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We are very excited to present the Kalinda Rheingau Riesling. The wine comes from one of the top producers in the Rheingau that pays the utmost attention to detail in the vineyards and the winery. Aromas of honeysuckle, freshly zested lemons and stone fruits lead to a palate that is alive with yellow apples, nectarine and a hint of lanolin. This off-dry Riesling is balanced by loads of acidity and is the perfect pairing for spicy or fatty foods. (Olivia Ragni K&L Germany liaison)
Extraordinarily aromatic, vigorous wines from a vintner who grows more commanding each vintage. This is the wine that once was called Rüdesheimer Drachenstein, and it’s the wine David Schildknecht said was the best Riesling value in the world, which is because Johannes sells it to us for much less than it’s worth. For a large-production wine this receives the same care in the vineyards and cellar that every Leitz wine receives.
A bright, energetic style of rosé that shows wonderful fruit textures and flavors that carry on and on. Lots of strawberry, spicy rhubarb and elegant flower petals abound throughout. This an amazing value for the high quality this wine displays. As I’ve been drinking the 2014 until just recently, I suspect that this will also be drinking unbelievably well right up to and through the next vintage—good stuff! (Eric Story, K&L German wine buyer)
Jancis Robinson: "The Rüdesheim trocken shows some herbaceous aromas which reflect its upbringing by spontaneous yeasts. On the palate these fresh green notes get ample support from a stony minerality to produce a dry village Riesling with plenty of vibrancy. (MS)" (5/2016)
This is an extraordinarily unique blend of Portugeiser, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. It has a bright, fragrant nose, super creamy mousse with pretty strawberry fruit flavors accented by a hint of lemon zest and a dry, refreshing finish. It is great on its own, but has the body to complement a variety of foods, making it an excellent and versatile choice for entertaining. Try it with grilled pork sausages!
Vinous: "From a riverside site highly susceptible to botrytis and consequently in recent years often problematic, this bottling’s relative success reflects the Spreitzer’s knack in picking and sympathy for alcoholic levity. Crunchy apple and winter pear are wreathed in bittersweet floral perfume, mint and tarragon for a coolingly stimulating performance. The sweetness suffices to enhance the fruit but backs off in the finish. Polished and buoyant... (DS)" (5/2016)
Inventory: San Francisco
A wonderfully dry, but not mouth-searing, style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attributes of the noble Riesling varietal but aren't keen on any residual sugar. Makes for a nice aperitif or to wash down grilled sausages, and even matches deliciously with smoked fish.
This is quintessential cool climate Pinot Noir. Lighter bodied with snappy aromatics, subtle spice and a mix of fresh red and blue fruits. A strong pick for an easy going sipper which also pairs well with an array of foods and will even math up nicely with the majority of fish dishes.
Inventory: San Francisco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett is very clear, fresh and pure on the smoky nose... Fruity, piquant and really sweet, this is a light 8% alcohol Riesling with 45 grams per liter of residual sugar that gives a charming (maybe too charming taste, at least for Northern European palates). Although, the Spreitzer's reduced the residual sugar from 65 grams to now 45 grams. However, this is a fresh and fruity German Kabinett classic. (SR)" (12/2015)
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY, a bubbly take on one of our favorite German rosés.
93 points Wine & Spirits: "This sandy loess–rich vineyard gave a 2014 that tastes like summer in all its juicy peach and sweet corn flavor. Its sunny disposition make it easy to gulp, but, given time in the glass, the structure becomes more apparent, a broad band of acidity couched in firm, earthy minerality. Enjoy it now, with a corn chowder, and lose a few bottles in the cellar for a few years, too." (12/2015) K&L Notes: The Magdalenenkreuz Vineyard is located on the hillside banks of the town of Rüdesheim. The vineyard starts at an elevation of 100 meters and rises to 165 meters in a relati... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Green floral notes and lemon zest perfume this pristine, pretty kabinett. Zesty lemon-lime acidity lends a breathless elegance, brightened by sweet-tart streaks of mango and tangerine that pucker and delight. Drinks gorgeously now, but will continue to improve through at least 2020. (ALCI)" (8/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvested between October 20 to 25 the Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett shows a very clear, pure and subtle nose and starts with a racy attack on the sweet palate. This is a very mineral, quite complex and firmly structured Kabinett with a good length and an ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling 101 is a medium-dry blend from the three single vineyards Lenchen, Doosberg and Hendelberg -- of which only the must of the Doosberg was fermented in oak. Clear, pure, fresh and with bright fruit aromas on the nose intermixed with some flinty/stony notes, this is a light-bodied, salty, pure and refreshing Riesling with a straight, juicy, but also mineral character with a gorgeous sweetness. This wine is more filigreed and lighter than the powerful Lenchen Alte Reben. (SR)" (12/2015)
German Winemaker of the Year (2011) Johannes Leitz continues the tradition of winemaking started by his grandfather, Josef. In his time at the helm, he has expanded the vineyard holdings to over 40 hectares of 100% Riesling vines.
91 points Wine Spectator: "Well-spiced flavors of peach, apple and apricot flavors blend well. Vanilla, chocolate and cream notes chime in, with a long finish of glazed citrus and hints of tarragon. Drink now." 60 cases imported. –KM According to the importer Terry Theise: "In effect this is an Auslese without botrytis; high toned and still needing to integrate its lavishly vanilla-flowery sweetness; it’s a highly regal wine, impressive but not really calm, and it will reward patience – lots of patience."
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Hand-grown, sustainably farmed, and meticulously made, the wines from Weingut Spreitzer are "crystalline, refined, perfumey and polished," according to importer Terry Theise. Praise from Wine Advocate: "2013 has been an excellent vintage for the family estate which offers a proud range of diverse Rieslings." (01/2015)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen is from the terraced part above the most western part of the Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck, as well as the western part of Berg Schlossberg, and from up to 80-year-old vines. The wine offers a very clear, coolish, slatey/crystalline bouquet that indicates a great delicacy and finesse. Full-bodied, clear and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline and very salty wine with thrill, tension and a nice grip in the finish. Still very closed and with a certain tannic impression at the moment of tasting ...Read More »
Extraordinarily aromatic, vigorous wines from a vintner who grows more commanding each vintage. The Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz vineyard is prime real estate for juicy, fruity Spätlese. Named after the Mary Magdalene shrine and located on the eastern side of Rudesheim with sandy loess soil, this site produces bold, long-term, fruity wines.
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Oestricher Rosengarten Riesling trocken GG is clear, deep, fresh and mineral on the nose, displaying bright fruit and lemon flavors. Full-bodied, rich and very elegant, this is a mouthful of silky textured, powerful and juicy Riesling with a lot of tension, finesse and grip. The long finish is very salty, full of complexity and indicates a great aging potential. Again (like in 2013), this is Spreitzer's most fascinating Riesling of the vintage. (SR)" (10/2015) 90 points Vinous: "Now that the Spreitzers’ immaculately-tended riverside near-monopole is an officially re ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers flavors of ripe citrus, smoked apple, pear tart and pineapple that are rich and lush. Well-spiced, this is loaded with creamy notes that linger effortlessly, leading to dried ginger hints on the finish. Drink now through 2018." (3/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse