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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.
About the producer: "We are very fortunate to be owners of some of the very best Vineyards on this part of the Mosel valley. Handed down from generation to generation the Bollig & Lehnert-Matheus families were indeed able to produce, even as far back as a hundred & fifty years ago first-class wines from many choice wine-growing areas. Each Wine-Growing area has of course its own TOTALLY individual character! – this is due to the elementary and distinct differences in the soil – which in turn provides each wine with its own characteristic flavour."
Jancis Robinson: "Mineral, almost a little peppery. Delicate but definite. Fine, sour freshness, tight and steely on the finish, very crisp. (JH)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: Donnhoff's fresh, dry Riesling comes from 15- to 30-year-old vines in the middle Nahe that typify the Donnhoff estate. The soils are stony and volcanic and the resulting wine is fresh, filigreed and mineral. A lovely everyday Riesling.
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 »
I love the 2002 vintage in Germany - completely overshadowed by the 2001's and 2003's. For me, it was a perfect vintage with fresh aromatics, fruit textures and delicate acidities. This bottling is also drinking absolutely perfect. From the famed Treppchen vineyard this shows wonderful spice on the nose with notable spice and texture. Again, this wine is drinking much like its little Kabinett sibling, spot on. The color is absolutely perfect while the palate is alive and dancing. C.H. Berres: since 1510. 1510!!! This estate has been making fantastic Ries... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "RS 30 g/l or thereabouts. Light, bright limey citrus aroma, the fruit revealed by the higher sugar level compared with the QbA trocken. Pure and refined, great delicacy but not lacking in fruit and persistence. (JH)" (5/2015)
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.
I love the 2002 vintage in Germany - completely overshadowed by the 2001's and 2003's. For me, it was a perfect vintage with fresh aromatics, fruit textures and delicate acidities. This bottling is drinking absolutely perfect. You will be shocked by the color of this nearly 16 year old Kabinett. Super fresh and lively with just a kiss of that petrol which comes with age. The palate is amazingly fresh, pretty and delicate. This wine is good not just because of the price but, because it is just plain good! C.H. Berres: since 1510. 1510!!! This estate has b... 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.
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 »
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "I have noted in the past that the Tonschiefer appears a little challenging to the British palate. It is quite uncompromisingly dry, an impression probably emphasised even more by its slatey mineral tangent. Aromas of stone fruit remain restrained and there is also a herbal, almost medicinal note, but the Tonschiefer nevertheless exhibits the clear delineation of all Dönnhoff wines. (MS)" (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the carbon slate of the southeast-facing Oberhäuser Leistenberg, the 2014 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer offers a lovely, clear and coolish stony slate bouquet ...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."
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 »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Floral and with citrus flavors on the nose starts the 2014 Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken. On the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, very piquant and mineral/crystalline Riesling with a lingering salinity and lemon flavor. Very persistent finish. An excellent village wine with a lovely purity. Highly recommended. (SR)" (12/2015)
Jancis Robinson: "Prettily scented – stony citrus and very slightly floral but becoming more spicy with air. Delicate harmony of sweetness and crisp acidity, treading a fine line but doing it well. (JH)" (5/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From very pebbly loess soils, the 2014 Riesling Kabinett Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl opens with a very clear and flinty bouquet of white fruits. Round and piquant on the palate, this is a light and lovely, juicy and spicy Riesling with a nice purity, but also a sensual sweetness that is just perfectly intertwined with the stony salinity of this quaffable Riesling. (SR ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very clear and subtle slate and floral aromas along with peach and orange flavors on the nose lead the feinherb 9.5% 2013 Josephshöfer Riesling Kabinett to a juicy and piquant, light-footed and lingering salty wine with a stimulating finish. This is surely one of the winner wines in the 2013 portfolio of the estate. (SR)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Josephshöfer is a small, 4 hectare monopole vineyard acquired by the Kesselstatt counts in 1858. The site of a former monestary, the steeply sloped vineyard is situated on the river directly between the larger Wehlener Sonnenuhr ... 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!"
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
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
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)
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Picked with 81° Oechsle, and bottled with 19 grams of residual sugar and 9.36% alcohol, the 2014 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (AP #16) has a bright lemon color and offers raisiny flavors... The wine is nicely sweet and piquant on the palate, as well as light and mineral, and finishes with a stimulating salinity. Good length. (SR)" (3/2016)
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 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!
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)
90 points Wine & Spirits: "It’s easy to get distracted by this wine’s delicacy—the pretty lemon aromas and gauzy, transparent fruit flavors—and not notice the stony notes underneath. But stay with it and those earth tones develop, providing surprising length and firmness. Treat it gently." (12/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Picked on October 17 and bottled with the 9% alcohol plus 36.4 grams residual sugar, the 2013 Riesling Kabinett tastes almost dry. So if you are looking for dry Selbach-Osters in 2013 (which in fact do not exist), take this delicious Kabinett. It is fresh on the nose and offers a bright ...Read More »
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)
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.
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 »
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) Vinous: "As was the case with nearby Wehrheim’s generic 2014 Riesling, this ...Read More »
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
93 points Wine Spectator: "Floral, peach, lime and herb aromas and flavors really sing in this elegant, silky Riesling. Beautifully integrated with the bright structure, showing intensity and length in a seamless, effortless manner. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2035." (04/09) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Elegant aromas of Bing cherry, apple blossom and roasted pine nuts. Sweet, delicate and nonetheless creamy on the palate, with sweet herbs and a touch of vanilla. Lemon curd and slate animate this serious spatlese's ... Read More »
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About the producer: "Selbach-Oster – Mosel with Heart and Soul. Our wines are timeless, just like our vineyards. Our wines are made by individualists for individualists, produced by progressive traditionalists for people who are passionate about wine, and who understand and cherish the value of heritage."
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very fine, bright fruit and fine stone/slate perfume flavors open the noble 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP #23). This is a full-bodied, round, intense, piquant and kicking Wehlener Sonnenuhr with a very juicy and intense sweetness, but a lingering minerality. Very sophisticated and complex, this is extremely promising. Don't drink before 2022, but certainly before you die. (SR)" (3/2016) K&L Notes: 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-southw... Read More »
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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)
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 »
Vinous: "From vines rooted in the same loess and clay mixture for which its 'vom Loesslehm' counterpart is named, and similarly tank-rendered without malo, this bottling represents the cuvée that is sold in export markets with the designation 'Pinot Blanc' rather than 'Weissburgunder trocken.' Juicy apple and sweet corn inhabit a subtly creamy palate, leading into a consummately refreshing finish in which hints of apple pip and toasted nuts add stimulating counterpoint and a touch of wet stone further interest. (DS)" (5/2016) K&L Notes: Quiet, focused, precise, and passionate... Read More »