Arguably the most complex white variety of all, riesling has intense, often piercing floral and mineral, honey, fresh apple flavors. At its best, riesling has a brilliant balance between fruit and acidity; quite concentrated, rich. Most commonly finished sweet, but also produces fine dry wine, e.g., Alsace riesling. Most famous in Germany with riesling kabinetts, spatlese, auslese, etc.; Alsace riesling; in California labeled Johannisburg Riesling, white riesling, or Rhine riesling. Dry when labeled "early harvest," sweeter when labeled "late harvest."