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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 »
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 »
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."
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.
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 »
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!
Weingut Drautz was founded in 1496 on the outskirts of Heilbronn, in Württemberg. Today, its vineyards span almost 17 hectares of vines in Heilbronn, Coventry, and Lauffen, planted to a variety of German red and white wine varieties, including: Trollinger, Lemberger, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Samtrot, Merlot, Dornfelder, Regent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Kerner, Müller-Thurgau, Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer. Also known as Blaufrankisch, Lemberger is red grape variety known for yeilding wines with a deep color... 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.
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
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.
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 »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Aromas of papaya, vanilla custard and hazelnut. The succulent apricot and spice flavors are given shape and life by bright acidity. A serious wine with an austere but pure finish of noteworthy length." (1/2013)
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.
From importer Rudi Wiest: "In the Gault Millau/German Wine Guide the estate was voted newcomer of the year in 2009...It dates back to 1845 and is currently in its 9th generation. The idyllic delightful inner courtyard with its imposing chestnut tree was expanded in the early 90s to include a painstakingly and lovingly restored guest house. At the same time Daniel Wagner decided to build on the tradition of classic wine production and restore the previously famed vineyard sites Höllberg and Heerkretz (ripens two week later) to their former glory. Restor... 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)
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 »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett has much more finesse than the Thanisch Kabinett but with 80 grams of residual sugar it's even sweeter. Its piquancy and mineral character lends it a stunning purity and promises a great aging potential. (SR)" (2/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "A touch of pollen adds earthy funk to pristine white blossom and pear notes on this brisk, invigorating wine. Searing acid swipes through the midpalate, but the delicate hints of sweet yellow-cherry persist through the finish." (2/2015) K&L Notes: Mosel Fine Wine: "This big full-bodied wine behaves really ... 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)
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)
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 »
From the brewery: "Based on Freigeist’s traditional sour & salty porter recipe, Salzspeicher Cherry & Salzspeicher Raspberry feature all the complexity & character of the of the original but go one step further with the addition of tart & flavorful real fruits during fermentation."
Inventory: Redwood City
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.
92 points Wine Spectator: "Packed with spice, this is distinctive and racy. Licorice and grapefruit comes into play as this rides the bracing structure to a long conclusion. Light and intense, with a persistent savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2020." (11/2008)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Haart 2007 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett smells of pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Rather soft and pliable on the palate -- particularly in direct comparison with the corresponding Grafenberg -- this nonetheless has a soothing, elegant, and delicate personality and finishes with a long, lovely if low-energ ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
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
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 »
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)
Classified as a spirit. Do not ship to no spirits locations.