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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the Drachenstein vineyard far above the village of Rüdesheim the 2013 Dragonstone is a more reductive and aromatic style of Riesling offering brilliant fruit aromas of white peach, pineapples, ripe apples, and lemons all mingling with a cool and slate-like aromatic background enhanced with herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate the wine starts sweet but the sweetness is directly absorbed by the mineral piquancy that characterizes the wine even more and takes it over the tongue into a salivating finish of great delicacy and elegance. This is pure and piq ...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 »
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."
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."
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.
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 »
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 »
93 points Wine & Spirits: "This cool, gray-slate vineyard on the south side of the Nahe River regularly turns out elegant rieslings, and Dönnhoff’s 2013 is particularly riveting. Vinified in a combination of stainless steel and wood, it’s crystal clear in flavor, brisk and snappy, yet not at all austere. Rather, it feels perfectly poised, the lemony fruit light and brisk; the acidity firm and supple, with a willowy strength that would hold it strong if it were to meet a juicy halibut steak with favas this spring." (12/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett has a com ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
If the label images of old men in powdered wigs seem a bit unusual, it's for good reason. History and winemaking tradition have a different meaning in the Rheingau than the rest of the world. Over 28 generations, the Graf von Schönborn family has operated the wine estate dating back to the year 1349. The estate owns and cultivates 50 hectates of vineyard in the Rheingau, one of only five wine regions in the world to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Riesling is almost exclusively planted, and 80 percent of the acreage is classified as first-... 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."
93 points Raymond Chan: "Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, lighter edged. This has an elegant and softly concentrated nose with aromas of mineral-infused lime and lemon fruit. This is complex in detail and well interwoven on bouquet. Dryish to taste, and medium-light bodied, a full and softly packed palate of lime and lemony fruit flavours shows with succulence and freshness. Rounded in texture, the fruit reveals wet stone and minerally, reductive detail in the glass. The palate is underlined by fine, lively acidity which adds tension and freshness to the flow, ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
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 »
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 »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and rich, with a tangerine tang to the apple, ripe pear and dried apricot flavors. Offers hints of honey and plenty of savory notes that extend on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2038. 300 cases made. –KM" (2/2015)92 points Wine & Spirits: "The Josephshöfer is ten steep acres of slate just below Graacher Himmelreich, which von Kesselstatt has owned in its entirety since 1858. This Spätlese presents a fascinating take on richness, the wine succulent but entirely earthy. The flavors recall fresh gingerroot in their juicy bittersweet savor, hunkered down and wrapped tigh ...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 of t... Read More »
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 »
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""We had healthy grapes until the end of the harvest in the Wassero vineyard, where 60% of the grapes come from," says Eva Fricke introducing her 2013 Kiedrich Riesling trocken whose rest is from the Sandgrub. The Wasseros is the cooler upper part of the famous Gräfenberg towards the forest and dominates the character of this medium-bodied, very mineral and pure if not ascetic wine which literally does not contain a single botrytis berry according to Eva. They all went into the Rheingau Riesling. Discreet on the nose the Kiedricher village Riesling is qui ...Read More »
96-98 points Raymond Chan: "Brilliant, pale straw-yellow colour with green hues and some depth. The bouquet is complete with waves of exotic florals, tropical fruits, citrus zest and honeysuckle aromas, all seamlessly integrated with a dense and concentrated core, opening and blossoming in the glass. Medium-sweet to sweet, and medium-bodied, the palate is one of seamless, open flow, beautiful harmony and layers of rich, exotic fruit flavours of tropical fruits, jasmine florals, honey and citrus zest. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth flowing and suggestive of unctuousness, with fine ne ...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)
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: San Francisco
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 Enthusiast: "A truly aromatic Riesling that has a wonderful series of fruit and spice perfumes. It’s ripe and full in the mouth, offering a strongly mineral edge as well as rich apple and citrus. Textured and still very tangy, the complex wine needs to age, so drink from 2017" (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "Notes of subtle white peach, lemon preserves, smoke and paraffin mix with fresh acidity in this well-layered white. Balanced, offering a clean finish accented by a tang of sea salt. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and ... Read More »
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 »
From the winery: "From the Goldwingert we get wines that have a unique minerality and a fruity elegance. Due to the red slate the character of these Riesling wines is much more full-bodied and spicy than the classy fine wines from the blue slate terroir in Bernkastel and Wehlen...a perfect match for sushi. Try it with a spicy wasabi-soy-sauce; the sweetness of the wine cuts through the hot spice of wasabi."
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This regional blend conveys elegant aromas of tangerine blossom, seared lime, green apples and passionfruit sorbet. The tropicality rules the palate, with guava and more passionfruit, but the ripe fruit is used judiciously, with tension thanks to minerality and bitter citrus pith." (2/2015)
Made from a careful selection of Riesling using the methode champenois, this delightful sparkler is fresh and zippy. Stone fruit, herbs and white flowers abound in this alluring bubbly. Perfect as an aperitif or alongside some spicy Thai food.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale straw-green. Clean, fresh lime and jasmine aromas on the uncomplicated nose. Easygoing and straightforward on the palate, with lemon, green apple and papaya flavors accented by mineral touches on the zippy, moderately persistent finish. Bott calls this range of wines Les Elements as he considers the main four grape varieties of Alsace to be like the four elements. From grapes grown mainly in Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Zellenberg." (11/2012) K&L Notes: Classic Alsatian Riesling that shows crystilline minerality in both the aromatics and on the finish. Lime aroma... Read More »
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 »
Antonio Galloni: "Also recommended. (JP)" (3/2015) K&L Notes: Praise from Vinous for the winery's 2013 vintage: "'I am very pleased with the 2013s,' explained Johannes Selbach. 'It was a lot of work for only a fraction of a normal crop,' he told me as we were retasting some of his Rieslings earlier this year, 'but they have matured even better than I had thought at harvest.' After the excellent 2012s, this is another good effort from this estate in Zeltingen, capped by two Ausleses from small plots in his finest vineyards, Anrecht and Schmitt, and a stunning Trockenbeerenauslese. Like... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett has much more finesse than the Thanisch Kabinett but with 80 grams of residual sugar it's even sweeter. Its piquancy and mineral character lends it a stunning purity and promises a great aging potential. (SR)" (2/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "A touch of pollen adds earthy funk to pristine white blossom and pear notes on this brisk, invigorating wine. Searing acid swipes through the midpalate, but the delicate hints of sweet yellow-cherry persist through the finish." (2/2015) K&L Notes: Mosel Fine Wine: "This big full-bodied wine behaves really ... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Partly fermented in stainless steel, partly in fuder, the 2013 Riesling is a fresh, floral-scented selection of different vineyards offering a spring-like bouquet. Light-footed on the palate, this is a filigreed and racy Mosel classic that is somewhere between dry and sweet and very well balanced. It has a mineral character, but is also fruity in a discreet way." (2/2015)
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."
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Riesling Spatlese Norheimer Kirschheck offers very fine raisin and grey slate aromas on the nose, richer and riper fruit than the Leistenberg Kabinett because this is a south-facing site and -- a Spätlese. Adjacent to the Dellchen but without any volcanic elements, the wine is juicy and sensual but also pure and piquant, persistently salty and dancing, very pure and extremely sexy. Wow, this tropical juiciness here is alluring. (SR)" (1/2015)
98 points Bob Campbell: "100% botrytis, bunch selection. Very intense, luscious, syrupy but not cloying dessert wine. Honey, peach, root ginger, dried tree fruits with Xmas cake like concentration. So concentrated you can find just about any flavour that springs to mind. Great wine. Only 400 bottles made." (11/2014)98 points Raymond Chan: "Hand-picked fruit, 100% botrytis affected berries at net 43.3° Brix, fermented in 50 L stainless kegs to 9.5% alc. and 295 g/L RS. Brilliant, light golden yellow colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The nose is full, concentrated and voluminous with opulent aromas o ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fragrant, softly aromatic wine that has ripe fruit, spicy texture and gentle acidity. It’s a wine for drinking now to enjoy its juicy white fruits, almonds and chalky final texture." (2/2014)
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 »
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, but new cellars and house have been built on the outskirts of Trittenheim. Stefan has been managing the estate since 1987, after completing his viticulture studies and practical experience in Trier and Bad Kreuznach. Stefan Bollig's wines are stylish, crisp and classic with a fine fruity elegance and good mineral content, not showing excessive sweetness.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Jancis Robinson: "Intense with lots of extract and great focus. More suavity than I remember in many a Graach wine from this address. Floral explosion on the palate. Very crisp acidity. Some crystalline texture. Very youthful but expressively fruity without obvious sulphur. (17+/20 points)" (9/2014) K&L Notes: Just upstream from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr is the Graacher Himmelreich. With deeper, richer soils, this site is a little less steep and its southwest exposure ensures the wines from this site always have a racy and juicy acid background that really make the wines sing. 94 p... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Sheer in texture, this honeyed nectar falls on the palate like a whisper, but its stone fruit, red berry and grapefruit flavors are powerful and compounding. Multifaceted with touches of sugar cookie and guava juxtaposed with lime zest and slate, it delivers a long, ponderous finish." (6/2015)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pure, fresh and lovely greenish lemon and grapefruit flavors on the nose of the filigreed but firm 2013 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese (7.5%, AP #1614) lead to a pure, lean and piquant palate with a lovely sweet juiciness and a crisp, linger ...Read More »
94 points Sam Kim: "It's beautifully fragrant on the nose displaying white peach, lime zest, flint and a touch of savoury complexity. The palate is concentrated and focused with whispering sweetness and racy acidity, leading to a superbly long finish. The wine is linear and finely textured, and has a fabulous presence on the palate. At its best: 2015 to 2023." (8/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Riesling has a relatively restrained lemon / lime nose with nuances of orange peel, beeswax, and a hint of slate. Dry in style (with just 10 grams per liter of residual sugar), the light to medium-bodi ...Read More »