Vine varieties: Riesling

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Considered by growers to be the finest variety, Alsace Riesling is almost invariably bone dry. Young Riesling can display floral aromas, although it is sometimes fairly neutral. With age it takes on complex, gunflint, mineral aromas, with crisp steely acidity and very pure fruit flavours. It is one of the most difficult varieties for beginners, but one of the most rewarding wines for connoisseurs.