Riesling has historically been prized for its ability to convey the terroir of the vineyard while still retaining the character of the Riesling grape. Riesling is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon for having the ability to produce very different wines based on the site it is grown on and for the ability to age very well. Wines made from Riesling are usually lower in alcohol (around 12%), high in tartaric acid, and strongly scented with honey, minerals, and flowers. Riesling is often used for late harvest, ice, and botryized sweet desert wines. Riesling is widely grown but performs best in cooler climates with long, slow ripening.