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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.
About the producer: "We are very fortunate to be owners of some of the very best Vineyards on this part of the Mosel valley. Handed down from generation to generation the Bollig & Lehnert-Matheus families were indeed able to produce, even as far back as a hundred & fifty years ago first-class wines from many choice wine-growing areas. Each Wine-Growing area has of course its own TOTALLY individual character! – this is due to the elementary and distinct differences in the soil – which in turn provides each wine with its own characteristic flavour."
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Mineral, almost a little peppery. Delicate but definite. Fine, sour freshness, tight and steely on the finish, very crisp. (JH)" (5/2015) K&L Notes: Donnhoff's fresh, dry Riesling comes from 15- to 30-year-old vines in the middle Nahe that typify the Donnhoff estate. The soils are stony and volcanic and the resulting wine is fresh, filigreed and mineral. A lovely everyday Riesling.
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 »
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 drinking absolutely perfect. You will be shocked by the color of this nearly 16 year old Kabinett. Super fresh and lively with just a kiss of that petrol which comes with age. The palate is amazingly fresh, pretty and delicate. This wine is good not just because of the price but, because it is just plain good! C.H. Berres: since 1510. 1510!!! This estate has b... 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 »
Jancis Robinson: "I have noted in the past that the Tonschiefer appears a little challenging to the British palate. It is quite uncompromisingly dry, an impression probably emphasised even more by its slatey mineral tangent. Aromas of stone fruit remain restrained and there is also a herbal, almost medicinal note, but the Tonschiefer nevertheless exhibits the clear delineation of all Dönnhoff wines. (MS)" (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the carbon slate of the southeast-facing Oberhäuser Leistenberg, the 2014 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer offers a lovely, clear and coolish stony slate bouquet ...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 »
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)
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. Now, mit bubbles. What more can we say, but, "Feierabend!"
Jancis Robinson: "Prettily scented – stony citrus and very slightly floral but becoming more spicy with air. Delicate harmony of sweetness and crisp acidity, treading a fine line but doing it well. (JH)" (5/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From very pebbly loess soils, the 2014 Riesling Kabinett Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl opens with a very clear and flinty bouquet of white fruits. Round and piquant on the palate, this is a light and lovely, juicy and spicy Riesling with a nice purity, but also a sensual sweetness that is just perfectly intertwined with the stony salinity of this quaffable Riesling. (SR ...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 & 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 »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett is very clear, fresh and pure on the smoky nose... Fruity, piquant and really sweet, this is a light 8% alcohol Riesling with 45 grams per liter of residual sugar that gives a charming (maybe too charming taste, at least for Northern European palates). Although, the Spreitzer's reduced the residual sugar from 65 grams to now 45 grams. However, this is a fresh and fruity German Kabinett classic. (SR)" (12/2015)
About the producer: "Selbach-Oster – Mosel with Heart and Soul. Our wines are timeless, just like our vineyards. Our wines are made by individualists for individualists, produced by progressive traditionalists for people who are passionate about wine, and who understand and cherish the value of heritage."
Jancis Robinson: "RS 30 g/l or thereabouts. Light, bright limey citrus aroma, the fruit revealed by the higher sugar level compared with the QbA trocken. Pure and refined, great delicacy but not lacking in fruit and persistence. (JH)" (5/2015)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very clear and subtle slate and floral aromas along with peach and orange flavors on the nose lead the feinherb 9.5% 2013 Josephshöfer Riesling Kabinett to a juicy and piquant, light-footed and lingering salty wine with a stimulating finish. This is surely one of the winner wines in the 2013 portfolio of the estate. (SR)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Josephshöfer is a small, 4 hectare monopole vineyard acquired by the Kesselstatt counts in 1858. The site of a former monestary, the steeply sloped vineyard is situated on the river directly between the larger Wehlener Sonnenuhr ... Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very fine, bright fruit and fine stone/slate perfume flavors open the noble 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP #23). This is a full-bodied, round, intense, piquant and kicking Wehlener Sonnenuhr with a very juicy and intense sweetness, but a lingering minerality. Very sophisticated and complex, this is extremely promising. Don't drink before 2022, but certainly before you die. (SR)" (3/2016) 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-southw... Read More »
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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)
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "We are getting into the sweeter spheres, and this is borne out by the slightest whiff of sulphur, which dissipates instantly with a little bit of swirling. The remaining fragrance consists of a delicate composition of spring meadow and citrus fruit. Although quite sweet on the palate and with well-adjusted acidity the Sonnenuhr Spätlese is still lively and fresh, zesty orange and a hint of oriental spice picking up the flavour on a gentle but long finish. (17.5/20 Score)" (6/2015)
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.
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)
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)
This wine was not reviewed this vintage, but Joel B. Payne of Vinous has the following notes about the estate and the 2013 vintage: "This estate at the lower end of the Nahe, near where it empties into the Rhine, has been going through a very gentle transition over the past few years as father Stefan has gradually passed the baton to his son Georg. As the latrer slowly comes into his own, the Rieslings have not only put on a touch of flesh but have also become more precise in their expression. They had always been well structured, but they seldom showed ... Read More »
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.
"Euphoric herbal Mosel fragrances; a rich, salty, fabulously balanced palate; just lipsmacking yummy wine! SOS: 1 (between five and twenty-two years) " Terry Theise, Importer
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92 points Wine Spectator: "A very honeyed style, delivering flavors of freshly squeezed blood orange and red peach, with notes of tropical fruits mixed in. The airy finish is elegant and rich, showing dollops of butter and spice. Drink now through 2020. 15 cases imported. (KM)" (4/2011) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Jos. Christoffel 2009 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese mingles fresh strawberry and mint, offering a delightful interplay with stone and salt on a delicate, refreshing, seemingly transparent palate. The finish here positively quivers with delight - and so will you! (DS)" (12/2010) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow plum, ...Read More »
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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.
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Delicate aromas of honeydew melon, pine nuts and sweet lime. The velvety star fruit and pure mineral salt flavors appear weightless on the palate. Well-balanced wine with a pure finish: this would be fun to drink on a lazy Sunday afternoon. (JbP)" (12/2013)
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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The generic Diel 2009 Burg Layen Riesling Kabinett (corresponding more or less to the wine labeled last year as "Burg Layen Kabinett") is generous with apple and pear; tinged with Erdener Treppchen-like notes of sassafras and licorice; and finishes with subtle sweetness, ample juiciness, and alluring underlying nuttiness. A mysterious hint of gentian emerged in one of the two bottles I tasted as it opened to the air. This combines creaminess, refreshment, and interactive complexity in a manner that anticipates the striking success of the Diel single-vine ...Read More »
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The village of Lieser is located amidst the beautiful scenery of the Mosel valley next to the famous old town of Bernkastel-Kues. The village’s landmark is the mighty castle, the Schloss Lieser ,which was built from slate from 1885- to 1895. In earlier times it was inhabited by the Baron von Schorlemer. Highest quality standards combined with very good vintages and high praise from the press during the 1990s brought the estate Schloss Lieser back to the top of the Riesling estates in Germany. Thomas Haag only cultivates Riesling grapes. The vineyards are... Read More »
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