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95 points Bob Campbell: "Full-flavoured Riesling with lime/citrus, orange blossom, apricot, mineral and delicate nut and toast flavours. Subtle sweetness is balanced by deliciously fruity acidity to give the wine an exquisite tension and energy." 93-94 points Raymond Chan: "Brilliant, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The nose is soft and voluminous with a refined array of beautifully and harmoniously interwoven aromas of lime fruit with yellow florals and honey, along with some toasty secondary complexities. Medium in sweetness, the palate is gently rich and luscious wit ...Read More »
95-96 points James Suckling: "Very pure lemons and limes here that are concentrated, stony and fragrant. There's very pure fruit focus here, as this has the right balance of acid and texture. It's smooth, fleshy, dense, really deep and will drink early and live long." (5/2015) K&L Notes: A brand new release from perennial favorite Pewsey Vale Vineyard. This single vineyard site has been producing Riesling since it was first planted in 1847; the current owners replanted in the 1960's with cuttings from those original vines. The vineyard sits at around 1600ft in elevation; this altitude provides co... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of petrol, dried mango and lemon. Full-bodied, round and rich with flint and mineral character. Finish is dry and has a silky texture." (9/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #49, Top 100 Wines of 2014* The piercing acidity and pronounced minerality weave a fine tapestry in this lovely Riesling, supporting flavors of white peach, slivered almond, lemon confit and oyster shell with a long, mouthwatering finish." (11/2014) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wonderfully aromatic wine that’s bone dry, fresh and textured. A steely edge gives a mineral, tight character that emphasizes the youth of the wine. Wit ...Read More »
95 points Bob Campbell: "Intensely flavoured Riesling, with strong mineral and lime flavours plus a subtle influence of white rose. A barely discernible hint of sweetness is nicely balanced by a pleasing cut of fruity acidity. Lovely wine with cellaring potential." 93-94 points Raymond Chan: "Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, paler on edge. The nose is very fresh, tightly bound and intensely penetrating with beautifully pure aromas of white florals, lime and lemon fruit, and steely, thirst-quenching mineral and flinty notes. The florals prevail and the nose reveals honeysuckle nuances with ...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 »
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 »
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.
96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of stainless and sliced apple with hints of melons, lemons and spices. Full-bodied, very tight and lean with a gorgeous salinity. Almost a white pepper character. A triumph. A beauty. So dry and intense. Amazing. Drink or hold." (9/2015) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* One of Trimbach’s top wines, this impressive Riesling, with all its bottle time, is maturing beautifully. It has that petrol character that is typical of aged Riesling, as well as a strong sense of steeliness and intense acidity on the finish." (3/2014) 93 points Decanter: "Austere, mineral nose. Fresh, vivid palate is d ...Read More »
Charles Smith is a self-taught winemaker who developed a passion for wine while on the road as a manager for The Ravonettes. In 1999 he moved to Walla Walla and began making wine meant to be enjoyed immediately (the way most people drink today), but still true to the varietal and vineyard. Tasting notes on the 2014 Riesling from the winery: "Crushed minerals run through the heart of this pure and satisfying Riesling. The aromas of white peach, lime leaves, Linden tree, and crush stone echo in the palate with a long, fresh finish."
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 »
96-97 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, very light on rim. This has a refined and softly full nose with concentrated aromas of lifted yellow florals and citrus fruits interwoven with subtle nuances of honeysuckle and thirst-quenching minerals. This has presence and intensity allied to finesse. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, a tight, mouthwatering core of florals, limes and minerals is the feature on palate. The flavours show great purity and focus, enlivened by soft acidity and underlined by refined phenolic textures. This has excellent fruit extract an ...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 of fruitiness to it that makes it an easygoing, quaffable wine for everyday enjoyment. This particular example 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 ... Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Estate-grown 40yo vines, and only free-run juice, gives the wine a flying start. Its intensity is exceptional, driving along the palate with high speed, the Bickford's lime juice flavours running unabated through the finish and well into the lingering aftertaste. An exceptional wine."
93-95 points Raymond Chan: "Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues. The nose is full and lively with bright fruit aromas of jasmine, exotic yellow florals and honeysuckle, along with layers of limes, marmalade, minerals and toast. This has freshness and intensity. Medium in sweetness, the fruit flavours of citrus fruits, yellow florals, honey and toast are rich and concentrated forming a luscious core and very fine-textured line. The mouthfeel is lively with excellent acidity and energy, and the wine flows with plenty of drive, carrying to a very long and sustained fini ...Read More »
This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and marl soil, rich in sandstones and silicas. Look for fresh, grapefruit aromas, a fruity silky palate, and enjoy with shellfish, chicken with light sauces or as an aperitif with cheese. This is a quiet wine with loads of sneaky power. Don't be afraid to cellar for ten years. This will only become more interesting with time. (Eric Story, Alsace Buyer)
93 points James Suckling: "A wonderful riesling with focus and excitement. Sliced apple, spice and mineral. Full body, tangy acidity. Very long and intense. A standard-bearer. Drink or hold." (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "RS 3.8 g/l. Aniseed, fennel, lime juice – excellent concentration and varietal accuracy with a delicious floral character on the finish. Steely, pithy, rich and delicious – a great candidate for ageing." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 50% or 60% purchased grapes from clay and limestone soils, the 2013 Riesling Hugel (or Classic, depending on the market) offers white fruits along with some nutty flav ...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)
Jancis Robinson: "The 101 is a composition of a number of Spreitzer sites, and with its off-dry expression of peach and grapefruit, delicious acidity and just a hint of pith and peel it is a near ideal introduction to the world of Riesling." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With 18 grams per liter of residual sugar the Rheingau Riesling 101 serves the classic off-dry style of Riesling. Sourced from three different top vineyards (Lenchen, Doosberg, Hendelberg) this bright yellow wine offers a high-toned, precise and piquant bouquet. Light-bodied, fresh and fruity, this is a lovely, quaffable Riesli ...Read More »
(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."
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 »
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 »
98 points James Suckling: "Superb aromas of pine needles, minerals, sliced mango and flint. Full-bodied and very ripe with dried fruits such as pineapple, peach and lemon. Fabulous length and seriousness. This is the first vintage of a phenomenal wine with Trimbach. Only 3,000 bottles made." (9/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "So elegant, a wine with just a fine balance. It has creamy apple fruit flavors, hedgerow fruits, with a line of crisp acidity to cut through the fruitiness and give a more mineral edge. It will be worth aging this wine for 2–3 years. Drink after 2014." (10/2014) K&L Notes: This organically grown Alsatian Riesling comes from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the same terroir at the more famous Altenberg Grand Cru - the exposure is just more east-facing than the south-facing Altenberg. Cookie spices typically frame this wine's tropical nose an... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors’ Choice* From 41-year-old vines on just over five estate acres, this is resiny and briny on the nose. A honey-laced creaminess at the core is tensely accentuated by vibrant acidity. Balanced and elegant, with a sunny bite of ripeness, it revels in nuances of fresh and dried apricot while lighter notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit play backup." (5/2015) Wine & Spirits: "A simple, soft Riesling with the linalool scent of the grape (think Froot Loops), this wine’s sweetness is balanced by a touch of dusty skin tannins. Chill it for a spicy Thai curry." (10/2014)
95 points James Halliday: "Elegance is its middle name but there's still a good core of limey fruit. It's a dry, structural style but its moreishness is right up there. Apple blossom and talc flavours aid this impression, as does a line of mouthwatering acidity. It's build to age, arguably, but as a young wine it's delicious." K&L Notes: "Freya" was the foremost goddess of ancient Germanic lands where the Riesling grape originated. This wine honours early German settlers who cultivated the first Riesling vine in the exemplary microclimate of the Barossa’s Eden Valley. Winemaker's Notes: "Aroma... Read More »
95 points Raymond Chan: "Hand-picked and sorted fruit, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 10.5% alc. and 25 g/L RS, TA 8.6 g/L and pH 2.9. Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is extremely elegant and tightly bound, the aromatics a little shy initially, unveiling beautifully delicate aromas of white florals intermixed with subtle lime fruits and wet-stone minerals. This has poise, detail and piquant vitality. Medium-dry to medium in sweetness and light-bodied, tightly bound and refined flavours of white florals and mouthwatering ...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 »
94 points James Suckling: "A wine with density and richness plus dried apple and honey character. Full body, excellent fruit. Long and rich finish." (9/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, with petrol on the nose and crackling acidity on the palate, this racy, linear white shows fine integration overall and flavors of crunchy white peach, salted almond, lemon curd and ground ginger" (3/2015)
93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and powerful, with a suave savoriness to the glistening flavors of red peach, Fuji apple and Asian pear. Hints of anise and notes of tarragon linger on the creamy and complex finish. Drink now through 2035." (12/2014) 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." (6/2014)
94 points Vinous: "A regal, flamboyant wine, Tatomer's 2013 Riesling Kick-On Ranch possesses fabulous aromatic intensity, beautifully layered fruit and exceptional overall balance. Six grams of residual sugar gives the wine an extra dimension of breadth to match its superb varietal definition. The Kick On does not have any botrytis, nor is it aged in oak; rather the richness and textures are the result of ten hours of skin contact, which really seems to draw out the flavors and textures. These might be the very finest wines I have tasted from Graham Tatomer. Although Tatom ...Read More »
With residual sugar of just 3.9 grams/liter and total acidity of 5.4 grams/liter, here's a traditional, dry Alsatian Riesling with distinctive citrus notes and minerality. Great for grilled fish.
92 points Vinous: "Fresh bouquet of pear, apple blossom and lemon zest. Delicately sweet on the palate, offering an attractive interplay of apricot pit and brisk citricity. The appealing finish offers lipsmacking elegance. This finely chiseled, picture-book Kabinett is my call for the single best value of the 2013 vintage in Germany." (3/2015) Wine Spectator: "Very creamy, with exuberant apple pastry and lemon curd flavors accented by rich notes of dried mango. The lush finish is smooth and silky. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only - 2014)"
95 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on edge. The nose is elegant and very refined, with tightly bound, pure and pristine aromas of delicate lime fruit, white florals, rain water, wet-stones and thirst-quenching minerals. The aromatics exude finesse, near-austerity and beauty. Dry to taste and refined in presentation, subtle lime, floral and minerally fruit flavours show with utter purity. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with very fine phenolics guiding the flow, enlivened by ripe, soft acidity providing great poise an ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
From importer David Bowler: "Gebling is technically an Erste Lage Vineyard, but Buchegger cannot claim it on the label because he does not charge enough for the wine, making it a great value. Gebling is widely regarded as one of the best vineyards in the Kremstal region. It is planted on a steep, terraced hillside at 850 feet above sea level facing directly south. The soil there is conglomerate and the vines are 43 years old, producing low yields of very high quality fruit." (www.bowlerwine.com)
93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Riesling Vandenberg is endowed with crystalline purity and nuance, along with a touch of botrytis-inflected texture that adds to its considerable personality. This is another strong showing from Graham Tatomer. As always, the Vandenberg is picked in multiple passes and has some elements of botrytis. The 2013 finished with 9 grams of sugar. This is another wonderfully complete, expressive wine from Graham Tatomer. These might be the very finest wines I have tasted from Graham Tatomer. Although Tatomer has made his name with German/Austrian variet ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Beautifully pure apple fruit plays on nose and palate. Citrus juice frames the fruit and heightens the freshness even more. If you like a slender, supercrisp style of Riesling, the purity of this will have you hooked." (7/2015)
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 »
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)
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
Wine Enthusiast: "This perfumed wine is very dry but has delicious and fragrant fruitiness. A slight steely character adds complexity and structure. Made from biodynamically farmed grapes, it is ready to drink." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "Streamlined, this is dry and focused, with a petrol note underscoring crisp flavors of crunchy green pear, blanched almond, candle wax and lemon zest. Moderate finish. Drink now through 2016." (8/2013)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Schmitt, which was picked November 7, and contains almost 100 grams of residual sugar and 10 grams of acidity, starts shy on the nose, although the concentration and noble honey flavors already indicate a fine Auslese style here. The wine is noble sweet and very piquant on the palate, a lovely amalgam of sensual fruit intensity, racy acidity and stimulating salinity. Very precise and long; you'd better keep it for your children. (SR)" (2/2015) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Rich, smoky aromas of yellow plum, quince, apple blossom and sweet herbs. ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
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)