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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Delicate aromas of pear, honeysuckle and pine nut. Refined, ripe pineapple fruit with elegant minerality providing shape. Well-balanced, long and animated. (JBP)" (1/2012)90 points Wine Spectator: "There's a crunchy core of green apple and peach flavors that give this good lift. Sage, honey and cream notes linger on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2030." (2/2012) 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 conver... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pretty floral and apricot aromas brighten savory apple notes on this dry, but intensely honeyed Riesling. Bright and brisk on the palate, with searing lime acidity, it finishes long, with a refreshing spray of green herbs." (6/2014)91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a peppery edge to the dried apple, pear and apricot flavors, with crushed stone notes and hints of smoke on the powerful and well-structured finish. Drink now through 2018. 400 cases made. -KM" (2/2014) K&L Notes: The 2012 vintage was particularly successful for dry wines in Germany, with their firm and minerally profiles realized by ... 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.
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."
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 earthiness and layers of subtle textures tell you that you paid way too little for this offering. Delicious on its own, but also complements heavier seafood, poultry and fine cuts of beef or game.
Jancis Robinson: "Bright fruit but not (too) painful acidity. Very well etched and balanced. Drink to 2017." (5/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Most of all sourced in Oberhausen vineyards, so predominantly from volcanic soils, the 2013 Riesling Trocken is a clear, bright, piquant, fresh and light to medium-bodied Riesling with a straightforward character and a salty finish. It's quite characterful for an entry level. (SR)" (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "There's a strong minerally cast to the ripe apple and green pear flavors, with a languid finish that has some spicy notes." K&L Notes: Donnhoff's fresh, dry Riesling comes from 15- to 3... 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 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 relatively short distance. It lies directly below the Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad and Klosterberg. The vineyard has many different soil types, but it can primarily be described as having the sandy loam which give Rheingau Rieslings their power and majesty.
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!
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 »
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 »
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.
Peter Lauerand 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 garned something of a cult following, and if you haven't tried on 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 much... Read More »
This lovely wine's pear, apple blossom and white peach aromatics continue onto the palate. Red fruits add an interesting counterpoint and the wine's fantastically creamy texture is fine and focused. Very young, there are hints of exotic notes that are sure to be revealed with time.
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
90 points Wine Spectator: "A rich style, with ample minerality to the ruby grapefruit, lemon curd and green peach flavors. Granite and slate notes linger on the firm, powerful finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –KM" (3/2014)
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 »
Zilliken's Butterfly is an off-dry (Feinherb) Riesling from the Saar, grown on Devon Slate soils. The winery's history dates back to the 1700s, and is today run by Hanno Zilliken and his daughter Dorothee. Their cellars are the deepest in Saar, with almost 100% humidity and a temperature that is a near-constant 48 degrees. The wines are both fermented and aged in 1,000-liter German oak foudre. Winery notes: "The aormatics offer fine mineral and ripe pear aromas. The palate is so pure, displaying Meyer lemon and tangy grapefruit notes, all supported by wo... 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 »
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)
Regarded as one of Germany's top producers of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Friedrich Becker also produces outstanding white wines, including this delicious Pinot Blanc from the limestone soils of the Pfalz. Picked at optimum ripeness with naturally high acidity and fermented in stainless steel, this Pinot Blanc is crisp, clean, and refreshing, with cool melon and stone fruit aromas and flavors underscored by some serious wet stone minerality. Citrus blossom accents add lift to the nose and palate. There's nice weight here, balanced by tangy acidity, leadi... 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.
Jancis Robinson: "The Lenz does not bother with any taste descriptors, but I would class it as borderline trocken/feinherb. Lenz is a traditional German term for spring, and with its mouthwatering grapefruit flavour supplemented by a dash of spice, you may well compare the wine to the beginning of a fine spring day -- fresh as dew and cool as the morning breeze." (6/2013)
With vineyard in the hills around Bad-Dürkheim in the Pfalz, Weingut Darting has been growing grapes for centuries. Darting makes a wide range of Rieslings, as well has St. Laurent and Pinot Noir, known as Spätburgunder in Germany. The wine is aged in 20% new oak which is locally sourced and coopered.
Inventory: San Francisco
Jancis Robinson: "Green hints in pale lemon. Has that fresh-cut green leaf and lily-blossom smell of a florist shop. Lime and spun sugar and quinine and laurel. Oh so easy to drink. GV (TC)" (1/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...recommended, but no tasting note given." (12/2011) K&L Notes: One of those Rheinhessen producers responsible for enhancing this often under-appreciated region's prestige, Philipp Wittmann aims for a racy, clean style of Riesling.
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 »
Inventory: Redwood City
Classified as a spirit. Do not ship to no spirits locations.
Classified as a spirit. Do not ship to no spirits locations. If you're a Savoy Cocktail Book-toting cocktail enthusiast, you've probably noticed that lots of old concoctions call for mixers, syrups and bitters that are totally obsucre. Take Celery Bitters, for instance. Used in classic drinks like the Corspe Reviver, the Blood Mary, the Bullshot and the Prairie Oyster, this unusal bitters has been conspicuously absent from the market for decades. Fortunately, thanks to the partnership between the folks as Bittermens and the guys at The Bitter Truth, it... Read More »
According to importer Rudi Wiest: "Iron clad white peach. Hints of grapefruit, very ripe. Citrus and red fruits weave in and out of the mineral structure. Excellent weight and power, again that ethereal ‘03 trait, packed with white peach and lime. The finish is classic Karthäuserhof, dusty soil sprinkled around the dominate iron notes."
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