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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 »
From Johannes Leitz, the creative winemaker behind Dragonstone Riesling and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. From the winery's note: "This hearty, vigorous rosé with a Pinot Noir base has a range of bouquet that recalls strawberries, violets, raspberries and rhubarb. There is also a hint of lovage and sandalwood. A melting, gentle residual sweetness accompanies every sip. Serve well cooled! It goes well with wild onions in olive oil, air-dried ham, salami, parmesan and naturally a barbecue."
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 »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Hints of smoke, cinnamon and vanilla lend added depth to this deeply brambly, berried Pinot Noir. It’s rich and round on the palate, yet balanced foursquare by a strike of cranberry acidity and soft, feathery tannins. The finish is long and persistent. — A.I" (10/2015) K&L Notes: Coming from one of the top producers of Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) this "entry level" Pinot is a spicy treat. With the chalky soils in the area, Becker produces some of Germany's finest Pinot Noir. Full of spicy strawberry and bright cherry fruit, just a hint of tobacco and a dusty earthine... 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.
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 »
(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."
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 »
This lightly sparkling wine is meant to be the German answer to Prosecco. From the winery: "Light straw yellow with lovely green highlights. Fresh-fruity aromas of pear, apple and grapefruit. Mild and well balanced on the palate with exotic aromas and a delicate nutmeg tone. Sparklingly refreshing."
For those special occasions when no booze will do. Just give us a second, and we'll come up with one... Baby shower, perhaps, or a wine tasting for Mormons? Not at all cloying, this grapey but balanced sparkler even goes with food. Juicy peach, pear, raspberry and lime with an added splash of mango, grapefruit and tangerine. Well proportioned with a long finish. Bright, fresh, clean and crisp. An excellent apéritif and very versatile with light to medium flavored dishes, creamy pasta, pork and poultry. 100% Trollinger
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)
The second largest wine estate in Germany, Juliusspital was founded in 1576 as a monastery and the main building still functions as a non-profit hospice to this day. This sustainable VDP producer farms mainly Silvaner. This silvaner is farmed from limestone soils with a slope of 45%. The wine is fermented in stainless steel followed by aging for several months on its lees in large neutral oak barrels.
From the importer: "This comes exclusively from the Merdinger Bühl vineyard in the Tuniberg, though we requested to exclude the vineyard name from the label. Tuniberg (1000 ha) is a small hill that lies between the Black Forest and the Kaiserstuhl that is only 319 meters high and 9 km long. Merdingen is one of the 9 villages located along the hill. The Tuniberg is comprised of terraces consisting of limestone subsoil, topped with a thick overlay of loess. In close proximity to the Black Forest, with winds blowing in from the Höllental, the Tuniberg boast... 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 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 »
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.
This refreshing German pink is made from 95% Pinot Meunier and 5% Portugieser, has just a minute touch of residual sugar, which makes is a stellar pairing for something spicy. Bright and aromatic red fruits carry all the way through to the core of this refreshing and quaffing rosé. Fantastic with spicy grilled sausages or even a watermelon, arugula and feta salad.
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)
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 »
A single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the Baden region in Germany. Earthy red cherry fruit on the nose. Lighter bodied with good lift through the finish. Rustic and old world in style.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Spice and black plums are touched with hints of purple flowers and beet root in this ripe, supple Pinot Noir. Richness is offset by bright acidity and a fine, but firm, frame of tannins. It’s an elegant wine with evenhanded grace. — A.I." (10/2015) K&L Notes: This incredible (and incredibly rare wine) from the Ahr has the texture and weight of a premier cru Volnay. You will have little doubt when you taste this that German Pinot can have the texture and complexity of great Burgundy. Winemaker Werner Näkel is a pioneer in adopting a dry wine style and the use of Fren... Read More »
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With 13 grams of residual sugar the Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 Senior displays a lovely clear and aromatic as well as untamed bouquet of sliced ripe peaches and summer herbs arranged on a slate plate. Very straight, pure, intense and salty on the palate this medium-bodied though full flavored and quite complex wine is absolutely piquant and sappy, a refreshing spring and summer drink. (SR)" (2/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Named Senior, because this style used to be the favourite of Peter Lauer I. Fresh and clean, off dry with a gripping combination of grapefruit and spice plus a ...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 »
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 »
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Not your common-or-garden Kabinett, the Doosberg does not mind pairing the cool flavour of citrus fruit with a dash of quinine and a generous salty lick. Uncompromisingly dry and with a serious mineral contribution. (MS)" (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bright citrus colored, the 2013 Doosberg Kabinett trocken fermented in a 2400 liter Doppelstück and opens with a very subtle and fresh aroma of cool, bright fruit and discreet earthy notes. Light-bodied, this fresh and stimulating, salty Kabinett finishes with a lovely grip. (SR)" (1/2015)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett is a very pure and noble wine that does not show much on the nose except the pure, clear, almost ascetic, lime-scented Domprobst character. But then, on the palate, the 2013 reveals a stunning juiciness and fruit intensity countered by the piquant and racy acidity and a very pure and mineral finish and aftertaste. This is a deep and complex personality with a great aging potential and the minerality of the wine absorbs the sweetness of almost 50 grams excellent. (SR)" (2/2015) Jancis Robinson: "More slaty than the Himmelreich, l ...Read More »
The Fürst family has been involved in viticulture since 1638. In 1975, whilst attending the Geisenheim school for viticulture, Paul Fürst's father Rudolf passed away suddenly. Paul immediately left his studies and at age 21 took over the estate to carry on the family tradition in the cramped Fürst residence in Bürgstadt (Franken). In 1979 Paul and his wife Monika started building a new estate on the outskirts of town. This included a new residence and state-of-the-art cellar atop the Centgrafenberg vineyard. The new site provides breathtaking views of th... Read More »
From a late harvest and a short crop, this dry Riesling is the latest in a recent string of serious releases from this resurrected property, according to Joel Payne, writing in Vinous: "Once the pride of the nation as the State Domaine, this property on the middle stretches of the Nahe had been almost forgotten by serious wine drinkers until it was purchased in 2009 by Jens Reidel and Christine Dinse, who not only invested in this stunning estate’s vineyards and cellars but had the wisdom to hire Karsten Peter to manage them. Now called Gut Hermannsberg,... Read More »
Quiet, focused, precise, and passionate. These words describe Hanjörg Rebholz and his wines perfectly. He reminds us a lot of Franconian vintner Paul Fürst, and both men are revered highly by winemaking colleagues throughout Germany. Each has a self assured presence, and please don't waste your breath telling them Germany can't make dry wine. In fact, in Germany, Fürst and Rebholz are regarded as two of Germany's greatest dry wine estates. They are masters within their respective regions. This wine shows earthy minerals, aromas of ash and spiced melon. O... Read More »
This blend—Pinot Noir, Portuguieser, with a touch of Dornfelder—was made by Frank Heyden, a second-generation winemaker who's shown much promise in crafting excellent wines from his family's highly rated vineyards in Rheinhessen. His classic wines really outperform for their price tag.
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."
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)
Jancis Robinson: "Some real depth to this wine with polish and tonic qualities. Long. Drink 2014-2018. (JR)" (6/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer is more sophisticated than the Gutsriesling, displaying pure, flinty slate aromas along with bright fruit aromas. Quite round and intense on the palate, this is medium-bodied, slightly piquant Riesling with a certain power, juice and length. A mouthful of wine with Spätlese level. (SR)" (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "Buoyant acidity lifts the grapefruit and ripe tropical fruit flavors, with plenty of citrus zest. The crisp finish shows light sp ...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)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Pfeffingen 2008 Gewurztraminer Spatlese looks very sweet on paper with its combination of 40 grams residual sugar and a mere 7.2 grams of acid, but in fact there is an admirable sense of refreshment for the variety and a vintage-typical buoyancy. Lychee, rose petal, black tea, musk, and wood smoke on the nose all follow on a subtly oily palate otherwise dominated by luscious quince preserves. This finishes with surprisingly animated, juicy generosity and at the same time some animalistic intrigue. It will remain a delight for at least the next 7-9 ye ...Read More »
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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.
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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 »
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 »
This is an extraordinarily unique blend of Portugeiser, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. It has a bright, fragrant nose, super creamy mousse with pretty strawberry fruit flavors accented by hint of lemon zest and a dry, refreshing finish. It is great on its own, but has the body to complement a variety of foods, making it an excellent and versatile choice for entertaining. Try it with grilled pork sausages!