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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 »
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.
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.
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 »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and filled with dried apple and baked pear flavors that feature plenty of custard and lemon curd notes. Accents of dried sage and mint on the pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only—2016)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Estate Rheingau Riesling Trocken has a clear and quite intense white peach flavor on the nose. Piquant and very juicy, this medium-bodied wine has a good fruit intensity and ripeness. Well done. (SR)" (12/2015) Vinous: "Unusually for a dry Gutsriesling of its vintage, this bottling sourced from a range of Oestrich sites was not chaptalized, yet reached ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling Kabinett Oberhäuser Leistenberg is cool, fresh and just ripe on the pure and elegant nose. Gentle and smooth, but also piquant and salty on the palate, this is a light and fruity, well balanced Kabinett with ripe acidity and a pure and salty, very stimulating finish. In a few words: round and juicy, but extremely stimulating and light. As father Hermann Dönnhoff once said, 'The Leistenberg is not the wine with the highest must weight, but it's always our finest wine.' (SR)" (12/2015) Vinous: "White peach, fresh fig and apple are signaled on the n ...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 »
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: "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)
We are very excited to present the Kalinda Rheingau Riesling. The wine comes from one of the top producers in the Rheingau who pay 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, necterine and a hint of lanonlin. This off-dry riesling is balanced by loads of acidity and is the perfect pairing for spicy or fatty foods. (Olivia Ragni K&L Wines Germany liaison)
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 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.
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 »
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 »
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: "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.
Inventory: Redwood City
According to the importer: "For purists, there is nothing like the Saar – it is arguably one of the greatest, most unique wine-growing regions on earth. The core of greatness in the Saar is intensity without weight, grandiosity without size. Frank Schoonmaker put it best in his 1956 tome The Wines of Germany: “In these great and exceedingly rare wines of the Saar, there is a combination of qualities which I can perhaps best describe as indescribable – austerity coupled with delicacy and extreme finesse, an incomparable bouquet, a clean, very attractive h... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
90 points Wine Spectator: "Very fruity and open-textured, featuring red peach, apricot and ripe apple flavors that are well-spiced. Shows plenty of honeyed notes on the fat finish, with accents of sage. Drink now through 2028. 25 cases imported. (KM)" (4/2016)
From importer Terry Theise: "Pure spice essence here. Garrigue, char, kiwi, even wasabi or ginger; the finish is positively drenched with extract, which joins with acidity to just sizzle away any sweetness. Perhaps the best wine I tasted from Uerzig vineyards."
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: "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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
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.
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
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)
92 points Vinous: "A head-turning nose of cherry and apple with their flowers incorporates intimations of mint and cress. This combination serves for a succulently fruity and coolingly herbal impression on the silky mid-palate that simultaneously invigorates thanks to nips of fruit pit, pips and cress. Prominent sweetness complements the wine’s effusive fruitiness while its piquant and incisive elements supply welcome contrast leading into a lusciously lingering finish. (DS)" (5/2016) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Intense lemon-lime and grapefruit flavors are accented by red peach and wild cherry notes t ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Spicy, clear and herbal, with stony and slightly tropical, nicely concentrated fruit flavors, the 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett has remarkable finesse; it comes along as a very clear, straight, piquant and mineral, firmly structured and rather medium-dry tasting Kabinett. The wine has a long and intensely fruity, as well as salty and piquant finish. This is excellent Kabinett with terroir expression, although it was bottled with 45 grams of unfermented sugar (9% alcohol). (SR)" (3/2016)
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
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 »
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In 2014 the Dönnhoffs bottled two different Spätlese Rieslings from their family cru Hermannshöhle. The regular 2014 Riesling Spätlese Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle shows a clear and aristocratic bouquet of great finesse. On the palate, this wine is so deliciously ripe, piquant, fine and elegant that it is almost mind-blowing. This is great and extremely cool, precise, finesse-full, frisky, filigreed and light-hearted, though still a serious Spätlese with a stimulatingly piquant finish. A great Spätlese -- one of the finest I had in 2015. (SR)" (12/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This ...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 the importer: "Pechstein means 'pitch stone'--like tar--and it refers to the igneous rock basalt that comprises this site. The topsoil consists of sandy-loam but the subsoil is dominated by basalt, shards of which are rements of the mines that used to exist here over a hundred years ago. It was thought back then that the dark rocks would retain the sun’s heat and ripen the grapes, and so they were intentionally scattered throughout the vineyard by hand. Now, with climate change, this man-made terroir intervention seems curious. This is decidedly... Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fresh and limey, the 11.5% alcohol 2013 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling is a rather lean, elegant and very mineral-scented interpretation of this cru with almond cake aromas on the nose. Straight, juicy and salty-mineral on the palate, this firmly structured wine reveals a great purity and intensity and is a fascinating "dry“ (please accept 15 grams of residual sugar here as trocken) interpretation Goldtröpfchen and I almost can’t stop drinking it. (SR)" (2/2015)
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)
German Winemaker of the Year (2011) Johannes Leitz continues the tradition of winemaking started by his grandfather, Josef. In his time at the helm, he has expanded the vineyard holdings to over 40 hectares of 100% Riesling vines.
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)
Jancis Robinson: "Racy and pure with very mountain-stream fruit though not especially concentrated. Very well delineated." (9/2015) K&L Notes: The village of Lieser is located amidst the beautiful scenery of the Mosel Valley next to the famous old town of Bernkastel-Kues. The village's landmark is the mighty castle, the Schloss Lieser, which was built from slate between 1885 and 1895. Highest quality standards combined with very good vintages and high praise from the press during the 1990s brought the estate Schloss Lieser back to the top of the Riesling estates in Germany. Thomas Haa... 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 »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs is a fascinating Riesling with a transparent and flinty/minerally and slightly citric nose, very clear, bright and complex. The palate is rich and juicy, quite round and mellow but also piquant, spicy, tension-full and intense. This is a great, powerful wine full of potential. To be served in 5 years from now. (SR)" (1/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Never the biggest puncher among the Grosse Gewächse, the Dellchen tends to state its case through elegance and finesse, and in this way 2013 does not differ from preceding vintages. ...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. (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 »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An enticing and haunting nose of buddleia, heliotrope, pear and quince in Weil's 2011 Kiedricher Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese migrates to a silken palate with overripe fruit and liquid-perfumed intensity, underlying suggestions of chalk and stone as well as an allusion to green herbal essences combining for a metaphorically cool streak that meets up with hints of honey and caramel in a long, buoyant, soothing, yet somehow also refreshing finish. Like its immediate siblings, this Spatlese takes its high residual sugar in stride and tucks it away in the fi ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Jancis Robinson: "RS 80 g/l. Lovely greengage and lime fruit. Extreme purity, and then a more mineral character on the palate. Sweet and lemony on the palate and all that richness balanced by high acidity. (JH)" (6/2014) Vinous: "Effusive aromas of black cherry, passion fruit and lemon oil. Vanilla custard studded with tropical fruits and a hint of nutmeg dominate the luscious palate. Displaying pure minerality on a dynamic finish, this is a satisfying Spätlese. (JPB)" (3/2015)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
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."
90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a raciness to the pure-tasting flavors of fresh-cut green apple and white currant, with grapefruit accents. Hints of mustard greens show on the richly spiced finish. Drink now through 2034. 35 cases imported." (12/2014)
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)