenheimer Karthäuser Riesling Trocken
  10. 2014 Gut Hermannsberg • Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling GG

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