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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.
91 points Wine & Spirits: "For an entry-level riesling, this offers uncanny power and precision. The lemon flavors drive through the wine as if they were on a mission, plowing through the steely minerality and leaving a mouthwatering saline tang in their wake. Buy it by the case, for Sunday brunches and Wednesday night dinners, and any dinner parties along the way." (12/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Bright lemon and lime freshness. Drive and freshness and lovely dry finish. Lots of sweet citrus flavour in the middle to balance the acidity but no compromise on Riesling purity. (JH)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: A wonderfully dry... Read More »
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.
Wine Spectator: "Redolent of ripe peaches and cream, this features lightly spiced notes of dried apricot and pear. Pastry accents grace the soft finish. (Web Only—2013)" K&L Notes: Max von Kunow officially took over the von Hövel estate from his father in 2010, and now stands as the 7th generation proprietor. Weingut von Hövel is a founding member of the VDP, and the estate is now undergoing conversion to organic viticulture under Max. With the quality of their vineyard holdings never in doubt, the von Kunows have spent many seasons putting forth a strong effort to push the quality o... Read More »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. From the winery's note: "This hearty, vigorous rosé with a Pinot Noir base has a range of bouquet that recalls strawberries, violets, raspberries and rhubarb. There is also a hint of lovage and sandalwood. A melting, gentle residual sweetness accompanies every sip. Serve well cooled! It goes well with wild onions in olive oil, air-dried ham, salami, parmesan and naturally a barbecue."
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Straw yellow in color, the freshly opened 2013 Rüdesheimer Riesling trocken shows a hint of burnt milk along with nutty flavors, ripe apples and Williams pears and a nice mineral undertone with lemon peel flavors. The wine opens gentle and quite creamy and develops a certain power and persistent mineral piquancy as well as a nice grip in the good finish. This is already a terroir-driven wine from Leitz's Rüdesheim vineyards and deserves the right handling. (SR)" (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. A generous expression of ripe and yellow fruit is supported by plenty of ...Read More »
For those special occasions when no booze will do. Just give us a second, and we'll come up with one... Baby shower, perhaps, or a wine tasting for Mormons? Not at all cloying, this grapey but balanced sparkler even goes with food. Juicy peach, pear, raspberry and lime with an added splash of mango, grapefruit and tangerine. Well proportioned with a long finish. Bright, fresh, clean and crisp. An excellent apéritif and very versatile with light to medium flavored dishes, creamy pasta, pork and poultry. 100% Trollinger
If you haven't had the wines from this estate you should. They are classy, elegant and don't try to beat you into submission by being anything they are not. The estate wine from Dr F Weins-Prüm is Feinherb in style. What does that mean? Basically it is a wine that is dry, but with just a touch of fruitiness to it that makes it an easygoing, quaffable wine for everyday enjoyment. This particular example is loaded with crisp apple and ripe peach, with rounded out minerality and a juicy finish. Before you know it, the bottle will be empty. It's a good wine ... Read More »
A single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the Baden region in Germany. Earthy red cherry fruit on the nose. Lighter bodied with good lift through the finish. Rustic and old world in style. Back label typo: 2013. Should read 2012
Coming from one of the top producers of Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) this "entry level" Pinot is a spicy treat. With the chalky soils in the area, Becker produces some of Germany's finest Pinot Noir. Full of spicy strawberry and bright cherry fruit, just a hint of tobacco and a dusty earthiness and layers of subtle textures tell you that you paid way too little for this offering. Delicious on its own, but also complements heavier seafood, poultry and fine cuts of beef or game.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rebholz's 2014 Riesling trocken has a lovely, pure and refined bouquet of great clarity where white fruit and floral aromas intertwine with fine mineral flavors. Light and salty on the palate, this is a beautifully pure, delicate, fresh and transparent dry Riesling with an impressively detailed, mineral finish. This 2014 estate Riesling is by far the most intriguingly light, transparent and filigreed Riesling trocken with expression and character that I have tasted in years. (SR)" (12/2015)
This organically produced Riesling comes from the loess, loam and limestone vineyards in and around the village of Bechtheim. Don't let the gentle slopes of the Rheinhessen fool you, the wines here can be some of the best expressions of terroir out there. Fermented and rested in 100% stainless steel this wine pops with aromatic character and texture. Aromas of peach, wet herbs and mineral up top with a plenty of body and texture to coat the palate while giving off subtle notes of caraway, steely minerals and a dry focused finish. (Eric Story, German Buye... Read More »
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "The 101 is a composition of a number of Spreitzer sites, and with its off-dry expression of peach and grapefruit, delicious acidity and just a hint of pith and peel it is a near ideal introduction to the world of Riesling." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With 18 grams per liter of residual sugar the Rheingau Riesling 101 serves the classic off-dry style of Riesling. Sourced from three different top vineyards (Lenchen, Doosberg, Hendelberg) this bright yellow wine offers a high-toned, precise and piquant bouquet. Light-bodied, fresh and fruity, this is a lovely, quaffable Riesli ...Read More »
This lightly sparkling wine is meant to be the German answer to Prosecco. From the winery: "Light straw yellow with lovely green highlights. Fresh-fruity aromas of pear, apple and grapefruit. Mild and well balanced on the palate with exotic aromas and a delicate nutmeg tone. Sparklingly refreshing."
The Mönchhof estate dates at least as far back as the 12th century, as evidenced by a document still in the Eymael family's possession, signed by Pope Alexander III, showing the Cloister Himmerod--a Cistercian Abbey--having vineyard holdings in Urzig as early as 1177. And the wines have been popular for a long time, too. At the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Mönchhof won medals for their wines. These days the wines, like this one from Ürziger Würzgarten, reflect the personality of the estate's proprietor Robert Eymael: easy to like, with a sense of style ... Read More »
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 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!
(Feinherb) From the importer: "Grown on all iron-infused Devon Slate, this wine first feels like biting into a ripe white peach, juicy, rich, creamy and sweet, with a full aroma. Yet the wine offers great minerality and acidity to balance the sweetness and make it, well...a delicious joy. Most of the fruit comes from the famous grand cru vineyard site 'Würtzgarten' (spice garden) in the town of Ürzig, which gives the wine its spicy profile."
From the importer: "This comes exclusively from the Merdinger Bühl vineyard in the Tuniberg, though we requested to exclude the vineyard name from the label. Tuniberg (1000 ha) is a small hill that lies between the Black Forest and the Kaiserstuhl that is only 319 meters high and 9 km long. Merdingen is one of the 9 villages located along the hill. The Tuniberg is comprised of terraces consisting of limestone subsoil, topped with a thick overlay of loess. In close proximity to the Black Forest, with winds blowing in from the Höllental, the Tuniberg boast... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the lower, richer part of the Josephshöfer and a top parcel in the core of the Domprobst, the 2013 Graacher Riesling trocken (AP #04 14) shows a very clear and stony bouquet even purer and leaner than that of the Wiltinger. Very juicy and piquant on the palate, this full-bodied wine has a nicely fruity intensity." (2/2015)
Jancis Robinson: "Although the green fruit aromas appear quite restrained on the nose, the palate packs some punch with sound acidity, stony minerality and firm body. An estate trocken with plenty of substance and a nice line of delicate but fresh fruit flavour. (MS)" (6/2015) K&L Notes: One of those Rheinhessen producers responsible for enhancing this often under-appreciated region's prestige, Philipp Wittmann aims for a racy, clean style of Riesling.
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
Jancis Robinson: "Stefan Winter is not one to hide the acidity of 2013, but when it is balanced by enough fruit and minerality, as in his Dittelsheimer trocken, the end result is an honest dry Riesling with serious authenticity. Sorrel provides a fine green edge for a delightful combination of peach and spice. (MS)" (4/2014)
Quiet, focused, precise, and passionate. These words describe Hanjörg Rebholz and his wines perfectly. He reminds us a lot of Franconian vintner Paul Fürst, and both men are revered highly by winemaking colleagues throughout Germany. Each has a self assured presence, and please don't waste your breath telling them Germany can't make dry wine. In fact, in Germany, Fürst and Rebholz are regarded as two of Germany's greatest dry wine estates. They are masters within their respective regions. This wine shows earthy minerals, aromas of ash and spiced melon. O... Read More »
The Fürst family has been involved in viticulture since 1638. In 1975, while attending the Geisenheim school for viticulture, Paul Fürst's father, Rudolf, passed away suddenly. Paul immediately left his studies and at age 21 took over the estate to carry on the family tradition in the cramped Fürst residence in Bürgstadt (Franken). In 1979 Paul and his wife Monika started building a new estate on the outskirts of town. This included a new residence and state-of-the-art cellar atop the Centgrafenberg vineyard. The new site provides breathtaking views of t... Read More »
Vinous: "Brisk aromas of cherry blossom, lemon zest and wild herbs. Although stuffed with sweet peachy fruit, the wine snaps to attention with crisp salted apple and distinctive slate. With its juicy, minerally finish, this Kabinett offers excellent value for money. (JP)" (3/2015)
Inventory: Redwood City
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Dornfelder. Smells like Cru Beaujolais
Inventory: San Francisco
Peter Lauerand his sons Peter and Florian are the proprietors of a tiny little hotel and restaurant in the village of Ayl, on the west side of the Saar River. Their winery is located next door to the hotel, and it seems as though many of the guests leave with a case or two of wine. This is how Weingut Peter Lauer subsisted for many generations. But now Lauer has garnered something of a cult following, and if you haven't tried one of their dry or off-dry Rieslings, you are truly missing out. The Barrel X is the winery's entry level offering, but it's so m... Read More »
The Wirsching family has been producing wine in this region since 1630. Home to Wirsching is the village of Iphofen, one of the most famous in Franconia and producing wines of unsurpassed quality from its steeply sloping vineyards. Today, Dr. Heinrich Wirsching is the owner and in charge of the estate and carries on 380 years of family wine making tradition. While Silvaner is the focus, Wirsching also produces fine examples of Riesling and Scheurebe. The wines have a fine mineral character, along with layers of fruit, spice, and great depth.
Wine Spectator: "Focused and savory, with plenty of slate and minerally notes to the green peach and crunchy apple flavors. Hints of anise emerge on the well-structured, crisp finish. Drink now." (4/2014)
Trollinger is a specialty of the Württemberg region in the southwest of Germany. The wine produced tends to be lighter in body, with berry and subtle smokey notes. From importer Rudi Wiest: "Rainer Schnaitmann was chosen newcomer of the year in 2007 by Gault-Millau/German Wine Guide just 10 years after he founded the estate. We discovered the estate when it won the European Pinot Cup two years running; no one since has duplicated this achievement. Within this short time in the wine profession Rainer has already had significant influence to bring focus ba... Read More »
The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is, without question, the most famous of vineyard sites within the Prüm Estate if not all of the Mosel Valley. With its south-southwest exposure, weathered grey slate and ridiculous steepness (up to 70%) it provides an optimal growing climate for Riesling. The wines from here show fantastic depth of stone fruit flavors accompanied by a fine line of minerality and length. From the cellar of J.J. Prüm, this is a perennially classic, collectible Riesling.
Classified as a spirit. Do not ship to no spirits locations. If you're a Savoy Cocktail Book-toting cocktail enthusiast, you've probably noticed that lots of old concoctions call for mixers, syrups and bitters that are totally obsucre. Take Celery Bitters, for instance. Used in classic drinks like the Corspe Reviver, the Blood Mary, the Bullshot and the Prairie Oyster, this unusal bitters has been conspicuously absent from the market for decades. Fortunately, thanks to the partnership between the folks as Bittermens and the guys at The Bitter Truth, it... Read More »
(Classified as a spirit. Do not ship to no spirits locations.) Launched in 2006 by two German bartenders, The Bitter Truth brings some classic yesteryear savor to today's cocktails. A spicy add to your next Manhatten, the Creole is "Bitter, sweet and spicy," the producers say. "According to the traditional Creole style, fruity and floral aromas unite with the flavors of anise, caraway and fennel." Producer notes: "Creole equals flavorful, and these bitters are as unique as the culture it encapsulates. With fruit scents of dried apricots, cherries and cr... Read More »