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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 »
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."
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 »
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 »
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.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The bright, high-toned 2013 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese needs a warm-up to show its character that intertwines apples, lemons and floral aromas with white peach and finest mineral aromas on the quite complex and lovely pure nose. Grown on a deep loess soil this Spätlese is luscious and libidinous, a romance if not a love affair for your palate. Medium-bodied and lighthearted, this is a very pure and piquant Riesling with a lovely, stimulating sappiness and a lingering as well as salivating salinity in the finish. Has this wine ever been so good ...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."
(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."
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Smoky, reductive nose. Finely balanced, sweet and sour harmony and a little prickle of spice on the finish. Delicate but very definite and persistent. High acidity but balanced and a long life ahead. 17/20 points. (JH)" (6/2015) K&L Notes: 92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "This elegant wine offers fresh but quite restrained and focused scents of white and yellow peach, pear, minty herbs and cassis. More white fruits come through on the palate and lead to a crisp, razor-sharp and mouth-watering feel in the finish. All this fruity side is still immersed into a sea of smoky ... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Soft and rich, this warm, rounded wine has concentrated fruitiness along with a more tense mineral structure. Its pink grapefruit, ripe melon and zesty lemon flavors combine to give a wine that is only just setting out. Drink from 2018." (12/2014)
Look for hints of pineapple in this late-harvest Riesling produced in the best of years by Florian Beck-Hartweg's wine farm in Alsace.
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 »
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 »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "A crisp and tensile style, with focused savoriness to the green apple, Meyer lemon and ripe lime flavors. Shows coiled acidity midpalate, leading to a slate- and sea salt—infused finish." (12/2014)
92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers ripe aromas and flavors of beeswax and sage honey, with kiwifruit, melon and white currant hints. This has some dried mango notes, with an exuberant finish of white pepper and lemon curd." (11/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
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)
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.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, showing a restrained sense of power. Aromas of savory spice and fennel, with flavors of apple, green peach and Asian pear. Mineral notes linger on the crisp finish. Drink now. 500 cases made. –BS"
93 points Antonio Galloni: "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 »
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 »
From the winery: "The true 'terroir-ists' among the Rieslings are the dry late harvest wines made from largely healthy grapes with a maximum of 13% vol. alcohol. These wines reflect their origins particularly impressively and are the right partners for almost any menu. They are harvested towards the end of autumn, much later than the Kabinett wines. This is particularly conducive to the development of the aroma. In addition to the dry variations, we also make medium dry and fruity-sweet late harvest wines. We recommend these to accompany Asian food espec... Read More »
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)
92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a ripe, fruity nose, with flavors to match, including dried apricot, baked pear and apple tart. Dried herbal accents add complexity to this rich and well-spiced version. The buoyant finish is framed by honey notes. Drink now through 2020." (6/2015) K&L Notes: 92-94 points from Austria's Falstaff wine guide! The guide's tasting notes (Peter Moser, 6/2013) describe this vintage as having spicy herbal notes with dark minerality underlying yellow tropical fruits; sweet, elegant texture with fine extract, fresh acidity, and a lively structure with citrus nuances. T... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Focused and savory, with plenty of slate and minerally notes to the green peach and crunchy apple flavors. Hints of anise emerge on the well-structured, crisp finish. Drink now." (4/2014)
Jancis Robinson: "Despite its distinctive aromas of peaches and yellow fruit, the fragrance of this Spätlese is tastefully seductive rather than overwhelming. On the palate the Brauneberger takes on a more exotic expression with sweet notes of grapefruit and orange. The acidity is à point, a gentle zesty dash of citrus peel and slightly dusty tang provide a fascinating and long finish. (MS)" (6/2015)
Antonio Galloni: "(12% alcohol): Pale bright straw-yellow. Tangy white peach, tangerine, lime blossom and dusty stone on the nose and palate, with a riper pineapple element emerging with aeration. Offers good chewy texture and breadth without any undue weight, conveying an impression of dusty extract and a nice sugar/acid balance. More open-knit and less bracing than the 2010 release but with no shortage of energy. Relatively dry for this bottling--and a satisfying drink already. Finishes with good subtle length. (Stephen Tanzer)" (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This wine shows some pleasing aro ...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)
93 points James Halliday: "A complex, full-flavoured riesling, with notes of spice and talc along with the citrus of the bouquet; the palate has layers of lemon-accented fruit, but needs a touch more acidity to freshen and lengthen the finish." (6/2015)93 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe, vibrant and light-footed, but explosive, with flavors of pear, honeysuckle, apple and cinnamon, glowing brightly on the long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2024. 2,800 cases made." (8/2015)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still quite closed, the Springvale Riesling shows faint citrusy aromas of lemons and yuzu with a dusting of chalk and white pepper ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
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)
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 Riesling and slate flavor as well as a piquant and mineral taste of pure Riesling. To be honest, this is a lovely wine indeed. You don’t need to care about the analytic data, but if you want to you have to accept 8.9 grams of acidity." (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "Lush and ripe, with golden ra ...Read More »
Vinous Media: "After her father’s retirement, 2012 was Cecilia Jost’s first official vintage as the managing director of this old family estate. She was not dealt an easy hand but can be happy with the results...these Rieslings are always a pleasure to drink." (JP) 03/2015. From the winemaker: "Classic slate Riesling with pronounced minerality, elegance and ease. A crisp wine with balanced fruit and acidity, well suited to drinking just for pleasure."
92 points Wine & Spirits: "This has the bell-toned clarity common to Johannes Selbach’s best wines, and the quietly riveting intensity. The lemon and peach flavors feel pristine in their ripeness, their succulence heightened by sparkly minerality; the soil comes through in cool blue bass notes, touching on lavender and violets in the finish." (12/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese is very clear, precise, herbal and mineral on the nose with lemon and pineapple aromas. Juicy, piquant and elegant on the palate this is a rich, sweet and salty, stimulating Riesling with a sensual fruitiness and a piquant length. Lovely to drink now and over the next 20 years. (SR)" (1/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Rich bouquet of pear, cinnamon and sweet herbs. The suave nectarine fruit is framed by a subtle minerality that slowly enlivens the palate. Full-bodied yet elegant on the finish." (3/2015) K&L Notes: From importer Michael Skurnik: "Dönnhoff’s mo... Read More »
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 »