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89 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is deliciously fresh and full. Red fruits are laced with intense acidity and a crisp, clean texture. It gives instant fruity pleasure and a light and bright aftertaste. — R.V." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Most people outside of the region don't think about Alsace for sparkling wine, and neither did we until Armand Baur popped a bottle of his Cremant d'Alsace on our very first visit. He actually said: "You probably have no interest in this, but maybe you would like to try"? Of course we said yes all the while maintaining a stone cold business face. And the rest is his... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Verbena and pine forest hints lace this dry, well-cut white, while smoky minerality underscores flavors of melon, dried apricot, pink grapefruit and beeswax. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases imported. –AN" (11/2014) Antonio Galloni: "Pale straw with a light gold tinge. Notes of smoky bacon fat complicate delicate tropical fruits, rose water and ginger on the nose. Then rather austere and linear on the palate, with good floral lift to the stone fruit flavors. Finishes rich and long, with a trace of alcoholic heat. Although Trimbach had made a Réserve Gewürz ...Read More »
Here at K&L we love dry rosé. We especially love rosé from France, and we really love French sparkling rosé. But we really, REALLY love French sparkling rosé that sells for less than $20! This is quality, too. Made in the traditional methode (Champenoise) from 100% Pinot Noir. Wonderful strawberry fruit and a crisp, flowery tang. Just the thing on a romantic evening that just happens to fall on a regular old Tuesday.
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 »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This concentrated wine has weight and richness while also showing a firm, very mineral ans tight texture. The green fruits, aromatic red currants and tangy zest are partnered by young and exuberant freshness. It needs a few years to show its paces, so drink from 2018. Kobrand. —R.V." (11/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "This bright, aromatic white shows excellent cut, with hints of orchard blossom and rose to the flavors of quince, lychee, mandarin orange and ground ginger underscored by a light smoky vein of minerality. Drink now through 2018. 700 cases imported." (10/2013) K&L Notes: This is ... Read More »
This wine comes from one of the most famous Grand Cru vineyards of Alsace. Gravelly soils with rich deposits of magnesium give the wine elegance, finesse and freshness. Well-balanced and concentrated, the wine displays aromas of rose, acacia and exotic fruits. It is best served with poultry, fish dishes and fruity desserts.
Wine Spectator: "Lightly juicy and balanced, this easy-drinking Gewürz is underscored by stone and spice details and hints of lime blossom, apricot and melon. Subtle finish. Drink now. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: Jean-Baptiste Adam may be a new name on our shelves, but they are celebrating their 400th anniversary of grape growing! This wines features exotic floral aromatics and a well-defined, balanced texture. Very well done Gewürz! Vin biologique.
This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.
93 points Wine Spectator: "**Highly Recommended** This harmonious version walks a fine line between lightly sweet flavors of ripe green melon, pear, clover honey and toasted almond, accented by dry and zesty hints of ground spice, herb and smoky mineral. Lacy and elegant throughout, thanks to firm, well-meshed acidity. Drink now through 2023." (10/2014)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mango aromas drive this rich wine, full of honey as well as spicy fruits. It is not so much weighty as intense, with a sense of warmth. Now mature and ready to drink, it still retains a youthful fruit character." (10/2013)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is pure Riesling, very mineral, steely and direct. With intense acidity as well as the crispest green and citrus fruits, it’s still very young. The fresh current gives an initial lift while keeping the concentrated texture in mind. Drink from 2017. —R.V." (11/2014)
Run by Colette Faller and her two daughters Cathy and Laurence since 1979, Domaine Weinbach has holdings in some of the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace, including their monopole Clos des Capucins and the Grand Crus Schlossberg and Furstenstum. All of their wines are made entirely of estate fruit and are biodynamic. From the winery: "The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Dry and focused, this mineral-driven version offers lots of ground white pepper and ginger notes, with an open-knit mesh of crunchy apricot, lychee, grapefruit zest and melon rind." (10/2013) K&L Notes: This is the entry level Gewürztraminer from Zind Humbrecht, one of Alsace's most respected producers. Fresh, spicy and mineral, with a hint of smoked meat, this will surely impress.
Wine & Spirits: "Flinty, floral and cardamom-spicy at first, this comes across as heady in all its perfume, finishing dry and a little blunt. Bosky apple and white cherry fruit fill out the midpalate. For alpine cheeses." (12/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a bright and fruity, red-fruit flavored wine. It has a touch of tannins to give some texture, along with bright acidity and a crisp aftertaste. Drink now." (3/2014) Wine Spectator: "An aromatic sparkler, with floral overtones and subtle flavors of peach, strawberry and raspberry. Light and crisp. Pinot Noir. (Web-2011)"
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hugel’s 2007 Riesling Jubilee is even more intensely bright and citric than its 2005 counterpart, although their level of acidity is the same, and indeed – Mark Hugel points out – vintage-to-vintage regularity in gross chemical make-up is a characteristic for the estate’s top Schoenenbourg Riesling. Tangerine zest, thyme, pepper cress, and fusil and marine aromas prepare the way for a satiny palate saturated with illusive mineral as well as pungently herbal and citric flavors. The sense of palpable extract here is formidable, which – along with its prono ...Read More »
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 and palate, which tends to be inflected with lovely minerality. Essentially dry, with just a bit of residual sugar that rounds the edge. Long and persistent, the 2012 will drink well now, and will age nicely for a few years, too.
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and tangy, this dry version meshes expressive notes of mandarin orange, fresh ginger, peach, stone and dried herbs. Drink now through 2018." (10/2013) K&L Notes: All of the fruit comes from the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim.
90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and well-balanced, with an aromatic note of fresh earth layered with flavors of peach skin, Meyer lemon, ground ginger, paraffin and smoky mineral. Drink now through 2020." (10/2014)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "While this is a nonvintage wine, it is still very young and will benefit from time in bottle. That will allow the rich apple and crisp lemon flavors to round out, calming the intense acidity. The potential of this rich wine is considerable. — R.V." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Made up of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, with zero dosage, this pretty sparkling has very classy and feminine aromatics and is very nicely textured along the palate, with classic Chardonnay character that's lightened up on the finish by the small addition of Pinot Blanc and a vibrant mineral qua... Read More »
Run by Colette Faller and her two daughters Cathy and Laurence since 1979, Domaine Weinbach has holdings in some of the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace, including their monopole Clos des Capucins and the Grand Crus Schlossberg and Furstenstum. All of their wines are made entirely of estate fruit and are biodynamic. From the winery: "The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered ... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bott’s 2010 Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz exhibits a deep gold color with scents of lichen, both of which characteristics point toward the presence of botrytis, which adds spice, caramel and honey to peach and smoked meat flavors on an expansive, polished and glycerol-slicked palate. Finishing with sweet persistence, this V.T.-like bottling strikes me as likely to be best enjoyed solo and by 2018. (DS)" (8/2014)89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright golden yellow. Delicate tropical fruits, licorice and sweet brown spices on the subdued nose. Somewhat soft and diffuse on the palate, with licori ...Read More »
This 'grand cru' single vineyard Gewurtzraminer is distinguished by its balance of intense aromas, richness on the palate, and elegant structure. Tropical fruit and floral aromas and flavors are balanced by fresh acidity, making this a full and flavorful wine that delights on its own, but is also well matched to rich and spicy dishes, sweet and sour dishes, or strong cheeses.
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 »
Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant wine, attractively perfumed, crisply fresh. It is full of ripe apples, layered with intense acidity and balanced with a warmer peach flavor. Ready to drink." (10/2013)
Antonio Galloni: "Pale color. Lovely aromatic lift to the aromas of citrus peel, winter melon, mint and tarragon. Juicy, brisk and light on its feet; this strikes me as less perfumed than usual but comes across as clean, pure and almost weightless. Finishes with a note of peppery acidity. Only about 1,800 bottles were made in 2013, compared to the usual 3,000. (ID)" (4/2015)
Inventory: San Francisco
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, aim to make their great wines starting in the vineyard. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine--some casks are 100 years old or so!. Fermentation is with natural yeasts, and there's no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity, of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilization (chemical or organic) because Fl... Read More »
96 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright golden yellow. Pure, tangy, botrytis-rich aromas of apricot, peach syrup, orange marmalade, honey, smoked meat and cinnamon, all lifted by a note of lavender. A glyceral, honeyed essence of Gewürztraminer in the mouth, but the palate-saturating flavors of tropical fruits and spices are wonderfully fresh and long. This seems richer and deeper but more forward than the 2011 Mambourg VT. (ID)" (4/2015)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is rich, full in the mouth and delicious. With its creamy texture, baked apple flavors and sprinkling of spice, it’s a dense and ripe wine that could be drunk now, but which will be better in 2016." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Floral and lightly honeyed, this fresh white is focused by racy acidity and a streak of stony mineral. Lacy and lithe, with ripe apricot and blood orange notes. Drink now through 2017." (10/2014)
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, share the philosophy that great wines aren't made in the cellar but in vineyards. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks, that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine (casks are 100 years old or so!). Fermentation with natural yeasts, and absolutely no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: absolutely, using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilizatio... Read More »
Hubert Meyer is one in a long line of vignerons in his family. Since the 17th Century, from generation to generation, the Meyers have maintained a passion for wine. Hubert succeeded his father Andre as head of the domaine in 1976 and with his wife Jocelyne helped foster a new regard for the wines. In, Hubert's son, Pierre, finished his viticulture and oenology studies and has joined the domaine full-time, infusing the energy of the next generation into the wines.
Antonio Galloni: "Bright straw with a gold tinge. Peach, tea and spice on the forward nose. Rich, ripe and suave, with lovely tropical fruit flavors that persist nicely at the back, with a touch of alcoholic heat becoming apparent with aeration. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three main areas: Saint Hippolyte (on soils rich in granite and clay that yield wines with less acidity), Bergheim (slightly bigger, richer wines), and a few small plots between Riquewihr and Béblenheim. (ID)" (4/2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Overtly sweet even at 14% alcohol, the Mann 2009 Gewurztraminer incorporates much of this year’s crop from the Altenbourg. Celery seed, litchi, rose petal, and saline, marine breeze in the nose lead to a full, subtly creamy, palpably low-acid, but fortunately persistently juicy palate, finishing somewhat simple and obviously sweet. Jacky Barthelme insists "this is too good for a generic," and I sympathize in terms of his willingness to declassify cru material, but in terms of the wine’s performance, it seems to me to have been classed correctly. Drink it ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-dark yellow. Pineapple, lime and jasmine on the minerally nose. Very dry and citrussy in the mouth, but delivers noteworthy volume and flesh. The brisk finish of this very promising riesling offers mineral and herbal nuances. This lieu-dit in Nothalten is all gres rose (red sandstone) and granite, and the resulting wines have bright floral and mineral personalities. Nothalten is the place in Alsace were the Vosges mountains go from mainly sandstone to granite, so the wines tend to go from softer to more taut and compact." (12/2012) K&L Notes: André Oster... Read More »
David Schildknecht: "Jean-Pierre Frick, a practitioner and vociferous defender of bio-dynamic practices before they were widely recognized much less in fashion, has coupled this interest with one in raising and (to the extent they finish dry) bottling wines without adding sulfur. Non-sulfur bottlings are by no means the only experiments among Frick’s offerings, which can sometimes taste extremely fascinating and delicious ? and occasionally simply extreme. He would not want it any other way....Incidentally, Frick says that virtually his entire, small 201... Read More »
The "Berckem" is composed of up to 13 different Alsatian varietals which are estate grown by the Domaine and situated around the village of Bergheim. They are harvested from the limestone and marl soils as one and then also pressed and vinified together as well. Richer and rounder in the aromatic with a backing of floral lift and Gewurztraminer spice poking through. Definitely has good power running through the finish with a good balance of sweet fruit to lighten it up on the back end. Needs decanting… (Eric Story, Alsatian Buyer)