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This winery run by mother/daughter team Helma Müller-Grossmann and Marlies Müller is part of the "11 Women & their Wines" group. The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermented to dryness, this wine has classic notes of stone fruit and crisp minerality. An ideal pairing with Asian cuisine, curries, or fish.
We are very excited to present the Kalinda Rheingau Riesling. The wine comes from one of the top producers in the Rheingau that pays 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, nectarine and a hint of lanolin. This off-dry Riesling is balanced by loads of acidity and is the perfect pairing for spicy or fatty foods. (Olivia Ragni K&L Germany liaison)
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.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "While this has a tight corset of freshness and structure, expressive notes of peach show their exuberance. The palate again reveals tautness, shot through with lemon purity while the peach delightfully plays around them." (12/2015)
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 »
This happens to be the cousin and neighbor of Martin Kerpen of Heibert Kerpen - go figure right? Anyway, we were turned on to these wines by a friend who is now importing them in Berkeley, and we thank him for that. These are old style Mosel wines from vintages that were not shy on acid and they have not moved from the cellar where they were born until making their maiden voyage last month and landing here on our welcoming shelves. Hello acidity!!! Do you pine for the days when a zippy, and I mean zippy, Mosel wine would bring your palate and salivary gl... Read More »
95 points Vinous: "An especially creamy-textured and richly ripe expression of its great site, this deploys poached apple, nectarine, quince jelly, vanilla and almond paste supported by perfectly judged sweetness. The luscious impression of a lime sorbet somehow harmoniously folds into vanilla and almond cream on a superbly sustained, sensationally savory and sustained finish that preserves just enough juiciness to refresh and incorporates a salinity that tugs at the salivary glands." (11/2016)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very clear and fine on the nose, with lemon, pineapple and some yeasty aromas, the 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett (Golden Capsule) opens pretty complex. This is a light, pure, mineral and very salty Kabinett from a top terroir that is expressed in the good and tension-filled finish. This is one of the bright Molitor Rieslings of the 2014 vintage, and it is absolutely delicate and filigreed. The sweetness gives nothing but fruit and balance, and is nothing but perfect." (3/2016) 91 points Vinous: "White peach, apple and almond are announced on the nose, then piquan ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 10% alcohol 2015 Riesling Dragonstone (tasted from AP #16 16) is pretty smoky on the nose where ripe Riesling flavors are displayed. Lush and fruity on the palate, this is a light but pretty intense and charming Riesling with grip and raciness, but not much length. It is an enjoyable wine with a nice finesse, but a rather robust finish." (10/2016) K&L Notes: 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 th... Read More »
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 »
Schmelz is a small family run estate located in the heart of the Wachau in the small little village of Joching. They manage roughly 11 hectares of vineyards all with varying soils and microclimates which are composed of 60% Grüner Veltliner, 30% Riesling and rounded out with Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller. The family has and continues to work under the philosophy that we live in a fragile environment and it should be treated accordingly. They use the knowledge of generations before while incorporating the techniques of today. They are also one of... 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 »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Markus Molitor holds 2.5 hectares in the Bockstein and his 2014 Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Auslese *** (Golden Capsule) is probably the greatest of this cru in 2014. The wine has an intense yellow color and displays a delicately spicy new oak flavor, perfectly intertwined with bright and ripe fruit aromas, such as pineapples and yellow-skinned apples. This nose combines Burgundy with Mosel Riesling at this early stage. Full and rich but highly elegant on the palate, this is a fascinatingly lush and vital, finesse-full and seriously structured Riesling o ...Read More »
David Schildknecht of eRobertParker.com writes: "There is generally excellent value at this address and the wines have cellared consistently well, even from before the time when Stefan Justen took the reins from his father 20 years ago."
Weingut Willi Schaefer is a Mosel wine estate based in the village of Graach in Bereich Bernkastel. The winery is a member of the VDP (The Association of German Quality and Prädikat Wine Estates) and is solely devoted to the production of high-quality Riesling wines. Weingut Willi Schaefer is a small family winery with a history dating back to 1121. The estate as it stands today was a result of the work of Martha and Willibrord Schaefer in the post-World War Two era. Today Weingut Willi Schaefer is overseen in part by the couple's son Willi, who took res... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Perfumed and so pretty, this lively kabinett abounds with aromas and flavors of sweet citrus, pineapple and mango. Lavish lavender and potpourri notes persist from nose to finish, lending elegance to this otherwise juicy fruity wine. The sweet-tart tangerine finish is long and meandering. (AI)" (10/2016)
Dry Riesling from the legendary Nahe producer's clay-slate soils, and vines aged 25-30 years.
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 »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sourced from the terraces and "dissected like a TBA" (Molitor), the 2014 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (White Capsule) is extremely deep, intense and concentrated on the nose, and reveals smoky and slightly nutty flavors along with ripe peach, lemon and crushed stone notes. Is this Meursault? Full-bodied, very rich and intense, with power, finesse and purity, this is an extraordinary dry Riesling. It structured by its mineral depth and fine tannins, and reveals a great purity, finesse and elegance in the highly complex, endlessly salty finish. ...Read More »
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Smells just like guava! Much fuller and more generous and broader of shoulder than the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese. A glimmer of charm under the Prüm stiffness, even a bit of glistening, jewelled tropical fruit, although all this un-Prüm-like frivolity comes not without a corset of palate-scrubbing acidity and a ramrod spine of minerality. So much freshness and quite staggering concentration. 18/20 points (TC)" (9/2016) 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. Wit... Read More »
Now into the third generation of leadership, this winery has over one hundred years of winemaking tradition.
95 points James Halliday: "Pale, bright straw-green; the fragrant bouquet has notes of dried flowers and even a hint of spice/musk, the palate now on the development pathway with not obvious end in sight; you have to wait for the aftertaste to find all the wine has to offer so far, as citrus flavours ricochet around the mouth." (3/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 The Contours Museum Reserve Riesling shows lovely, evolving lanolin and petrol notes, with beeswax and toast over a core of lemon curd, lemongrass and lime leaves. There is some honey, as well. This is a dry, light and expressive Riesling wi ...Read More »
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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 »
The now-legendary wines of Dönnhoff are fermented on natural yeast, and some are aged in neutral, thick-staved large oak. This slightly off-dry Kabinett comes from a vineyard that, according to importer Skurnik, "is rich in quartzite and gravel for perfect drainage. Krötenpful means 'turtle pond' and is named for the water source in the vineyard."
The 2015 has yet to be reviewed, but Bob Campbell, Master of Wine specializing in NZ wines gave the 2014 a score of 92 Points saying, "Dry, but not searingly dry, Riesling with aromatic floral/rose petal and citrus/lime flavours. Very pure wine with an ethereal texture and moderately lengthy finish. Lemon-like acidity with a subtle mineral influence." (2/2015)
This is the entry-level Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, one of the most respected producers in Alsace. The Riesling is made from estate fruit and boasts intense fruit and mineral notes with a core of acidity that makes it fresh and drinkable--perfect with your favorite spicy Thai dish.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white-golden 2014 Riesling Zeltlinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese (Golden Capsule) offers an intense and deep, yet still discreet bouquet of ripe and overripe, yellow-skinned apples, along with flinty and yeasty aromas, and just a hint of new oak. Lush and salty-piquant on the palate, this is a very elegant, relatively round, smooth-textured Spätlese with a delicate tannin structure and banana flavors in the finish. Still very young, this wine reveals good complexity and tension, and should be cellared for at least another five or seven years, but should age ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The deep gold color of this relatively young wine suggests that oxidation is setting in. But wait! This wine explodes into full glory 24 hours after first being opened. It begins with intense aromas and flavors of dried apricots, apples and a hint of ginger, showing impressive length on the finish. It turns into a breathtaking, spätlese-style effort on the palate, with honey, Meyer lemon and ripe grapefruit flavors." (6/2016)
91 points Vinous: "A penetrating nose of fresh lime, thyme and pennyroyal leads into a succulent, glossy palate featuring apple and white peach as well as delightful floral and green herbal inner-mouth perfume. A very slight sense of sweetness supports the fruit. A sustained finish soothes and seduces. (DS)" (2/2016)
The fruit was sustainably farmed and sourced from blue and gray quartz slate soils on steep slopes high above the Mosel River. "Alte Reben" means old vines, and the gnarled beauties that produced these grapes are between 40 and 60 years old. Tasting notes from the producer: "This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit and mineral flavors. It displays a flowery bouquet; very luscious and zesty with a powerful finish."
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white/golden-colored 2014 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese *** (White Capsule) is very concentrated and clear on the aromatic nose, which displays dried fruits and lemon confit that indicate an extremely late harvest. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly intense, but also clear, fresh, fine and very elegant on the palate with cutting acidity, this is a great and highly complex Riesling. It is persistently salty/mineral and powerful, with an endless and finesse-full finish that reveals a stunning purity and tension. This unique Saar Auslese tastes almos ...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.
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
Peter Lauer and his sons Peter and Florian are the proprietors of a tiny little hotel and restaurant in the village of Ayl, on the west side of the Saar River. Their winery is located next door to the hotel, and it seems as though many of the guests leave with a case or two of wine. This is how Weingut Peter Lauer subsisted for many generations. But now Lauer has garnered something of a cult following, and if you haven't tried one of their dry or off-dry Rieslings, you are truly missing out. The Barrel X is the winery's entry level offering, but it's so ... Read More »
96 points Bob Campbell: "Absolutely delicious wine Riesling with wonderful purity and an exquisite sweet/sour tension. Citrus/floral and chalky mineral flavours. This is one of the country’s lowest alcohol wines (7%) but it has been made with a total focus on quality, the alcohol is incidental." 95 points Sam Kim: "As you would expect, this consistently awesome label once again delivers huge amount of pleasure with this latest offering. Fabulous aromas of lemon curd, apple blossom, nectarine and touch of flint on the nose. The palate is equally appealing, and exhibits linear mouthfeel, fine texture a ...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)
95-96 points Raymond Chan: "Brilliant light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. This has a very soft and gently full nose with beautifully interwoven aromas of lime fruit with nuances of talc which are melded with layers of delicate flinty barrel-ferment notes. This has detailed, mineral and chalky complexities that exude exotic interest, and the bouquet is quite complete. Dry to taste, the palate is very finely poised with a tight and refined core of chalky minerals and flint entwined with lime fruit, along with a suggestion of talc and sherbet. The acidity is ...Read More »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Molitor's 2014 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Golden Capsule) has a yellow-golden color and displays a very clear and precise, rather warm and tropical bouquet of fully ripe, perfectly selected Riesling berries. Very delicate and filigreed on the finesse-full and frisky palate, this wine reveals a great purity, elegance and perfect sweetness, as well as a serious (tannin) structure and great, intense length. This Auslese is more lush and sensual than the corresponding Bockstein, but its intensity and tension is the same. The acidity is just de ...Read More »
This very limited bottling from Mount Edward is an off-dry style of Riesling that remains mineral-driven and light on its feet. Morrison is an estate vineyard of Mount Edward which is planted with just 1 hectare of Riesling. This 2014 release has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2013 bottling garnered 93+ points from Wine Advocate and 94-96 points from Raymond Chan.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors’ Choice* A tang of salty minerals extends throughout this sublime spätlese. Intensely fruity, its sweet white-peach and mango flavors seem to fall on the tongue in crystalline shards. Light-footed and vibrantly acidic, it’s a superbly balanced wine that drinks well now but should improve through 2024 and beyond. (AI)" (10/2016) 93 points Vinous: "Redcurrant, lime and mint waft alluringly from the glass. The luscious and delicate palate suggests jellied redcurrant and lime sorbet laced with green herbal extracts as well as mineral salts. The result is coolingly sooth ...Read More »
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This is 85% Riesling with 15% Gewürztraminer blended in. It has a low alcohol level, 12.5%. This juicy, tasty white has aromas of jasmine and honey with flavors of citrus, peach, mandarin orange and wet stone. Zippy and bright with ever so slight a tinge of sweetness, this white is perfect for enjoying on the deck, with a plate of cheeses and meats or on its own when you just want an easy, quaffable white wine.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rebholz's 2015 Riesling Trocken Ökonomierat offers a beautifully clear, pure, intense, mineral and herbal-flavored bouquet, which indicates a real Rebholz character. The wine is light, pure and bone dry, but intense and slightly creamy on the palate. It is also very mineral and salty, and well structured by fine tannins. This is a serious wine for Riesling freaks that do not want to spend too much money for a great wine. (SR)" (8/2016)
Domprobst is in the Graach in the heart of the Mittel Mosel. "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." (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)
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. The wine's overall impression is very fresh and only slightly off-dry. Citrus and melon fill out the nose and hint at the lurking minerality. A firm and bright entry on the palate repeats the fruit tones and transitions to a mineral-driven and textured finish. The 2015 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed,... Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "While feather light in stature, this semisweet Riesling stuns with intensity. From nose to finish, dark earth tones and luminous stone fruit and cherry flavors meld seamlessly. It’s intensely ripe, almost tropical in tone, but an electric tang of acidity and minerality keeps it rooted firmly in the Mosel. Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. Editors’ Choice. —A.I." (12/2016) K&L Notes: 90+ points Mosel Fine Wines: "This offers a gorgeous nose of pear, cassis, melon and herbs. The wine is delicately rich and powerful but overall zesty. The finish is almost off-dry in taste ... Read More »
The Laugner and Allimant families having been making wine in Alsace since the 1500s. These days, the wines are made by Hubert Laugner, the 11th generation in this winemaking lineage. Ranging in age from 18-65 years, his vineyards are at the southeast-east-facing edge of Alsace along the Rhine, planted in granitic soils with rich iron sub-soils. The Praelatenburg is full of citrus and mineral notes on the nose and palate, with subtle floral undertones. Structured and elegant, a feat that Laugner achieves by deftly blending fruit from different-aged vines,... Read More »
Paul and Rudolph Anheuser stand as the 14th generation proprietors of their family estate which dates back to the 1600s on the Nahe River in Bad Kreuznach. This Spatlese bottling of the Kreuznacher Kahlenberg vineyard represents an outstanding value from this classified terroir in a fine vintage.