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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)
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 »
92 points Wine & Spirits: "The flavors of orange citrus and white peach are delicately poised, turning richer and more tropical on the palate without losing their sense of clarity or finesse. The underlying mineral notes are taut and nervy, adding to the overall impression of vivacity." (4/2011) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This kabinett possesses lovely balance, marrying sweet pineapple aspects with zesty citrus notes. The fruit is lush to the point of slightly covering the underlying minerality, but remains clean and racy on the finish. (JC)" (6/2011) 90 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant, linear Riesling, sporting mineral, orange and sp ...Read More »
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 »
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: "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 »
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 »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale golden yellow. Mango, tangerine and a hint of maple syrup on the nose. The apricot fruit and slate flavors are suffused with nuts and honey. Richer, brighter and more elegant than the spÃ¤tlese from the same site. Finishes with alluring length. (JP)" (1/2014) Jancis Robinson: "The Auslese seems more restrained on the nose, possibly due to later bottling. The fruit sees peach, grapefruit and orange in the leading roles, there’s a dash of honey too, but the danger of cloying is avoided by a well-measured dose of acidity. Fresh and lively style of Auslese that invites dri ...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)
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)
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)
The direct neighbor of Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the Sonnenuhr of Zelting shares very similar sun exposure and steepness. The difference is within the soil itself; there is a layer of firm slate that the roots hit, allowing them to find a little less water than those planted at their big brother to the north. These wines tend to have a little touch of smokiness to them and have a rounder profile with softer acidity.
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 »
95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale golden yellow. Restrained aromas of yellow plum, quince jelly and acacia honey, with a hint of spicy botrytis. Pure, rich and complex on the palate, with subtle nut oil and brown spice notes giving a lightness to the creamy custard flavor. The lift and delicacy persist on the bright, stylish, succulent and very long finish." (1/2007) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Slightly reduced in aroma, yet very pure and delicate, showing apple and peach notes, with a touch of herb and mineral. Gossamer in texture, with a spine of acidity, ending with a mouthwatering finish. Needs time. ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Leesy and sulfury, this wine is fully possessed of the 'Prüm stink', yet equally obvious is its incredible intensity and depth. Waves of tropical fruit--think guava and pineapple--cascade over the palate, yet the sweetness is beautifully balanced by acidity. Tremendously concentrated and long on the finish, this should easily live 20 years or more." (6/2007) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of lilac and hot slate after a rain segue into vivid peach and lime flavors. Has great definition and grace, with resonant energy and something in reserve. Lovely, silky texture. The fine, miner ...Read More »
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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 »
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)
This estate has been in the hands of the Müller family since 1797. The Müller family owns 8.3 hectares of the 28 hectares of the famous Scharzhofberg vineyard. The family exploits their single vineyard holding to the fullest, and consequently are ranked among the region's top wine producers. Egon Müller also belongs to Primum Familiae Vini, a small group of elite family owned producers where he is the only German member. All Müller wines are Rieslings; Scharzhof is the property’s most accessible wine. It is made utilizing grapes from Müller's Saarburg an... Read More »
From the winery: "The true 'terroir-ists' among the Rieslings are the dry late harvest wines made from largely healthy grapes with a maximum of 13% vol. alcohol. These wines reflect their origins particularly impressively and are the right partners for almost any menu. They are harvested towards the end of autumn, much later than the Kabinett wines. This is particularly conducive to the development of the aroma. In addition to the dry variations, we also make medium dry and fruity-sweet late harvest wines. We recommend these to accompany Asian food espec... Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Easygoing aromas of cling peach, sweet lime and wild herbs. The rich depth of velvety passion fruit is animated by an elegant acid backbone that gives the wine poise. Ends on a delicately spicy note. (JP)" (1/2014) K&L Notes: Enjoying a little less sun in the morning and more sun in the afternoon, the wines from Bernkasteler Badstube, which border those of the Graacher Himmelreich, tend to be just a bit lighter and more delicate than those of its neighbor.
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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Subtle intimations of wet stone and alkalinity shade pear and quince preserves already in the nose of Selbachs’ 2009 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Schmitt. A luscious effusion of Persian melon, quince, pear, and grapefruit rushes over stones and glistening minerals with a cooling and refreshing personality that utterly belies the presence of significant botrytis. And neither the sheer ripeness of raw material nor overt richness here precludes levity and animation. Herbal high tones, musk, and brown spices add appeal to a finish of salivary gland-massagi ...Read More »
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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 importer Terry Theise: "For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been rated the best site in the Nahe and is therefore the bench mark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. This site takes its name from a small mine (Höhle which actually means “cave”) in the middle of the hillside. Hermann comes Herms, the Greek guardian of messengers and travelers, which might indicate that at one point this was an area of ancient worship. The soils are mostly black slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone."
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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.
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 slatem 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.
The Erdener Prälat is often regarded as one of the top vineyard sites in the Mosel. It sits right on top of the river with steep vertical angles and a perfect southern exposure. It is a relatively small vineyard with only a handful of producers laying claim to it. Being so small and steep, and with the red slate soils retaining the day's heat, you will rarely see anything but Spätlese or higher from here--typically Auslese or higher. It is an impressive site to see and has been one of my favorites for many years. The wines always give off explosive aroma... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Precise and crisp, exhibiting a rich array of luscious peach, apricot and pear tart flavors, featuring plenty of pastry notes. A powerful minerally element extends on the spice- and slate-filled finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made. (KM)" (4/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Issuing entirely from the Bockenauer Felsenberg, and specifically featuring some less sun-exposed parcels recently acquired with this style of wine in mind, Schafer-Frohlich’s 2011 Bockenauer Riesling Kabinett boasts a, for its vintage, amazingly high 9 grams/liter of acidity, though that doesn’t stick ...Read More »
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leitz's 2013 Rudesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen from a small terrace vineyard above the Berg Schlossberg is classified as "VDP Grosse Lage" but not allowed – and never meant – to be presented as Grosses Gewächs because it is – analytically – not dry although it tastes dry much as it has every year since 2004. Picked from 70+-year-old vines on stony red slate and quartzite soils the must fermented to 12.5% of alcohol and 11.9 grams of residual sugar and presents itself as a full, juicy, medium-bodied and fruit intense Riesling with a live ...Read More »
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: "The 2013 Riesling Spatlese Niederhauser Hermannshohle is clear, pure and mineral on the nose, displaying lemon juice and crushed slate rocks, really refreshing. Sweet, rich and piquant on the palate, this is a vibrant and salty wine full of intensity, finesse and purity, quite young and firmly structured, very expressive and long. So salty! (SR)" (1/2015) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Intense floral aromas, paired with pineapple, wild herbs and lemon oil. A delicate interplay of ripe citrus fruits and salty minerality sets a distinguished tone. Refined, expressive and elegant on the fi ...Read More »
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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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs is very clear and subtle on the nose but rich and powerful on the palate, so quite sweet at the moment and less transparent and finesse-full than the Höllenpfad but dense, concentrated, piquant, powerful and persistent. It is expressive but still very young. 93+ points. (SR)" (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "The Felsenberg exhibits one of the most intricate fragrances of any of the 2013 Grosse Gewächse with aromas of hay, meadow flowers, yellow fruit and the merest of herbal notions. Add to this a mouth-watering aci ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "The nose is pungently assaulted by orange and lemon rinds, bruised apple, lavender and peat-like smokiness. Firmer in feel than its two immediate Grosses Gewächs siblings, this takes a stony, rather austere turn in its undeniably gripping and formidably piquant finish. The sense of palpable extract richness with buoyancy borne of modest alcohol is especially striking here. This definitely needs time. (DS)" (5/2016)
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)
Jancis Robinson: "Bittersweet fruit and supercharged acidity - a model of the Mosel. Almost austere thanks to the tension and fruit quality, but there is a gravity and density that rewards attention. 17.5/20 points. (RH)" (9/2015)
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.
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)