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Johannisberg

(yōhä`nĭsbĕrkh), village, Hesse, central Germany, near the Rhine River. A health resort, it is also noted for its magnificent wine.
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Jean Johannisberg Riesling 2001 (Sonoma County), $15.
Jean Johannisberg Riesling 1998 (Sonoma County), $9.
Virtually all the winegrowers agree with Nass, (who will not replace his lost Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) in that they mostly will replant with Cabernet Franc, the most sales-successful and hardiest of the red viniferas in the Finger Lakes and, in white, with White, or Johannisberg Riesling, which not only grows best of the winter-hardy white viniferas but is under the greatest sales pressure in the region.
For the first time in 2003, Hogue harvested more Riesling for late harvest production than the Johannisberg Riesling.
* Hogue Johannisberg Riesling 1991 (Columbia Valley), $7.
It was a Joseph Phelps 1975 Selected Late Harvest Johannisberg Riesling, one of the wines that Schug created that became a trademark for Schug and the Phelps winery.
Jean's "Belle Terre" Special Select Late Harvest Johannisberg Riesling 1994, about $25 for a 375-ml.
"Mirassou Has Three New Ones," namely 1971 Monterey Riesling, Chenin blanc and Johannisberg Riesling. The switch to varietals was getting strong.
* Joseph Phelps Late-Harvest Johannisberg Riesling 1995, $20 (California).
Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars was awarded two "Best of Class" designations for the 1999 Chardonnay and 1999 Pinot noir; a Double Gold medal for the 1999 Lemberger; four Gold medals for the 1999 Pinot noir, 2000 Johannisberg Riesling, Semi-Dry, 2000 Johannisberg Riesling, Dry and 2000 Rkatsiteli; and two Bronze medals for a nonvintage Cabernet and nonvintage Fleur de Pinot noir.
Notes: Use a sweet, fruity wine such as Gewurztraminer, late-harvest Gewurztraminer, or Johannisberg Riesling, or a Muscat dessert wine such as Moscato di Canelli or Moscato d'Asti.
Hogue Dry Johannisberg Riesling 1995, $6.50 (Columbia Valley, Washington).