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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the Drachenstein vineyard far above the village of Rüdesheim the 2013 Dragonstone is a more reductive and aromatic style of Riesling offering brilliant fruit aromas of white peach, pineapples, ripe apples, and lemons all mingling with a cool and slate-like aromatic background enhanced with herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate the wine starts sweet but the sweetness is directly absorbed by the mineral piquancy that characterizes the wine even more and takes it over the tongue into a salivating finish of great delicacy and elegance. This is pure and piq ...Read More »
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 »
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.
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."
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."
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The bright, high-toned 2013 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese needs a warm-up to show its character that intertwines apples, lemons and floral aromas with white peach and finest mineral aromas on the quite complex and lovely pure nose. Grown on a deep loess soil this Spätlese is luscious and libidinous, a romance if not a love affair for your palate. Medium-bodied and lighthearted, this is a very pure and piquant Riesling with a lovely, stimulating sappiness and a lingering as well as salivating salinity in the finish. Has this wine ever been so good ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
This refreshing German pink is made from 95% Pinot Meunier and 5% Portugieser, has just a minute touch of residual sugar, which makes is a stellar pairing for something spicy. Bright and aromatic red fruits carry all the way through to the core of this refreshing and quaffing rosé. Fantastic with spicy grilled sausages or even a watermelon, arugula and feta salad.
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.
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 »
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 Riesling and slate flavor as well as a piquant and mineral taste of pure Riesling. To be honest, this is a lovely wine indeed. You don’t need to care about the analytic data, but if you want to you have to accept 8.9 grams of acidity." (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "Lush and ripe, with golden ra ...Read More »
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)
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 of t... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
(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."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett has much more finesse than the Thanisch Kabinett but with 80 grams of residual sugar it's even sweeter. Its piquancy and mineral character lends it a stunning purity and promises a great aging potential. (SR)" (2/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "A touch of pollen adds earthy funk to pristine white blossom and pear notes on this brisk, invigorating wine. Searing acid swipes through the midpalate, but the delicate hints of sweet yellow-cherry persist through the finish." (2/2015) K&L Notes: Mosel Fine Wine: "This big full-bodied wine behaves really ... Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "A crisp and tensile style, with focused savoriness to the green apple, Meyer lemon and ripe lime flavors. Shows coiled acidity midpalate, leading to a slate- and sea salt—infused finish." (12/2014)
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
The second largest wine estate in Germany, Juliusspital was founded in 1576 as a monastery and the main building still functions as a non-profit hospice to this day. This sustainable VDP producer farms mainly Silvaner. This silvaner is farmed from limestone soils with a slope of 45%. The wine is fermented in stainless steel followed by aging for several months on its lees in large neutral oak barrels.
Made from a careful selection of Riesling using the methode champenois, this delightful sparkler is fresh and zippy. Stone fruit, herbs and white flowers abound in this alluring bubbly. Perfect as an aperitif or alongside some spicy Thai food.
Antonio Galloni: "Also recommended. (JP)" (3/2015) K&L Notes: Praise from Vinous for the winery's 2013 vintage: "'I am very pleased with the 2013s,' explained Johannes Selbach. 'It was a lot of work for only a fraction of a normal crop,' he told me as we were retasting some of his Rieslings earlier this year, 'but they have matured even better than I had thought at harvest.' After the excellent 2012s, this is another good effort from this estate in Zeltingen, capped by two Ausleses from small plots in his finest vineyards, Anrecht and Schmitt, and a stunning Trockenbeerenauslese. Like... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Partly fermented in stainless steel, partly in fuder, the 2013 Riesling is a fresh, floral-scented selection of different vineyards offering a spring-like bouquet. Light-footed on the palate, this is a filigreed and racy Mosel classic that is somewhere between dry and sweet and very well balanced. It has a mineral character, but is also fruity in a discreet way." (2/2015)
Vinous Media: "After her father’s retirement, 2012 was Cecilia Jost’s first official vintage as the managing director of this old family estate. She was not dealt an easy hand but can be happy with the results...these Rieslings are always a pleasure to drink." (JP) 03/2015. From the winemaker: "Classic slate Riesling with pronounced minerality, elegance and ease. A crisp wine with balanced fruit and acidity, well suited to drinking just for pleasure."
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, but new cellars and house have been built on the outskirts of Trittenheim. Stefan has been managing the estate since 1987, after completing his viticulture studies and practical experience in Trier and Bad Kreuznach. Stefan Bollig's wines are stylish, crisp and classic with a fine fruity elegance and good mineral content, not showing excessive sweetness.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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)
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: "Not your common-or-garden Kabinett, the Doosberg does not mind pairing the cool flavour of citrus fruit with a dash of quinine and a generous salty lick. Uncompromisingly dry and with a serious mineral contribution. (MS)" (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bright citrus colored, the 2013 Doosberg Kabinett trocken fermented in a 2400 liter Doppelstück and opens with a very subtle and fresh aroma of cool, bright fruit and discreet earthy notes. Light-bodied, this fresh and stimulating, salty Kabinett finishes with a lovely grip. (SR)" (1/2015)
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 »
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)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Aromas of papaya, vanilla custard and hazelnut. The succulent apricot and spice flavors are given shape and life by bright acidity. A serious wine with an austere but pure finish of noteworthy length." (1/2013)
Inventory: San Francisco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Eymaels’ 2009 Riesling trocken - largely from the Nussriegel vineyard - is brightly lemony, invigoratingly saline, and displays hints of underlying pumpkin. A hint of orange rind extends its finish. A glossy texture and welcome, palpable sense of extract keep the acidity here from becoming piquing. I would plan on enjoying this over the next 2-3 years, finding its relative sense of levity and sheer refreshment more than sufficient reasons to prefer it over some of its more ambitious dry siblings. (DS)" (2/2011)
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