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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)
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.
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)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always delicious, as well as an insane value, the 2014 Riesling Kung Fu Girl offers lots of exotic citrus, lychee and minty notes in a medium-bodied, delicious, vibrant profile on the palate. Downright gulpable, yet with plenty of classic Riesling flair, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming year or so. (JD)" (6/2015) 89 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* Lime leaf, white peach and mineral aromas rise up from the glass, with botrytis adding a grace note. The spritzy stone fruit flavors are off dry and show spot on balance." (5/2016) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Light and refreshing, with prett ...Read More »
97 points James Suckling: "This is so open and sexy with blood orange, minerals, flint and stone. Full-bodied and tangy, plus sliced lemon, lime and white peach. Salty with limestone too. Amazing." (9/2015) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It's impressive now, but will be even better from 2016. (RV)" (12/2014) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Citrus zest, fruit ...Read More »
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.
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.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Editors’ Choice. White flowers and lime skins juxtapose smoke and slate on the nose of this ethereal kabinett. Delicately sweet, as if gilded by hibiscus nectar, it fills the palate with waves of sunny yellow-stone fruit and tart lemons. A lovely wine that should show its youthful effervescence through 2020. —A.I." (10/2016) 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 aci ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "The Rüdesheim trocken shows some herbaceous aromas which reflect its upbringing by spontaneous yeasts. On the palate these fresh green notes get ample support from a stony minerality to produce a dry village Riesling with plenty of vibrancy. (MS)" (5/2016)
Jancis Robinson: "Pale straw. Very rich and racy with some nuttiness underneath and massive passion fruit acidity. Masses of extract and already quite a bit of sweetness is evident. This should evolve into something very special. 18.5/20 points" (6/2016) 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-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 s... Read More »
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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 Wine Enthusiast: "The zest of grapefuit, lemon and the crunch of Granny Smith apples heralds a bright, fruity and superrefreshing wine. Midpalate texture encloses the fresh acidity beautifully and has ample liveliness and a dry finish." (12/2015)
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Editors' Choice*** Chalk and slate notes juxtapose fragrant, sweet-tart tangerine, lime and lemon on the nose and palate of this laser-edged kabinett. A kiss of honey gives the midpalate just a touch of sweetness that lingers long on the finish. (AI)" (6/2016) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett offers a super clear and well focused bouquet of white peach and mirabelle plum aromas...Very light and elegant on the palate, this is filigreed Riesling with a charming sweetness and fruit that is very attractive for the masses, whereas Rie ...Read More »
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.
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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 »
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 »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling Winnings, sourced from several vineyards in Forst and Deidesheim and exclusively produced for Terry Theise's Germany portfolio, is a Riesling rocket. Fermented at 25% in Doppelstücks (2,400-liter) and stainless steel, the wine opens clear with cool and refreshing aromatics, as well as flinty aromas on the nose. On the palate this is perfectly round, light and smooth, very juicy and lingering wine with a nicely salty finish showing the sensual side of Riesling, rather than the intellectual. Very well made – with the friendly help of Hans ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of dried citrus, flower and mineral. Full-bodied and tight with a fresh and clean palate. Salty and bright. Intense. Drink or hold. From organically grown grapes." (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Light note of honey at first. Honey and lemon - the honey giving it a suggestion of maturity that is contradicted by the SO2 still in evidence. There's a hint of sweetness on the finish but the overall balance is good. Rich but very fresh. (JH)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: This organically grown Alsatian Riesling comes from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the sa... Read More »
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Just upstream from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr is the Graacher Himmelreich. With deeper, richer soils, this site is a little less steep and its south-west exposure ensures the wines from this site always have a racy and juicy acid background that really make the wines sing.
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Waxy and aromatic in petrol, this stainless-steel-fermented white offers flavors of white flowers, green apple and lime around sizzling acidity. From the Main Ranch Vineyard, an estate property, it finishes high-pitched and lean, completely refreshing." (1/2016) Connoisseurs Guide: "It may start out as a bit of a minimalist in its tight, lightly varietal aromas, but it delivers more to like in the palate despite a chalky edge to its firm texture. Along the way, it blends peach fruitiness with grapefruity tightness and narrowness, and were it not for its long finish, we would p ...Read More »
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)
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Crisp lime, peach and pineapple flavors mark this refreshingly brisk late-harvest wine. Its delicate sweetness is offset by pristine layers of crushed slate and river rocks. The finish is exhilarating and fresh. Drink now through 2020. —A.I." (10/2016) K&L Notes: 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."
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 »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * displays a pretty "Bugundian" bouquet with some discreet new oak aromas framing the ripe and fine Riesling flavors. However, this is another style at the first sight, but the complexity, purity and finesse are also evident and will come out even better in 6-8 years. This is a very elegant, long and refined Spätlese with a very fine tannin structure and a long, pure finish. This wine is great with food. (SR)" (3/2016)
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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)
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)
This wine is a collaboration between Jesse Skiles of Fausse Piste, Tom Monroe of Division Winemaking Company, and Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic. According to Olga Tuttle of Teutonic: "The Tripod Project was formed by a three-way friendship between Barnaby, Jesse and Tom who share the same philosophy about wine, but different winemaking techniques and styles. They wanted to see how a wine would taste made literally three different ways and then brought back together. The Riesling and Pinot Noir fruit was split up three ways and all went to separate wineries ... Read More »
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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 »
91 points James Halliday: "Generosity personified, with Meyer lemon and Bickford's lime juice aromas and flavours letting nothing else get into the act (including acidity). Ready now." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling is intensely scented of lime cordial, white peaches, lemon curd and honeysuckle with a waft of talc. Light-bodied, dry and with a lively acid backbone, it delivers a burst of expressive citrus flavor and great length. (LPB)" (6/2016)
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.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Intense aromas of tropical mango and melon scent this elegant, slightly cream-textured dry Riesling. Sprays of white grapefruit and lime juice brighten the midpalate, extending through a long finish marked by zesty acidity and chalky, dusty mineral tones. (ALCI)" (6/2016) 89-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen and was bottled in April 2015. Philipp focuses on a coolish and mineral style in 2014, and could have easily bottled a more opulent and fruit intense style. However, he decided to keep even ...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)
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 »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
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-facting 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 »
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From the producer: "From generation to generation the same quality philosophy drives us, but also rigor and passion. We do not leave anything to chance. The quality is achieved by a lot of effort put together, whether in the vineyards, in the cellar but also through communicating with our customers and giving them a fun time."
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 »
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)
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 »
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 »
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)
95 points James Suckling: "What a beautiful wine here with a delicacy and brightness. Floral, subtle and complex. Full-bodied yet so intense and complex. A glorious wine. Great texture. Finesse. From biodynamically grown grapes." (9/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Riesling Heissenberg (literally "hot mountain") shows a warm, deep, and intense nose displaying white apple and pineapple aromas along with Mediterranean herbs. Full-bodied, rich, and powerful on the palate though very precise and mineral (melting stones), this elegant Riesling reveals a rather gentle, very fine acidity, migrating into a v ...Read More »
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