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Jancis Robinson: "Quite rich and savoury - definitely not in the floral spectrum that I suspect some would expect of a Riesling. Bone dry - very much for the German market! Naked and unadorned. Pungent and well made but definitely for the converted? (JR)" (5/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Trocken (named 'Just Riesling' in Germany) is based on the youngest vines of the domaine and reflects the purity and crystallinity of the Gut Hermannsberg terroirs, which are only located in grands crus. Provided with ripe apple flavors, this light to medium-bodied Riesling is dry, straight and p ...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.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "While initially a bit earthy and savory on the nose, this ethereal kabinett abounds in fruity, floral complexities. Cutting and spry, its sweet, tangy citrus and stone-fruit flavors seem to dance nervously on the palate. It's nuanced and minerally, with a deliciously salty finish. (AI)" 91 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and rich, with concentrated green peach and grapefruit flavors accented by notes of wet stone. Tropical details emerge on the minerally finish alongside hints of smoke. (KM)" (11/2016)
Inventory: San Francisco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rheingau Riesling trocken Eins Zwei Dry is very clear, fresh and stony on the nose, a classic Rheingau Riesling with bright, fine and citric fruit aromas intertwined with crushed stone flavors. The racy attack on the palate is followed by a pure and salty taste, and a pretty intense and aromatic finish with a very nice phenolic grip. This Rheingau Riesling is refreshingly pure, straight and dry, and its acidity is mercilessly Riesling-like." (10/2016) K&L Notes: A wonderfully dry, but not mouth-searing, style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attri... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Trocken has a clear, fresh and open bouquet followed by a refreshingly pure and piquant, nicely juicy and charmingly fruity palate. This wine was bottled at the end of September with 58 milligrams of sulfur (total) and just 10.4% alcohol. (SR)" (3/2017) K&L Notes: From Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2015er Estate Riesling Trocken comes from the Estate’s secondary vineyards (Pündericher Goldberg, Rosenberg and the east-facing part of the Pündericher Marienburg) as well as declassified fruit from its 'Grand Cru' vineyards. It offers a gorgeous nose of grapefr... Read More »
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. Ever since secularization under Napoleon, there have been three prominent Spindler wineries in the tiny village but terroir powerhouse Forst, the legacy of a generation spent under ...Read More »
Karl Erbes and his son Stefan run this estate that was established in 1967. The estate consists of five hecatres of land in Ürziger Würzgarten and Erdener Treppchen. All of their vines are ungrafted and the oldest are 70-80 years old. The wines are vinified traditionally in neutral oak barrels.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese (AP #87 16) is pure and precise on the nose. Super ripe, but clear and healthy Riesling flavors, as well as some tropical fruit flavors (mainly pineapples), are displayed. On the palate, the wine is very lucid, piquant and intense, revealing a great precision and lovely concentration. The acidity is racy, but ripe and will perfectly integrate into the lush and fruity texture. Pure and salty in the finish, this is a Spätlese that can compete with the best from the Mosel. Great tension and finesse here ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A kaleidoscope of sweet, sun-kissed fruit, this dazzling kabinett offers an array of glazed grapefruit, tangerine and stone fruit flavors. It's exceptionally light and airy in texture but penetrates deeply. Spry acidity and a sheen of crushed minerals freshens the midpalate, guiding a clean, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2021 to enjoy its youthful exuberance." K&L Notes: Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wine estates in the world, with documented wine records going back to 1211.
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 »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Trocken opens with a clear, ripe, fascinating and aromatic stone fruit aroma along with remarkably spicy, flinty and herbal flavors. Bottled with 11.5% alcohol, this is a rather light but intensely aromatic and salty Riesling with a charming roundness and stimulating piquancy. It is very enjoyable already today. (SR)" (12/2016)
91 points Vinous: "Exuberant aromas of ripe apricot, pine nuts, wild herbs and sweet lime. Crisp nectarine fruit and succulent texture are juxtaposed here with refreshing clarity. A touch austere but bright and pleasingly spicy on the clean finish. (JP)" (1/2014)
Winemaker's Notes: "This Riesling is a Cuvée made from early harvests in our 5 steep-slope vineyards. We believe the success of this wine, our most popular, is a consistent, well-balanced, dry to off-dry wine with pleasant mineral qualities. A fresh, delicate Riesling with a sparkling, balanced acidity and mineral quality. Fermentation is 50% in oak fuders, 50% in stainless-steel."I was really taken by this wine at a recent tasting. It is a perfect example of a "mineral driven" wine. For those who either doubt the claims of minerality in wine, or for tho... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and intense, with well-spiced flavors of ripe melon, apple, pear and white berries, backed by crunchy acidity. Hints of smoke show on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2021. 800 cases made." (3/2017)
92 points Wine & Spirits: "This is Martin Kerpen’s most prized vineyard, a fact he highlights with the artist’s label that graces this bottling. Vinified in füder, the 2015 is rich and full bodied, although it’s not particularly sweet. Rather, it’s almost tannic in its lemon-pith power, with mineral spunk and intense acidity. Give it a couple years to relax, or serve with richer dishes, like monkfish in brown butter." (12/2016)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Trocken offers a coolish, clear and very precise bouquet; there are stony and leafy flavors intertwined with white stone fruit and ripe lemon aromas. Dry, medium-bodied, very elegant and nicely piquant on the palate, this is a tightly woven, very well focused and perfectly balance Riesling. It is aromatics and juicy with stone fruit, passion fruit and mango flavors in the persistent, stimulatingly salty finish. It's a pleasure to drink this wine today, but it will certainly benefit from further bottle aging. ...Read More »
94 points Mosel Fine Wines: "Quite shy and even non-saying at first, this only gradually reveals gorgeously elegant and beautifully integrated scents of cassis, grapefruit, pear and flowery herbs on the nose. The wine proves finely spiced on the palate and oozes freshness and elegance as zesty acidity provides focus to the brilliant core of minerals running through the wine. The wine is still on the backward side, both flavor wise and in the finish but the balance and elegance are simply stunning. This will need time to develop aromatically but should th... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Bottled early April. Very intense floral nose and good balance on the palate - not too austere. Lots to enjoy here. Very fluid and flavourful." (4/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wittmann's 2015 Riesling Trocken displays clear, warm and super-ripe. white fruit aromas along with sweet blossom and floral flavors on the nose. Round and quite powerful on the palate, but also pure and mineral, this is a rich and fruit-intense wine. This is a good indicator what to expect from Wittmann's 2015 range. (SR)" (8/2016)
Located in the heart of Trier, this is a winery with a social mission--since 1804, thanks to Napoleon. Originally founded to help fund St. Jakobs Hospital, the winery still partly finances nursing home and hospital care. The sekt brut is a bottle-fermented sparkling Riesling. From Mosel Fine Wines: "90 points. The 2014er Riesling Sekt Extra Brut was kept on its lees for 15-18 months and bottled without any dosage. A gorgeous nose of spices, pineapple, mint, anise and herbs leads to a superb playful Sekt on the palate with nice fresh fruits including yell... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "Brimming with ripe peach, pear and grapefruit aromas, this wine combines power and delicacy in a way that's hard to resist, and the finish has a wonderful elegance. The track record of this producer suggests long ageing potential." (10/2016)
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Citrus-colored, the 2015 Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken opens with a somewhat creamy flavor before ripe seed fruit aromas intermix with notes of wet and milled stones. The attack on the palate is very racy, fresh and pure, and the wine reveals a lot of citric flavors intermixed with stone flavors. Medium-bodied and pure but intense, this is a very straight, fresh and grippy, dry Riesling. It has a mouthwatering astringency in the finish. Remarkably fresh and pure for a 2015. A very expressive cool-climate Riesling that gives me an almost Canadian feeling. ...Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "Golden raisin flavors fill this pale wine, notes of peach, plum and pear bringing more freshness. It feels light for a starred Auslese, but will be delicious with washed-rind cheese." (12/2016)
This estate, which dates back to 1875, cultivates 222 acres of Riesling using organic methods and hand harvesting. Tasting notes from the importer: "The Estate Spätlese is sourced from parcels that neighbor the estate’s classified single-vineyard sites. It also includes pre-selection fruit from the top sites, which gives the wine an extra dimension of fruit and mineral intensity. It is made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines, and is designed to showcase Spätlese’s riper, richer style from late... Read More »
Winemaker's Notes: "A light, fresh bouquet of blooming flowers characterizes this delicate, quaffable Riesling. 100% Riesling from our own Taubenhaus vineyard. Vinification was 100% in stainless-steel vats."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the upper part in the Drachenstein and grown on quartzite, the 2014 Rheingau Riesling Dragonstone has a clear bouquet with mushroom and discreet pineapple aromas, as well as a piquant, juicy, lovely, mineral taste. Light to medium-bodied this is quite long and tension-filled Riesling with just a touch of sweetness. (SR)" (12/2015) 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 – ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese is clear, fresh and coolish, almost reductive on the very precise nose. This is a mouth-filling Spätlese that is round and generous on the palate, with a lush fruit texture and piquant acidity. It has a creamier texture and fine, well-integrated acidity that lacks a certain sharpness in the finish though. This is a pretty, powerful and complex Spätlese with grip and tension as well. 92+ (SR)" (12/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. Very sculpted and precise on the nose. Some tart pear-juice quality - very fruity - and still unfo ...Read More »
Among the oldest in the Rheingau, the Spreitzer estate was founded in 1641. Today, it's sustainably farmed by Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer and wines are made with natural settling and one filtration before bottling.
From the importer: "The Mosel estate of Weingut von Hövel has quite some history. It is housed in ancient monastic buildings that were once part of the St. Maximin Abbey, and includes cellars that were constructed in the 12th century. The estate has been family owned since 1803, and is now led by Eberhard von Kunow with Hermann Jäger filling the role of winemaker. They own three hectares of vines in the renowned Scharzhofberger vineyard in Wiltingen, although their reputation is based more on the wines produced from the Hütte vineyard in Oberemmel, whic... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Spätlese Gimmeldingen Mandelgarten is ripe and intense on the nose, and shows nice mineral flavors. Very sweet and light, with a piquant acidity and a good mineral grip on the palate, this is a generous Spätlese with tension, length and stimulating phenols. (SR)" (10/2016)
Winemaker's Notes: "The "Goldgrube" our grand cru comes from the best plots and oldest vines (up to 100 years old!) of the Wolfer Goldgrube and is literally the quintessencial wine of this slope; with a rich spectrum of flavors that include tropical hints, it is complex, deep and focused. it boasts a remarkable mineralic backbone and a great ageing potential."
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More fruit-concentrated on the nose compared to the Frühlingsplätzchen, the 100% barrel fermented (3500 l oak barrel) 2013 Monzinger Halenberg Riesling trocken is richer with strong mineral notes from the slate and quartzite soils emerging only after a little bit of aeration. This is quite a rich, juicy and full-bodied Riesling with ripe fruit expression and a long mineral finish. It is firmly structured and quite piquant and needs definitely some years to relax.It is still a little bit underdeveloped but has a great potential to age. (SR)" (1/2015) Vinous: "Sweet ...Read More »
Winery Notes: "A pure and bright bouquet of apricot, peach, litchi, ripe fruit aromas. Elegance and complexity on the palate, long flavors, well-balanced, rich and mineral. Weingut Gessinger joined the Bernkastel Ring in 1899 and for years their wines only appeared at their September auction. Gessinger is quite small, less than 2,000 cases and all his whites are 100% Riesling planted on Devon Slate which is considered to be best soil type of the area."
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Run by Sebastian A. Prum's grandson Raimund since 1971, this Riesling is made from grapes grown entirely on the gray slate soils, with a significant amount of tin, that gives the wines from Wehlener Sonnenuhr a unique minerality.
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Stephan Reinhardt writes: "Von Winning's 2015 Rieslings from Deidesheim are round, luscious and fruit intense, quite powerful and already accessible. The Forster, however, take their time—as usual. They are coolish and discreet on the nose, but really complex on the palate and demanding for longer bottle aging."
93 points Wine Spectator: "A juicy style, with intense apricot, white currant and crunchy apple flavors, supported by supple acidity. Offers a complex mix of spice and fruit tart notes midpalate. The finish lingers with honeyed accents. Drink now through 2032. (KM, Insider-11/2016)"
Jancis Robinson: "The shell limestone of Oestrich favours the fruitier side of Riesling and the Spreitzer brothers have managed to coax some alluring citrus-fruit aromas out of the 2015 vintage. Sweet grapefruit with animating acidity produces a delightfully refreshing character. Charming and seductive. (MS)" (5/2016)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Felsenberg Riesling GG is from volcanic soils and a more narrow part of the valley where the fog stays longer than in Bockenau or Monzingen, so that the smoother skin leads Tim to an earlier picking. The wine opens very precise and flinty, but also fruity, with some yeasty flavors. It seems to be darker or more smoky flavored than the corresponding Kupfergrube. On the palate, this is a rich, very concentrated, precise and piquant Riesling with a long and intense aftertaste. The wine combines its ripe apple flavors with flinty aromas and shows gr ...Read More »