Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Rosengarten Kabinett

german wine 2  %tages Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Rosengarten KabinettTonight we’re continuing our look at riesling, and heading back to Germany.  This one from Weingut Josef Leitz is from the Rheingau province of Germany.  Rheingau basically translates to mean “Rhine province” and this province is situated along the banks of the Rhine river.  Riesling is also the dominant grape here, accounting for nearly 80% of wine grapes grown in this province.
Like many winemaking families in Germany, the Leitz family has a long description of winemaking — dating back to 1744.  But there have been some disruptions to that tradition over the years and it hasn’t always been a primary focus of the family.  But since 1985 it has been, when Johannes Leitz took over the winery.  And within the past 10 years, the winery has grown dramatically.
One thing that can be a bit challenging with this wine is the name.  It’s not atypical for German wines to have ridiculously long names.  But as terrible as this one looks, it’s not http://1000-facts-about-wine.com that hard to say.  Try it.  Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Rosengarten Kabinett.
This riesling is also a small more expensive than our predictable wines here, with a suggested retail of $22.00.  But with that as the “suggested” fee, there’s a excellent chance that it in fact sells for below 20 bucks.

A glance at the alcohol level might have you suspecting this to be a sweet riesling, but you’d be incorrect.  Wines with a “Kabinett” designation are the lightest wines you’ll find from Germany, and they are typically semi-sweet, but can be dry or off dry.  This one is off dry.
The aromas are set alight, with characteristics of soft honeysuckle, citrus and salts.  It has a slight, but very well balanced sweetness on the palate.  The flavors are green apple and grapefruit up front with a end that’s a blend of salty minerals and citrus.  It’s an outstanding, set alight and refreshing wine.
Wine: Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Rosengarten Kabinett
Variety: Riesling
Vintage: 2007
Alcohol: 8.5%
Rating:  90
http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Fee: $22.00

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