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92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of petrol, dried mango and lemon. Full-bodied, round and rich with flint and mineral character. Finish is dry and has a silky texture." (9/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #49, Top 100 Wines of 2014* The piercing acidity and pronounced minerality weave a fine tapestry in this lovely Riesling, supporting flavors of white peach, slivered almond, lemon confit and oyster shell with a long, mouthwatering finish." (11/2014) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wonderfully aromatic wine that’s bone dry, fresh and textured. A steely edge gives a mineral, tight character that emphasizes the youth of the wine. Wit ...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) Vinous: "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 »
85% Gamay, 15% Auxerrois. Côtes do Toul lies in the mountainous northeast of France on the banks of the Mosel river. This area used to provide base wines for Champagne before it was ravaged by Phylloxera, but now its claim to fame is Gamay-based rosé grown on its steep, high-altitude slopes. Wine from Lorraine is now extremely obscure, so this is a great chance to try a truly unique product!
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." (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 quality. A ... Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of stainless and sliced apple with hints of melons, lemons and spices. Full-bodied, very tight and lean with a gorgeous salinity. Almost a white pepper character. A triumph. A beauty. So dry and intense. Amazing. Drink or hold." (9/2015) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* One of Trimbach’s top wines, this impressive Riesling, with all its bottle time, is maturing beautifully. It has that petrol character that is typical of aged Riesling, as well as a strong sense of steeliness and intense acidity on the finish." (3/2014) 93 points Decanter: "Austere, mineral nose. Fresh, vivid palate is d ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "A wonderful riesling with focus and excitement. Sliced apple, spice and mineral. Full body, tangy acidity. Very long and intense. A standard-bearer. Drink or hold." (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "RS 3.8 g/l. Aniseed, fennel, lime juice – excellent concentration and varietal accuracy with a delicious floral character on the finish. Steely, pithy, rich and delicious – a great candidate for ageing." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 50% or 60% purchased grapes from clay and limestone soils, the 2013 Riesling Hugel (or Classic, depending on the market) offers white fruits along with some nutty flav ...Read More »
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.
This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and marl soil, rich in sandstones and silicas. Look for fresh, grapefruit aromas, a fruity silky palate, and enjoy with shellfish, chicken with light sauces or as an aperitif with cheese. This is a quiet wine with loads of sneaky power. Don't be afraid to cellar for ten years. This will only become more interesting with time. (Eric Story, Alsace Buyer)
This is the only red wine this Alsatian producer makes, but they do a wonderful job. Refined and fruit-filled, this boasts cherry and red currant fruit and a hint of spice. This is a lighter style of Pinot Noir, crisp and fresh on the palate, that's perfect with a little chill on it. Try it with some tabbouleh and grilled chicken!
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 »
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fresh apple in a soft but refreshingly juicy context is underlain with wet stone and tinged green herbs and salt in a Hugel 2011 Pinot Blanc Les Amours bound to prove deliciously versatile if mild-mannered at table through at least 2014." (8/2014)
Wine & Spirits: "A streak of chalky minerality provides a backbone for this ripe, heady wine, the flavors reminiscent of smoked almonds and lemon meringue. For pork chops." (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* A big, ripe and spicy wine, it also has plenty of fruit to balance plus a drier structure at its center. Just a hint of lychee plus a rounded texture make it full bodied but never heavy. Drink from the end of 2014." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "Exhibits fine balance and mouthwatering acidity, with fresh flavors of juicy pear and apricot fruit, followed by hints of candied ginger and kumquat, smoke and sp ...Read More »
This Pinot Noir was grown in the southern part of Alsace and was hand harvested. It was fermented on native yeast and barrique-aged for 10 months. The wine features a red berry profile with smooth tannins and a spicy finish. According to the winery: "Domaine Rieflé’s terroirs are located throughout the communes of Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten and Soultzmatt on the fracture zones of the Marbach and Ohmbach faults. They form a mosaic of highly fragmented geological compartments. Our AOC Alsace vineyards are mainly situated on sedimentary soils of vary... Read More »
98 points James Suckling: "Superb aromas of pine needles, minerals, sliced mango and flint. Full-bodied and very ripe with dried fruits such as pineapple, peach and lemon. Fabulous length and seriousness. This is the first vintage of a phenomenal wine with Trimbach. Only 3,000 bottles made." (9/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "So elegant, a wine with just a fine balance. It has creamy apple fruit flavors, hedgerow fruits, with a line of crisp acidity to cut through the fruitiness and give a more mineral edge. It will be worth aging this wine for 2–3 years. Drink after 2014." (10/2014) K&L Notes: 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 an... Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "Lots of almond and dried apricot character. Hints of fresh herbs too. Full body, off dry, soft texture and a long and flavorful finish. This has such beautiful balance. Captivating. Great wine from a great vintage." (9/2015) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler offers a deep, darker-scented and spicy bouquet indicating a substantial wine which has reached a first degree of maturity. Rich, sweet, intense and very elegant on the palate this straight, slightly bitter and caramel/moelleux-styled Traminer has smooth acidity and compact finish. It can be ag ...Read More »
From the producer: "Crystal-clear with golden highlights.?The nose is highly expressive, with lovely fruity notes of apricot and quince blending harmoniously with the more floral character of elderberry and wild rose. A superbly balanced wine that combines perfect maturity of a highly characteristic varietal and the excellent breeding shown by the long finish and the mature acidity provided by the terroir."
Inventory: San Francisco
94 points James Suckling: "Lots of dried apple, lemon and rose leaf. Mineral too. Full-bodied, off dry and round. A rich and flavorful white. Dense and layered yet agile. A beautiful wine. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (9/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white-golden 2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain, from 50-year-old vines, is more dry than usual due to the late flowering and the cooler climate of the vintage, which finally brought healthy berries with virtually no botrytis. Clear and subtle on the precisely stony nose, this is a full-bodied, elegant and po ...Read More »
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94 points James Suckling: "A wine with density and richness plus dried apple and honey character. Full body, excellent fruit. Long and rich finish." (9/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, with petrol on the nose and crackling acidity on the palate, this racy, linear white shows fine integration overall and flavors of crunchy white peach, salted almond, lemon curd and ground ginger" (3/2015)
With residual sugar of just 3.9 grams/liter and total acidity of 5.4 grams/liter, here's a traditional, dry Alsatian Riesling with distinctive citrus notes and minerality. Great for grilled fish.
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)
Wine Enthusiast: "This soft wine is full of yellow fruits and spiced lemon, with a light, tangy texture. It’s rich while having a crisper side. Drink in fall 2016." (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with hints of honeysuckle and sage, this fleshy white is framed by well-knit acidity, offering a palate of subtle pear, almond, stone and lemon curd flavors. Drink now through 2019. 1,250 cases made." (11/2014)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beyer's 2013 Gewurztraminer starts very clear and aromatic on the nose, and delivers some smoky Speck aromas. Full-bodied, quite mineral, and elegant on the palate with structure and grip in the finish, this is a classic Gewurz with good length. This it what the French would call a coup de coeur. (SR)" (10/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Candy floss and mandarin on the nose suggest a fun, easy wine and the palate keeps the promise. This is a soft, easy, dry Gewurztraminer with a wonderfully slick mouthfeel and some phenolic grip. It’s rich but presents a tight body." (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "The ze ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Enthusiast: "This perfumed wine is very dry but has delicious and fragrant fruitiness. A slight steely character adds complexity and structure. Made from biodynamically farmed grapes, it is ready to drink." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "Streamlined, this is dry and focused, with a petrol note underscoring crisp flavors of crunchy green pear, blanched almond, candle wax and lemon zest. Moderate finish. Drink now through 2016." (8/2013)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wonderfully balanced wine, bursting with ripe spice as well as acidity. It’s a rich wine, now showing maturity without losing its fruit. The depth of flavor, drilling right down to the mineral structure, is impressive. Drink now, although also wait until 2016." (12/2014) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the heart of the Sporen grand cru, the deeply colored 2009 Gewurztraminer Hugel Jubilee opens with clear and harmonious Gewurz flavors on the explosively aromatic, spicy, deep and mineral nose. Rich and clear, soft and supple on the seductive palate, with a powerful, ripe an ...Read More »
The Schmitt's village is located in the far northern part of the Bas Rhin province about 25 kilometers west of Strasbourg. Although not as picturesque as the quaint villages further south in the Haut Rhin, Bergbieten produces some of the most remarkable wines in all of Alsace. The soil is gravelly limestone, which provides perfect drainage during wet periods, reflects the sunlight well during cool, sunny weather, and remains moist in dry spells. The Schmitts vinify their wines in the traditional style. This means a cool fermentation of a hand picked harv... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "This is lemony and spicy with dried citrus fruits that follow through to a full body, dried fruit character and a flavorful finish. Drink now." (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very clear and precise, with smoky aromas on the nose the white golden colored 2013 Gewurztraminer Les Princes Abbés is a very elegant, sweet, piquant and frisky wine with a good and grippy structure and a long, salty/mineral finish. Just lovely not only at this price. Highly recommended. (SR)" (9/2015) Vinous: "Bright gold-tinged yellow. Lovely fresh Gewürztraminer aromas of mango, grapefruit, rose petal and smoked ...Read More »
According to the winery: "This Grand Cru Steinert Riesling opens up with a pleasant minerality that develops into striking notes of verbena, gentian flower, apricot and ripe lemon. A dry wine with a big, fat texture. The seductive finish offers nice tart, candied flavours. This wine is ideal for dishes that require a dry yet powerful wine. Try with sole, seabass or John Dory, in lemon or beurre blanc sauce, or lobster. Steinert literally refers to the stony nature of the terroir. It lies opposite the Alsace plain, the Rhine and the Black Forest and faces... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This is labeled as dry, which sums up this crisp and fruity wine. Delicious, refreshing acidity is gently spiced and layered with green apples and quince flavors." (4/2015) K&L Notes: According to the winery: "Domaine Rieflé’s terroirs are located throughout the communes of Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten and Soultzmatt on the fracture zones of the Marbach and Ohmbach faults. They form a mosaic of highly fragmented geological compartments. Our AOC Alsace vineyards are mainly situated on sedimentary soils of varying depths. Our Pinot Blanc parcels all lie on the oft... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and balanced, with flavors of dried strawberry, grilled plum, rhubarb and smoke, framed by tangy acidity. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2014)"
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)
93-95 points Vinous: "Pale straw. Pristine aromas of canned pineapple, ripe pear, apple juice and white flowers. Silky and precise in the mouth, with complex, deep tropical fruit and flint framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with a compelling floral perfume. The older Muschelkalk limestone soils of the Clos Windsbuhl really deliver a more feminine, graceful style of Gewürztraminer. This will match perfectly with a lightly curried dish. (ID)" (4/2015) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Intensely perfumed, this rich wine has also kept a fresher side. It’s very fruity at this stage, with mango ...Read More »
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92 points James Suckling: "This is high energy Sylvaner with amazing lime and lemon character plus hints of stones. Peppery too. Full body, bright acidity and layers of fruit and spice. Really impressive. From organically grown grapes." (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From vines planted in 1946 and 1960 on the granite soils around the village of Niedermorschwihr, the 2013 Sylvaner fermented in traditional oak vats and opens very clear, fresh and subtle on the nose, displaying ripe white fruit aromas along with granite notes. Crystalline and piquant on the palate, this is a full-flavored and intense Sylvan ...Read More »
93 points Wine & Spirits: "The Heissenberg or “hot mountain” vineyard lies in the upper Bas-Rhin area of Alsace, on a south-facing slope with pink sandstone and gneiss soils that André Ostertag has farmed biodynamically since 1997. It tends to produce wines that are fleshy and exotic, like this 2012. Fresh, ripe peach and apricot flavors predominate, wrapping around a firm mineral core. Orange blossom, sage and oolong tea notes appear, as well as a phenolic note of walnut skin that tightens the finish. Warming and luscious to drink now, it should age well in the cellar for another ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly honeyed, backed by enough juicy acidity for balance, with a waft of petrol accenting the flavors of melon, orange granita and candied almond, followed by a stony finish. Drink now through 2020." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This cool wine features considerable freshness cutting the fragrant fruits. The single-vineyard site of Hohrain is next door to Pfersigberg Grand Cru. The wine is still young and showing textured mineral character. It needs several years to bring out its depth of flavor. Drink from 2017." (4/2015)
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) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2015)
97 points James Suckling: "White peaches, almonds, minerals, dry soil and hints of morels. Full-bodied, dry and lasts for minutes on the palate with dried fruits, apricots, orange peel and mineral. Long finish. Truly fabulous." (9/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral, fresh and elegant, this is driven by racy acidity and smoky minerality, layered with flavors of apricot, peach skin, pink grapefruit zest, blanched almond and fleur de sel. Shows lovely harmony and beautiful texture." (10/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Lime, lemon, zesty and vibrant. Has much more concentration and zip than their 'basic' Schlossberg. (RH) ...Read More »
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An aromatic and sprightly wine, with fruity citrus notes and great balance. This is a food Riesling to be sure, and will pair beautifully with everything from creamy cheeses to grilled seafood. It's still quite young; give it a few years--if you can wait.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pale yellow 2014 Pinot Blanc Nature'S displays clear, bright and fresh pear, apple and citrus aromas on the nose. Crisp and straight on the palate, this is a linear and bone dry Pinot Blanc with a grippy finish. Not much meat on the bones which are obviously made from limstone. (SR)" (9/2015) K&L Notes: Organically farmed from vineyard plots around Ribeauvillé.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Picked two weeks later than Turckheim the yellow-golden colored 2012 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl was the last harvested Riesling in 2012. Picked with a touch of botrytis (less than 10%) it fermented very lazy and stopped with technically not really dry 11.5 grams per liter residual sweetness. Bottled in March 2015 the wine shows a very elegant, super ripe and very intense yet pure, precise and highly elegant bouquet of sweet cherries, lemon chutney and some hints of lemon oil. Rich and piquant on the palate, and provided with a pronounced acidity and penetra ...Read More »
94 points Wine & Spirits: "(no tasting note given)" (12/2015) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A flinty nose of citrus purity hints that this still requires bottle age, but all the elements of a great wine are present. It offers a bundled concentration of flavor and fruit, and a straight backbone of acidity pervades everything with a sense of purity. Right now, fresh citrus notes of lemon pith, peel and flesh dominate aromatically, but this will blossom. There are already inklings of honey and orange in the background but only time will reveal what cabinet of wonders is hidden here. Drink 2017–2025." (12/2015) 92 points James Suckling: "This i ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
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96 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of violets and dark fruits on the nose. Very pure. Full body plus hints of stone, clay and dark fruits. Very lively and intense. Superfine. Amazing finish." (9/2015)