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F WEINS PRUM 13 RL AUSLESE
F WEINS PRUM 2013 RIESLING AUSLESE
WEHLENER SONNENUHR
Item: #331132
Bottle Size:750ml
$30.98
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GEBRUDER SIMON 13 BT RIESLING
GEBRUDER SIMON 2013 BRUT RIESLING SEKT
Item: #374116
Bottle Size:750ml
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This Champagne Method, estate-bottled Riesling Sekt is made from hillside grapes grown in the Moselle village of Erden. Off dry (Auslese is used for the dosage) this bubbly is packed Read More...
with fresh apple and pear flavors. A delicious change of pace from Prosecco and and a Best Buy to boot.
HOFGUT FALKENSTEIN 14 RL DRY
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JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93 POINTS POINTS
The Altenberg vineyard in Krettnach is a mix of grey slate and a bit of Diabas, and in 2014, Read More...
the Spätlese Trocken from Herr Weber is the most aromatically expressive of the Spätlesen Trocken bottlings out of the blocks, as it jumps from the glass in a mix of tangerine, lemon, complex slate minerality, gentle smokiness, a touch of menthol and a topnote of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and a bit more reserved behind its structure than the nose suggests, with a fine core, great minerality, fine focus and cut and a long, nascently complex and very classy finish. Another stellar bottle in the making, just give it a bit of bottle age. 2018-2040.

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This elegant wine with great, balanced acidity gives way to aromas of kumquat and lemon blossom. The palate is poised on a fine edge of minerality with aromas of sea salt, lemon, and Granny Smith apples before a savory and lingering, umami finish. Impressive purity of fruit, along with great viscosity and brightness, ending with a five-minute finish.

Over 100 years ago, the Krettnacher Altenberg was among the few highly rated Saar vineyards and the quality of its wines remains unassailable. Erich Weber inherited a south-facing, old vine Riesling parcel in a side valley of this storied vineyard. The resulting wines are always inspiring. This is one of the standouts of the 2014 vintage. (A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 9 15)
JJ PRUM 07 RL AUSLESE BERN
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WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS
Yeasty, fermentative notes to some extent shroud the true aromas of the Prums’ 2007 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese, Read More...
which with patience reveals high-toned herbal essences, fresh lime, and gardenia. In the mouth this is intensely saline and lime-fruited, making for a refreshing and enervating character one seldom finds at Auslese level, and that offers dynamic counterpoint to the wine’s wafting floral notes and its rich flavors of cherry preserve and honey. As Manfred Prum is the first to point out, this Auslese is more than a little Saar-like. It also finishes straight and penetrating as an arrow, with suggestions of peat, salt, and wet stone adding a fascinating mineral dimension.

The characteristics of great Riesling from the Prum estate coincide with one of the most striking virtues of 2007 Mosel Rieslings in general, namely the ability to combine intensity of aroma and flavor with delicacy, and caressing richness with vivacity. In a sense, the best wines in this year’s collection are like Prum-squared in their distinctiveness and expressivity. Manfred Prum acknowledges good reasons for the widespread comparison of 2007 with 2004, and thinks the present vintage also shares the richness of 2005. Notoriously little attention is paid at this address to dry-tasting wines, and I was unfortunately not able to taste either a Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese trocken or a Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese feinherb. Nobly sweet wines which I have not yet tasted include Wehlener Sonnenuhr auction Spatlese, gold capsule Auslese, and Beerenauslese; a Graacher Himmelreich long gold capsule Auslese, and a Bernkasteler Badstube Eiswein.
JJ PRUM 10 RL AUSLESE BERN
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WINE ADVOCATE - 93 POINTS
Site-typical lime and dark cherry accented by cherry pit make for a Prum 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese Read More...
at once liqueur-like in richness; juicily, vivaciously citric; and invigorating in its combination of subtly cyanic, chewy, saline, and zesty finishing impingements. Like so many of the more successful wines of its vintage, this also uncannily combines palpable senses of high extract with levity, its high acid and low alcohol reinforcing one another’s encouragement of vivacity and refreshment such as are seldom derived from a wine at this level of ripeness. This deeply flavorful, vibrant, and not in the least superficially sweet Auslese is I feel sure going to go strong for more than another 30 years. (Would that I could so easily imagine myself living to test that prognosis!)

Katharina Prum says she and her father performed some de-acidification on their eventual generic Kabinett bottling as wine, but otherwise employed only sparingly light double-salt must de-acidification, insisting that late harvesting was the essential measure to be taken this year against high acidity. (And, as usual, most of the wines were bottled in high summer, relatively late when compared with those of nearly all their Middle Mosel neighbors.) It’s not so much that measurable acidity dropped significantly in the second half of October, opined Prum, but that the character of the acidity changed in immeasurable ways. Other than the aforementioned generic bottling, concentration was deemed simply too high this year for any of an already small crop to be rendered as Kabinett. And indeed, only the two most prominent sites were captured in Spatlese format; all else is Auslese and above. Prum notes that levels of residual sugar are seldom significantly higher this year than in other recent vintages, with the result that the wines generally tend to taste a bit drier. “Above and beyond” (as it were) those wines I report on (or whose existence I at least mention) below, there is material from Wehlener Sonnenuhr expected to inform long gold capsule Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese and be released in future years. (Veteran readers of my reports will know by now that while there are often multiple eponymous Prum bottlings, the family is loathe to disclose the A.P. #s of wines they serve in tastings, numbers that might be required to disambiguate between lots which they insist that there will only ever be very slight difference. In 2010, the crop is was so small that there are few alternate bottlings.)
JJ PRUM 11 RL AUSLESE
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WINE ADVOCATE - 93 POINTS
Given the outstanding performances of its Kabinett and Spatlese counterparts, I approached the Prum 2011 Bernkasteler Read More...
Badstube Riesling Auslese with keen anticipation and was not disappointed. Here are cherries poached in musk and Persian melon juices, steeped with brown spices and headily wreathed in gardenia perfume. The combination of succulence and delicacy is attention-grabbing and a hint of salinity and crustacean-like savor grabs the salivary glands for a long finishing engagement. This striking beauty should be worth cellaring for decades.

Katharina Prum says her team did an extensive pre-harvest culling of negatively botrytized material in September, “but it was the beginning of October before you had the ripeness to harvest a good Kabinett.” And the Prums were very happy – over and beyond the no doubt more conspicuous successes that this vintage brought them, including the results of sparse late botrytis – to have been able to bottle a full range of Kabinetts in decent quantity; indeed, there’s marginally more Kabinett than Spatlese, something that would have been taken for granted here 25 or more years ago but is today rare. And what quality and value – not to mention age-ability – these Kabinetts offer! Relatively low – upper 20s or low 30s – residual sugar in them has meant reaching 9-9.5% alcohol, but I defy anyone to charge them with lack of delicacy. “This balance is intentionally what we’re tending toward now,” explains Prum. “Since we don’t make any trocken wines, this is our notion of a light, dry Mosel Riesling. But that doesn’t mean we did any calculations or often had to intervene. For the most part, the wines simply found their own balance.” This year’s collection at Uferalle 19 is happily notable also for wines that are nearly all frank and forthcoming, with little of the interference from fermentative afterbirth or sulfur byproducts that one must often accept early-on in the life of a vintage at this address. And, curiously, the wines from Wehlener Sonnenuhr, rather than being the most backward, were atypically open last September. It goes without saying given their long track record that these are, in general, wines to cellar long-term – even the Kabinetts among them – but you will certainly not be disappointed if you can’t restrain yourself from opening some Prum 2011s today! (As frequently explained in the context of my reviews of these wines, I am not always privy to the A.P. numbers of the bottles I sample at Joh. Jos. Prum and the family prides themselves on consistency between different but – save for their registration numbers – identically-labeled bottlings. That said, in instances where there are several otherwise eponymous 2011 bottlings and the wine in question is iconic and beloved of Riesling collectors – such as a Wehlener Spatlese or Auslese – I take the opportunity to, in this instance, supply the registration number of the bottling that I tasted.)
MONCHHOF 12 RL URZ WURZ SPATL
MONCHHOFF 2012 URZIGER WURZGARTEN SPATLESE
RIESLING
Item: #308521
Bottle Size:750ML
$18.98
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Ripe white peach aromatics mix with hints of exotic fruit. On the palate there are classic Würzgarten floral spice notes, which swirl with pear, guava, red raspberry, lemon, iris Read More...
and hints of pineapple. Wine offers excellent volume with a rich texture and a long finish. This Spätlese is sourced from the original part of the Würzgarten (where the vines are between 60-100 years old).
MONCHHOF 13 RL MOSEL SLATE
Monchhof 2013 Riesling Spatlese Mosel Slate
Item: #360380
Bottle Size:750ml
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A very minerally version, with concentrated acidity and flavors of grapefruit, green apple and savory herb. This is enriched by tangerine and shiso leaf notes, featuring hints of lushness. Read More...
Fresh and crunchy on the finish. Drink now through 2038.
REINERT 13 RL KABINETT FEINHER
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JANCIS ROBINSON
"An almost perfumed citrus fragrance opens the scene for a pleasant demonstration of Riesling without warts or edges. Fresh clean Read More...
citrus fruit flavour is supported by a delicate soupcon of residual sugar."

Importer Notes - Classic Saar steeliness and clarity with delicate mineral notes and an almost gossamer mouthfeel to it... from the vineyards Wawerner Ritterpfad ("path of knights"): A wine to quaff and enjoy with all sorts of spicy foods... utterly refreshing!
REUSCHER-HAART 14 PIESPORT KAB
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Goldtröpfchen translates to “little golden droplets” and has been a highly regarded site since the Roman times. It is totally south facing and wraps around one of the largest bends Read More...
in the Moselle River, this location protects the vines from winds. The soil is soft, deep and purely weathered Devonian slate. Adam’s holdings are located in areas of the vineyard where flurbereinigung did not occur, so most of the vines are 35+ years old.

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REUSCHER-HAART 14 RL SPATLESE
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RICHTER 02 RL SPATLESE TROCKEN
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The Mülheimer Sonnenlay is the largest single vineyard in the Max Ferd. Richter estate. The ‘Sonnenlay’ (sunshine and slate) is situated in a valley adjacent south to the river. Up Read More...
to the last ice age that was the original bed of the Mosel river. The Sonnenlay mountain is facing west - south west. This specific wine originates from the part called “Johannisberg”, presenting the best part of the mountain.

This 2002 Riesling Spatlese Trocken is ageing beautifully with great complexity and depth. Bright, clear structure of ripe yellow fruit, faint petrol aromas, clearing and giving way to fresh peach flavors, good acids, and pure slate stone minerals on the palate, backed by good weight and a refreshing, long finish.
RICHTER 14  RIESLING ZEPPELIN
MAX FERD RICHTER MULHER 2014 ZEPPELIN RIESLING
Item: #333375
Bottle Size:750ML
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This gossamer, lightly sweet Riesling is a fantastic pairing for Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings. You are greeted with a bouquet of fresh white peach and citrus flavors. Read More...
The wine is playful, clean and lean on the palate and leaves a crisp mouth-watering feel and a medium-long finish.

SCHLOSS SCHONBORN 10 RL KAB
SCHONBORN 2010 ESTATE RIESLING KABINETT ESTATE
Item: #372095
Bottle Size:750ml
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Just in time for Thanksgiving we discovered this very pretty Kabinett. With loads of kiwi and red gooseberry flavors, this very exotic Riesling is a pleasure to drink. Schloss SchöRead More...
nborn is the oldest estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family (27 generations). Certainly, they have perfected the science of winemaking which even shows in their lower priced wines. With 11% alcohol this wine is slightly sweet. It is rich in flavor and refreshing which makes it the PERFECT companion for your Thanksgiving dinner. Bring on the turkey!
SELBACH OSTER 12 ZELT HIM KAB
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MOSEL FINE WINES - 90 POINTS
"This impeccable and balanced wine performs a classy show driven by juicy white peach and white flowers on the palate. Read More...
The wine offers and impeccably well-balanced flower feel in the zesty and salty finish. It is just easy-going, in the best sense of the word. Now-2017."

From the importer: "This wine has started to constitute a franchise; it's been so stellar for so many years, and this is a superb vintage of this steady classic, as minty and pointed as always, peppermint and tarragon, but a thicker, denser body and greater mid-palate length. It seems drier than the Trockens. Likely the best vintage ever for this."

Wine Advocate 88 Points: Picked October 22, the Selbach-Oster classic 2012 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken ended up with 11% and 16.6 grams per liter residual sugar. The wine offers a clear and bright, spring-like fruit and slate aroma leading to a full-flavored, piquant and quite racy and slightly sweet palate with a stimulating salty and juicy finish.
SELBACH-OSTER 10 RL "ROTLAY"
SELBACH-OSTER 2010 RIESLING "ROTLAY"
ZELTINGER SONNENUHR
Item: #310010
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91
WA:93
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WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS -"The remarkably nuanced, savory complexity as well as the combination of creaminess with vivacity and elegance that characterize Read More...
this site at its best certainly accrue to the Selbach's block-picked (at 140 aggregate Oechsle!), Pradikat-free 2010 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay, just as in this year's corresponding Spatlesen and Auslesen. Nut paste, honey, citrus cream, dried apricot, and brown spices are among the layers to be found densely packed yet coursing with almost electric energy and citricity (at 14 grams acidity!). Its hold on my palate is equaled by that on my imagination. Following this over the next two or more decades will be an adventure, and I suspect that it will unfold its layers and its sheer dynamism will turn to captivating dance."

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS- "Juicy, with concentrated peach, apricot and ripe pear flavors that are well-spiced and linger with notes of fruit confit. The rich finish features plenty of minerally accents. Drink now through 2025."

Winemaker Notes:
"The Rotlay is the single best parcel within the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr. Rotlay is an old, local term for a rather unique piece of vineyard which is tucked between a massive wall of slate as the upper border and the large water surface of the river with it's mirror effect as the lower border. On the sides it is open and flows into the other local parcels called "Kakert" and "Lehnschaft" though there [are] some large outcroppings of rock in the border areas, creating a unique geographic scenario, similar to a "clos" in France, with a rather unique microclimate. The slope that comprises "Rotlay" faces straight south here and the soil is very stony, covered with big chunks of blue Devonian slate. (The slate is the compressed silt of the seabed of the giant ocean that once covered most of the earth some 450 million years ago alongside the single continent Pangea.) The inclination of the vineyard ranges between 45 and 60 degrees. Hand labor is a must. "Rot" in German means "red" and some people interpret this as a sign for the high mineral contents of the soil which is visible where iron components, exposed to the elements, actually do rust. "Rodt," in older German orthography, also stands for "cleared' in the sense of barren, stripped of vegetation, and some people say it's the massive wall of rock and the surrounding outcroppings of rock, which are barren, resp. indicate a bald spot in the slope. Either version has its justification since the vineyard is a steep, barren, rocky, hot piece of "dirt" where only deep root systems can survive the always warm, at times hot and arid microclimate. Drought is often a concern here. Selbach-Oster owns the biggest piece of the Rotlay and, in 2004 we began to pick "Rotlay" as a single block, with no selections pulled from the vineyard prior to harvesting. This brings the unique, diverse mix of greenish-yellow, golden, slightly overripe copper-colored, as well as botrytised berries together, creating a truly wholesome wine which reflects the true expression of this great site's "terroir," without the influence of human selection. We refrain from skimming through this vineyard but rather prefer a long hangtime to pick at optimum ripeness without pushing for over the top sugars." - Johannes Selbach

Importer Notes:
"I'll pick up on an implication inherent in Johannes' thinking here, which is that the en bloc picking is in essence a search for truth. All the wine books tell you that Auslese is/was made by successive passes through the vineyard - indeed it's what "Auslese" means - and yet 20-30 years ago only a few growers had the wherewithal to accomplish this. Usually they waited as long as they could bear and then gathered it all. As Hans Selbach was old enough to have lived through those days, I'm sure he contemplated what might have been lost in the modern obsession with skimming
SELBACH-OSTER 13 RL KABINETT
SELBACH-OSTER 2013 RIESLING KABINETT
Item: #324088
Bottle Size:750ml
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WINE ADVOCATE - 89 POINTS
Picked on October 17 and bottled with the 9% alcohol plus 36.4 grams residual sugar, the 2013 Riesling Kabinett tastes Read More...
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.

In 2013 the Selbachs did virtually no dry wines due to the difficult weather conditions and quickly spreading botrytis. So the 2013s are not really what the family loves to produce: lean and pure Mosel classics which are rather delicate and filigreed than rich and intense. However, Barbara Selbach poured me some impressive Prädikate from the 2013 vintage as well as several 2012s on which I report on eRobertParker.com. The 2013 Zeltinger Schlossberg Trockenbeerenauslese was one of the very rare TBAs I have tasted on my Mosel trips because they were rarely produced.
SYBILLE KUNTZ 12 RL KAB TROCK
SYBILLE KUNTZ 2012 RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN
Item: #362368
Bottle Size:750ml
$22.98
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JANCIS ROBINSON 17 POINTS (OUT OF 20)
Very stony with just a light citrus note. Full of energy, very crisp and finely balanced. Deliciously invigorating. Read More...
Very young but already a pleasure. (JH)
WILLI SCHAEFER 14 GRA DOM KAB
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JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93+ POINTS
The 2014 Domprobst Kabinett is also excellent, and as is customary with the two top vineyards Read More...
in Graach, the Domprobst is more reserved in personality out of the blocks than its colleague from the Himmelreich. The bouquet offers up a deep and primary blend of apple, pear, petrol a lovely base of slate and again, a gentle touch of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-bodied and very transparent, with a rock solid core, crisp acids and a very long, currently fairly reserved finish. This is an excellent Domprobst Kabinett in the making, and given that wines from this vineyard always start out life a bit less expressive than the Himmelreich, I would not be surprised to see this wine’s score climb a bit with sufficient bottle age. 2019-2040. 93+.

From Importer Terry Theise: "Sommelier Alert! The pistachio side of Domprobst, but focused to a point so fine it's like you took a laser pointer to the terroir, and yet it's limpid and lapidary and shady. Amazing."
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett smells alluringly and site-typically of apple, lemon, ginger, cashew and pistachio; as well as more intriguingly of musk and toasted grains.

JANCIS ROBINSON
Like the Himmelreich, marked at present by its spontaneous fermentation. Cool and pure and unforced but it’s all in the future. Lots of green fruit. I’m sure it will get there but you have to be a believer.
WILLI SCHAEFER 14 RL ESTATE
WILLI SCHAEFER 2014 ESTATE RIESLING
QBA
Item: #324096
Bottle Size:750ml
$21.98
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JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 90 POINTS
The Estate Riesling from Weingut Schaefer in 2014 finished off nicely at between thirtyfive and Read More...
forty percent residual sugar, to balance out nine grams per liter of acidity and is really a beautiful bottle of wine. The bouquet offers up a complex and youthful bouquet of pear, apple, a touch of orange zest, a fine base of slate, petrol and a nice esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and bright, with a fine core, vibrant acids and superb filigree and focus on the long and classy finish. I really love the balance of this wine in 2014 and this will be one of the great sleepers to be found in the vintage. 2015-2030+. 90.

JANCIS ROBINSON 16 (OUT OF 20) POINTS
Light notes of wild herbs and citrus with a hint of apricot. Softly textured but bright in freshness. Sweet/sour finish. (JH)
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