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James Suckling 2018

James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2018

No. 14: 2017 Idig Riesling GG - 99 Points

“Yet this year’s list of JamesSuckling.com’s Top 100 Wines of 2018 has so many exceptional wines. They are wines that all of us – me, Jack, Nick and Stuart – dream about drinking again and enjoying a moment with family and friends to taste and savor their greatness. We hope you enjoy this year’s Top 100 too! — James Suckling, Editor & CEO JamesSuckling.com

Gesamte Kollektion:

91 Points: 2017 Pfalz Riesling VDP.Gutswein

Lots of lemon-zest character. Juicy and well structured with a very clean, long, herbal finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink now.

92 Points: 2017 Ruppertsberg Riesling VDP.Ortswein

Very attractive peach and pear character. Succulent and elegant with a long, herb and mineral finish that's ripe and refreshing. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink now. Screw cap.

92 Points: 2017 Gimmeldingen Riesling VDP.Ortswein

Smoky and flinty with serious minerality for a village wine. Powerful yet fresh and rather filigree finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Better from 2019 and good aging potential.

92 Points: 2017 „Pfarrwingert“ Gimmeldingen Weissburgunder VDP.Ortswein

Serious funk (from long lees contact) and some toasty oak, then pronounced tannins on the palate, make this stand out from Christmann's other pinot blancs. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Better from 2019.

93 Points: 2017 Königsbach Riesling VDP.Ortswein

Beautiful, fresh, exotic-fruit nose and a great combination of juiciness and freshness. Long, chalky finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

93 Points: 2017 Deidesheim Paradiesgarten Riesling VDP.Erste Lage

A classic example of the elegance of Deidesheim with great balance between concentrated peaches and nectarines and racy acidity. Long, sleek finish with great mineral freshness. Drink or hold. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified.

94 Points: 2017 Ruppertsberger Spiess Riesling VDP.Erste Lage 2017

Stunning ripeness with a touch of smoke, as well as great apricot and nectarine aromas. Delicate tannins support the generous body and the long finish is at once powerful and vibrant. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

94 Points: 2017 Gimmeldinger Bienengarten Riesling VDP.Erste Lage

Very ripe with a cornucopia of apricots and mangoes, but there's as much character as concentration. In spite of all these riches, the wine remains very lively and the long finish is very uplifting. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

95 Points: 2017 Gimmeldinger Kapellenberg VDP.Erste Lage

Still a bit closed, but as it aerates you can at least gather how fine the yellow-fruit aromas are. On the palate it's already clear that this is easily of GG quality. Concentrated, yet graceful and silky with a super-long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Long-term aging potential. Try in 2019.

95 Points: 2017 Königsbacher Ölberg Riesling trocken VDP.Erste Lage

Very deep and complex, but this is as sensual as it is intellectual with ravishing mirabelle character and a ton of chalky minerals at the enormous finish. And this only has 12.5 per cent alcohol! From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

95 Points: 2017 Reiterpfad-Hofstück Riesling GG

A fabulous GG to drink now, thanks to an exotic-fruit character that's totally ripe yet so delicate, the succulence not a jot too much. Great balance through the long, very polished finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

96 Points: 2017 Langenmorgen Riesling GG

Subtle, flinty nose, then enormous minerality on the tightly wound palate. Breathtaking finish that doesn't want to stop. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold.

97 Points: 2017 Meerspinne – im Mandelgarten Riesling GG

Still shy on the nose, but there's an entire microcosm of citrusy character in this cool-headed beauty. Long, puristic, crystalline finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Better from 2019.

98 Points: 2017 Ölberg-Hart “Kapelle” Riesling GG (Versteigerungswein)

Rather closed on the nose, but some lemon blossom showing. On the palate this has enormous concentration and every bit as much finesse and a very long, silky, dreamy finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Better from 2019.

99 Points: 2017 Idig Riesling GG

Welcome to the dry-riesling deep end. However, you'll need some patience, if you want to experience this greatness to the full. Descriptors like mirabelle and apricot only hint at what this gentle giant has to offer. Enormously long, hyper-mineral finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Better from 2019.