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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)
Vinous: "We’re down to 32 grams of residual sugar here. I write “down” because the level has kept decreasing annually for more than a decade now, and even so, the wine’s naturally high acidity – especially striking in this vintage – has never seemed excessive. Penetrating, bright and clear, this delivers lusciously juicy pear, pineapple and lime in a refreshingly sustained, lightly and mouthwateringly salt-tinged, if also phenolically slightly roughly finish. Considering its price and the enormous volume that now stands behind this bottling (all from estate fruit ...Read More »
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.
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.
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!
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
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 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."
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)
Domprobst is in the Graach in the heart of the Mittel Mosel. "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." (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rebholz's 2015 Riesling Trocken Ökonomierat offers a beautifully clear, pure, intense, mineral and herbal-flavored bouquet, which indicates a real Rebholz character. The wine is light, pure and bone dry, but intense and slightly creamy on the palate. It is also very mineral and salty, and well structured by fine tannins. This is a serious wine for Riesling freaks that do not want to spend too much money for a great wine. (SR)" (8/2016)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Intense and concentrated, but with bright fruit and some nutty and chestnuts flavors on the nose opens the 2014 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese, which was fermented and aged partly in fuder, partly in stainless steel. Precise and with salty minerals, this is a straight but very elegant and charming Spätlese with a pretty complex, well structured finish and a good length. Expressive. (SR)" (3/2016)
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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 reflect the personality of the estate's proprietor Robert Eymael: easy to like, with a sense of style and simple sophistication.
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) Vinous: "Pear, lime and quince deliver a delicate, subtly creamy, chiffon-like impression in this unabashedly sweet but delightfully buoyant and satisfyingly sustained, soothing as w ...Read More »
Peter Lauer and 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 ... Read More »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Intense aromas of tropical mango and melon scent this elegant, slightly cream-textured dry Riesling. Sprays of white grapefruit and lime juice brighten the midpalate, extending through a long finish marked by zesty acidity and chalky, dusty mineral tones. (AI)" (6/2016) 89-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen and was bottled in April 2015. Philipp focuses on a coolish and mineral style in 2014, and could have easily bottled a more opulent and fruit intense style. However, he decided to keep even hi ...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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Green fruits and wild herbs on the nose and still showing a little SO2. Definitely has that same reductive quality on the palate. Pretty tight and clean and needing a little longer in bottle to mesh. (JH)" (6/2015) K&L Notes: Mosel Fine Wine: "This Kabinett offers scents of fresh mint, white peach and orchard fruits. The wine is crisp and clean on the palate, with an almost 'as light as water' feel of airiness. The off-dry side of the slightly tart finish gives this wine great drinking appeal. This rather retrained and backward wine should gain complexity with a few ... Read More »
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)
90 points Wine Spectator: "Savory aromas, with flavors of dried green herb, nectarine and fresh-cut apple. Rich and minerally on the well-spiced and crunchy finish. (KM, Web-2016)" Wine Enthusiast: "Crisp apple and pears are streaked with earthy tones of saffron and bramble in this brisk invigorating Spätlese. It's concentrated and fruity on the palate with a clingy honeyed touch that extends the finish. (AI)" (2/2016) K&L Notes: Stefan Bollig (vintage 1961) is passionately devoted to his work and is a fine example of the new generation of Mosel vintners. The family has been producing wine since the 17th Century,... Read More »
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 fruitiness to it that makes it an easygoing, quaffable wine for everyday use. This particular one 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 any time ... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "While shades of slate and saffron lend complexity and nuance, this semisweet wine is more a showcase of sumptuous yellow peach and pear flavors. Its high-toned acidity and delicate, lacy mouthfeel make it irresistibly gulpable. (ALCI)" (6/2016) Jancis Robinson: "No producer likes to be labelled predictable, but over the years I have come to the conclusion that traditional Spätlese is the Gessingers’ true forte. I enjoy the combination of racy acidity, zesty citrus fruit, tasteful sweetness and slim-line figure, nothing over-elaborate, but a pure pleasure to drink. Not too s ...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.
Vinous: "Sourced from gentler, deeper-soiled sites east of Forst, in Ruppertsberg, Friedelsheim and Niederkirchen, this generic bottling is for some reason labeled 'Riesling Trocken Rural' in its home market. Salt-tinged bright citrus and apple are complemented by levity from just under 12% alcohol, leading to a mouthwatering and refreshing if simple and only modestly sustained finish. (Surprisingly, a fuller-bodied village-level Forster Riesling that includes fruit from some top sites and receives some time in cask struck me as less satisfying due to significant ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Kajo Christoffel's 2014 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett (AP #1) is clearly characterized by honey-sweet botrytis flavors along with dried fruit and overripe Riesling flavors on the nose. Light in alcohol (7.5%), round and racy on the palate, this is a lush and juicy, very aromatic Riesling with a delicate acidity and a lingering minerality in the finish. Should be cellared for six or ten years. (SR)" (3/2016) Wine Spectator: "This airy version features creamed-filled flavors of dried apple, pear and spice. The slightly honeyed finish has good length, with ripe melon no ...Read More »
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.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Perfumed and so pretty, this lively kabinett abounds with aromas and flavors of sweet citrus, pineapple and mango. Lavish lavender and potpourri notes persist from nose to finish, lending elegance to this otherwise juicy fruity wine. The sweet-tart tangerine finish is long and meandering. (AI)" (10/2016)
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)
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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)
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)
David Schildknecht of eRobertParker.com writes: "There is generally excellent value at this address and the wines have cellared consistently well, even from before the time when Stefan Justen took the reins from his father 20 years ago."
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.
Vinous: "Rendered in stainless steel from a mixture of estate and purchased Bechtheim Riesling, this compares very favorably with its slightly bulkier and more severe 2013 counterpart. White peach and grapefruit are tinged with mint and tarragon on a silky, polished palate, leading to a satisfyingly and refreshingly persistent finish. What there is of pit and pip bitterness enhances the wine's invigorating character. (DS)" (5/2014) K&L Notes: This organically produced Riesling comes from the loess, loam and limestone vineyards in and around the village of Bechtheim. Don't let... Read More »
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(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 »
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)
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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 »
Jancis Robinson: "We are getting into the sweeter spheres, and this is borne out by the slightest whiff of sulphur, which dissipates instantly with a little bit of swirling. The remaining fragrance consists of a delicate composition of spring meadow and citrus fruit. Although quite sweet on the palate and with well-adjusted acidity the Sonnenuhr Spätlese is still lively and fresh, zesty orange and a hint of oriental spice picking up the flavour on a gentle but long finish. (17.5/20 Score)" (6/2015)
This wine was not reviewed this vintage, but Joel B. Payne of Vinous has the following notes about the estate and the 2013 vintage: "This estate at the lower end of the Nahe, near where it empties into the Rhine, has been going through a very gentle transition over the past few years as father Stefan has gradually passed the baton to his son Georg. As the latrer slowly comes into his own, the Rieslings have not only put on a touch of flesh but have also become more precise in their expression. They had always been well structured, but they seldom showed ... Read More »