2016 Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett Riesling, Rheingau, Germany (750ml)

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The Leitz family can trace its winemaking history in Rüdesheim back to 1744. Josef Leitz rebuilt the winery after a bombing raid in WWII and his son, Antonius, briefly took ownership of the operation before his untimely death in 1966. Antonius' son, Johannes Leitz, was born in 1964 and wasn't able to take over until 1985. He grew the estate from 2.9 hectares to over 40 today and has established himself as one of the best winemakers in the Rheingau. This is the Kabinett bottling from the Klostrlay Vineyard where they have just over one hectare of vines. According to the importer, “Lay” is a very old word meaning slate and "Kloster" is the German translation of Abbey. The Klosterlay sits beneath the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard, above the eastern edge of the village. Here, the Rüdesheimer Berg begins to gently undulate as it levels out toward the village of Geisenheim. Josi believes this site is destined for a fruity style and therefore always makes Kabinett from this vineyard." It's the main wine from Leitz that has always been on our shelves year after year, as it just seems to have great balance of fruit and acidity with clean, pure flavors and just a touch of minerality. 

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