2013 Leitz Riesling Trocken Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck 'Katerloch'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $34.94 (reg. $44.94)
High above the terraced Rüdesheimer Berg (or mountain) are the picturesque roseneck or rose hedges that abutt this grand cru level vineyard. Considered among the “highest echelon” of German Riesling producers by the Wine Advocate, Leitz has revolutionized wine making in the Rheingau with his stunningly precise dry and off-dry Rieslings from top vineyards selections. The WA94-point 2013 'Katerloch' is one such dry example of the extraordinary vibrancy and minerality that comes from these hillside vineyards and we could not be more pleased to offer it to you for the lowest price in the US.
Leitz's vibrant and exciting Rieslings are “regularly among the finest produced in the Rheingau” according to Vinous. While Leitz once preferred to label his top vineyard selections as “old vines” or Alte Reben to differentiate their quality, these days he has returned to the traditional parcel names like Katerloch, and these single site selections are among his top wines. The Katerloch is the finest block in the Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck, Leitz’s steepest vineyard, where a natural amphitheatre cuts deep into the quartzite mountain. The steep slopes and unique composition of the soils result in a wine that is “full-bodied and powerful” with “the fruit completely interwoven with the mineral taste of crushed rocks” (WA).
For a "clear, precise and concentrated" dry Riesling from one the Rheingau’s most lauded producers, you cannot go wrong with Leitz’s Katerloch. What’s more, is like the off-dry and sweeter Spatlese and Auslese Riesling, this will age tremendously well and pair with a stunning variety of cuisine. Cheers!