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Mineral, Energetic Riesling

2012 Stein Blauschiefer Riesling trocken

2012 Stein Blauschiefer Riesling trocken Courtesy of vom Boden

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Joe Salamone, wine buyer at Crush Wine & Spirits in New York City

What: 2012 Stein Blauschiefer Riesling trocken

Why: Blauschiefer means “blue slate,” an homage to the slate soil in Germany’s Mosel region, where this wine is from. The slate gives the wine tons of minerality and an almost salty smell and taste. Salamone loves this wine for its purity. If a wine can have energy, he says this one does.

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