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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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 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.
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 »
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 »
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 garnered something of a cult following, and if you haven't tried one 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 m... 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.
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 »
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.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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: "On the soft side, with juicy peach, grapefruit and stone notes. The midpalate is generous, with a mix of spice and citrus on the finish." (2/2007)
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)
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."
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Jancis Robinson: "Lovely fresh mineral nose. Great crystalline strcture but relatively evolved and low acid for this style of wine. Odd! (JR) (17 points)" (6/2004)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vineyard peach, ripe melon and nut oil on the nose. Good weight in the mouth, with a harmonious juxtaposition of bright passion fruit and crisp acidity. Refreshingly appealing wine, with a delicate spiciness animating the finish." (2/2014)
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
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)
Jancis Robinson: "Straw colour. Just a whiff of kerosene, indicating age, but not unpleasant. On the palate there is a nice touch of fruit, the petrol-like tangent kept well in check by just the right amount of acidity. Delicate style. Some complexity, probably at its best now. (MS)" (3/2011)