GERMANY

German wine is primarily produced in the west of Germany, along the river Rhine and its tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era. Approximately 60 percent of the German wine production is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where 6 of the 13 regions (Anbaugebiete) are situated. Germany as the eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total production. Among enthusiasts, Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration.

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  1. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING AUSLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #11

    Item #: i_318010
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 91 POINTS "Harvested botrytis-free at 90 Oechsle, this was stopped with a bit higher residual sugar and lower alcohol than its Spätlese counterparts, a decision based on the Merkelbachs’ assessment that it exhibited Auslese tendencies. The nose is effusively and decadently floral, suggesting heliotrope and fading lily. Along with that come scents of overripe kiwi and honeydew melon, all of which presage a luscious, expansive but buoyant palate with impressively persistent layering of inner-mouth floral perfume. A pinch of salinity and a kiss of wet stone add saliva-inducement and interest to a finish that only wants a bit for animation, clarity and juiciness when compared with the most successful wines of the present collection." -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES 91 POINTS The 2016er Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese AP11 was harvested at 90 degrees Oechsle in the prime Class I Pichter (locally called Langpichter) sector of the Urziger Wurzgarten. The wine develops a beautiful nose of melon, pear, grapefruit and fine spices. It proves quite smooth but multi-layered on the palate and leaves a great playful and airy feel in the long finish. This is plain beautiful and has great upside potential if the fresher zesty side comes through.
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  2. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING AUSLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #10

    Item #: i_318012
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 92 POINTS "This is the exception to 2016’s relatively narrow range of must weights and acidity chez Merkelbach, having been harvested at 98 Oechsle and finished with only 6.3 grams of acidity. “These were really thin-skinned berries,” explained Alfred Merkelbach, “and as a result there was a lot of shriveling,” albeit without benefit of botrytis. Quince and strawberry preserves on the nose, accompanied by scents of heliotrope and lily, translate into a glycerol-slicked palate performance loaded with inner-mouth perfume. Hints of white raisin as well as a savory suggestion of browned butter add appeal to a lingering finish that compensates for its lack of animating brightness with an invigorating hint of seed-crunching bite. (Amusingly – it couldn’t happen often – the Merkelbachs ended up stopping this at precisely the same 71.4 grams of residual sugar as the A.P. #11.)" -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES 91 POINTS The 2016er Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese AP10 was harvested at 98 degrees Oechsle in the prime Class I former Treppchen vineyard within the Urziger Wurzgarten. This develops a rather ripe nose of melon, herbs and spices. The wine is nicely spicy and juicy on the palate and leaves a feel of ripe pear and melon enhanced by dried spices in the long finish. This is an outstanding smooth Auslese made in a style not unlike that of the finest 2003 wines. 90 points
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  3. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING SPATLESE URGLUCK A.P. #9

    Item #: 318007
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 93 POINTS "Labeled for its parcel of origin, this Spatlese (A.P. #9) represents an amalgamation of two fuders picked late but at a relatively elevated must weight and reduced acidity analytically quite similar to those of this year
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  4. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #6

    Item #: 304542
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 91 POINTS "Picked at the same low must weight as its A.P. #5 sibling, this offers even more brightness of fresh lime to accompany its site-typical and lusciously ripe kiwi fruit. And like that sibling, the combination here of refreshment, levity and subtle creaminess engenders a flatteringly chiffon-like palate impression. Yet there is a soothing sense of glycerol-richness as well. A glaze of quince preserves enhances the impression of ripeness on the lusciously lingering, subtly wet stone-tinged finish. Incidentally, this comes from some of the few young Merkelbach vines, trained on wires rather than to the traditional single posts." -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES 92 POINTS The 2016er Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese AP06 was harvested at a refreshingly light 84 degrees Oechsle in a parcel in the Fischerei sector situated upstream of the village of Urzig. It offers a gorgeous nose of ripe pear, raspberry melon and spices. A great citrusy feel brings great freshness to the palate where more ripe and juicy fruits come through. The finish is delicate and elegant, with gorgeous fruity and spicy flavors in the after-taste. 92 points
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  5. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #8

    Item #: i_304541
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 93 POINTS "From old vines in the so-called Pichter, this was harvested at marginally higher must weight and lower acidity than its A.P. #5 or A.P. #6 siblings. On the nose, ripe kiwi and strawberry are subtly tinged with ground ginger and garlanded in musky, bittersweet iris perfume. The palate is delicate and silky, subtly glyceral yet brimming with fresh fruit juiciness reinforced by a squirt of lime. The superbly sustained finish offers an energetic interaction of fruity, floral and stony nuances." -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES 92+ POINTS The 2016er Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese AP08 was harvested at a light 81 degrees Oechsle from parcels behind the village of Urzig. This offers a gorgeous nose of ripe pear, cassis, raspberry and herbs. The wine is beautifully well balanced on the palate, with ripe acidity bringing focus to the delicately smooth and still slightly tart finish. The airy and gorgeous aromatics in the after-taste are simply irresistible. This is a textbook expression of a light fruity Mosel wine! There is clear upside here if the wine develops its fresh aromatic side. 92+ points
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  6. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2017 RIESLING SPATLESE "URGLUCK" URZIGER WURTZGARTEN, A.P. #6

    Item #: i_318005
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES 93 POINTS "The 2017er Urziger Würzgarten Spatlese “Urgluck” was harvested at a whopping 96 Oechsle, i.e. well into Auslese category. It delivers a captivating and elegant nose of flowers, minty herbs and candied grapefruit. These are joined by riper scents of whipped cream and vineyard peach as the wine gains from airing in the glass. This delightful Auslese in all but name shows quite some creamy and ripe fruits on the palate yet remains at all time very delicate and refined. A touch of exotic fruits and honey make for a smooth and juicy feel in the long finish. A hint of zest comes through in the after-taste. This is a gorgeous Auslese-style wine in the making! 2027-2047."

    Terry Theise note "Probably the masterpiece of their vintage, but not an “easy” wine. Extreme sassafrass, and very stony, but a hyssop-y spice trails along a subtle vein of fruit. Mosel at its most masculine, but hugely impressive, with its serious “resting face.”"
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  7. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2017 RIESLING URZIGER WURZGARTEN AUSLESE "LANG PITCHER" A.P. #7

    Item #: i_304589
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 93 POINTS "The 2017er Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese was harvested at 97 Oechsle. It displays a superbly aromatic, ripe and fruity nose of yellow peach, pineapple, honey, anise and smoke. The wine coats the rather intense palate with juicy yellow and honeyed fruits pepped up by a nice whiff of acidity. The finish is delicately smooth and long. This gorgeous “Auslese GK” in all but name only needs a decade to blossom. 2027-2047."

    Terry Theise note "All from the great cadaster Lang Pichter, this is really remarkable; huge fruit served by positive botrytis, classic “big-vintage” mien; a grand conversation among strawberry and kiwi and licorice and all with lovely surging fruit."
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  8. BECKER 2014 PINOT NOIR SPATBURGUNDER GERMANY

    Item #: i_308344
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    In the small town of Schweigen, Becker's vineyards straddle the French border… about 70% of this wine is grown in France, the other 30% on the German side. The soils consist of limestone covered in a clay/loam mix. The grapes are all destemmed and fermented in open tanks. The final blend is aged in large oak casks and 10% smaller barriques, all neutral oak. This is an incredibly drinkable, lovely Pinot with sweet fruit married to exceptional minerality. Notes of dried cranberry, pomegranate and light cherry entice the palate. Year after year, Becker's basic cuvee achieves the holy grail of Pinot: a light body belied by delicious flavor. Great on its own, but also compliments heavier seafood, poultry, and fine cuts of beef and game.
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  9. BERNHARD HUBER 2015 PINOT NOIR MALTERDINGER (SPATBURGUNDER)

    Item #: i_399965
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    From 23-year-old vines on loess and shell limestone soils, the cherry colored 2015 Malterdinger Spätburgunder trocken opens with a very clear, bright and spicy bouquet of wild red berries, cherries and beautiful earthy flavors. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-intense and vital on the palate, this is a very elegant, aromatic and silky textured Pinot in perfect balance. The acidity is remarkably fine and the finish is pure, dry, fresh and beautifully aromatic. This is an impressive village wine from Baden's Breisgau subregion. There is just a hint of toast in the aftertaste.
    Name of vineyard: Malterdingen (single vineyard site planted with vines that are 13 - 23 years old)
    Size: 5.25 acres
    Average yield/acre: 55 hl/ha.
    Soil: Decomposed shells and limestone, similar to Côte de Nuiits
    Exposure: southwest to southeast
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  10. DAUTEL 2016 ESTATE SPATBURGUNDER PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_362365
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    “Even this “basic” Pinot Noir (from a light-ish vintage) is marrowy, grown up and charming; a slim line of fruit, pleasant tannin, good length, a high juicy charm-factor but not merely charming; the black-cherry foreground is supported by good tertiary flavors.” Terry Theise

    Fruit is picked in the early morning, quite cool and mostly destemmed. For single vineyard wines, up to 30% whole cluster is used, but in the estate it is almost all destemmed. Christian wants only whole berries here (any crushed fruit is sorted out) and there is some carbonic fermentation in the open tank – a 3 week maceration and fermentation. The wine sees only remontage for the first part of fermentation; it is only after the ferment is really running that Christian employs pigage. The wine is pressed and racked into old 2500L and used barrique and is kept on the lees without lees stirring for 11 months before racking and bottling.

    80% comes from Bonnigheimer Sonnenberg – a section of the hill with reed sandstone soils and 20% from Katzenohrle
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  11. DONNHOFF 2017 RIESLING HERMANNSHOHLE GG GROSSES GEWACHS

    Item #: i_304565
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 98 POINTS - "This defines high elegance. Everything you look for in a dry white wine with very fine aromas of white and yellow peaches, but also a thousand wild herbs and flowers. Enormous delicacy at the very long finish. From organically grown grapes. Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold."

    MOSEL FINE WINES - 96 POINTS The 2017er Niederhauser Hermannshohle GG delivers a breathtaking nose made of zesty fruits such as grapefruit, lime, yuzu and tangerine peel as well as spices, aniseed herbs and refreshing minty elements. The wine starts off on the f ruity side on the palate but quickly gains in focus and intensity as glorious smoky and zesty f lavors kick in. These lead one seamlessly to a hugely long, intense f inish full of mineral and salty elements. This is a stunning dry Riesling in the making! 2027-2047

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 96 POINTS The 2017 Hermannshohle Grosses Gewachs is again, one of the very finest recent vintages of this bottling that I have had the pleasure to taste. The complex bouquet offers up a fine mélange of grapefruit, tart orange, citrus zest, a complex base of salty slate minerality, dried flowers, a touch of wild yeasts and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sleek in profile out of the blocks, with a superb core of fruit, excellent mineral drive, bright acids and a very, very long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. Great juice. 2027- 2075. 96.
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  12. DONNHOFF 2017 ESTATE RIESLING QBA NAHE, GERMANY

    Item #: i_328015
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "In my opinion, the greatest white-wine value ON EARTH" - Terry Theise, Importer.

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89+ POINTS
    Helmut Donnhoff joked that the “grapes were so good in 2017 that we ended up with wines that were too serious for basic wines in this vintage.” Such is the case with this lovely Estate Riesling Feinherb, which offers up a fine bouquet of apple, spring flowers, a fine sense of minerality, a bit of citrus zest and a nice touch of saltiness. On the palate the wine is mediumfull, crisp and poised in its balance, with lovely focus and grip and a long, vibrant finish. Good juice. 2018-2030. 89+.
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  13. DONNHOFF 2017 RIESLING NIEDERHAUSER HERMANNSHOHLE SPATLESE

    Item #: i_114582
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94+ POINTS The 2017 Hermannshohle Spatlese from the Donnhoffs is also excellent this year… The bouquet offers up a superb, youthful mix of apple, a touch of blood orange, salty minerality, bee pollen and a nice touch of wild yeasts up high. On the palate the wine is focused, medium-full and racy, with a fine core, excellent focus and grip and a long, youthful and still quite primary finish…it has enormous potential!
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  14. DONNHOFF 2017 RIESLING NORHEIMER KIRSCHHECK SPATLESE

    Item #: i_311001
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93 POINTS The 2017 Kirschheck Spatlese is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a very pretty bouquet of white cherries, apple, wild yeasts, a touch of sea salts, bee pollen, apple blossoms and a superb base of minerality. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and dancing, with a juicy core, great cut and grip and a long, vibrant and perfectly balanced finish. This is going to be delicious to drink in its youth, but will have no trouble keeping several decades. 2018-2045. 93.
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  15. DR HERMANN 2015 RIESLING SPATLESE ERDNER HERZLEI GOLD CAPSULE

    Item #: i_311412
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 95 POINTS The 2015 Erdener Herzlei Riesling Spatlese Gold Capsule is the same material as the dry Spatlese, but was stopped at 7% alcohol and 98 grams of residual sugar. Coming from a vineyard straight next to the Pralat and based on 120-year-old vines, this Spatlese opens with a very clear, intense and flinty/stony bouquet with lemon flavors and an almost volcanic character. Mouth-filling, lush and piquant, this is very clear, fresh, elegant and complex; it is more crystalline and thus a leaner style of Spatlese than the Pralat. Already stimulating and seductive, this is another gorgeous 2015 Riesling from Christian Hermann.
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  16. DR LOOSEN 2012 EISWEIN RIESLING 187ml ICEWINE

    Item #: i_311924
    Bottle Size: 187ml
    TASTING NOTES: This vibrant, racy dessert wine conjures flavors of densely packed pear, apple and guava, with an intense, nervy edge in the aroma. It is luscious, silky and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity giving it a crisp, dynamic finish.

    From the Producer:
    Eiswein ("ice wine") is another of nature's rare and wonderful gifts in our area. We hold aside certain plots of vines, hoping for a deep enough freeze(minimum 8°C, or 17°F) to harvest frozen grapes. These grapes are picked in the wee hours of the morning and pressed while they are still frozen, to slowly squeeze out a few drops of precious nectar, leaving the water behind as ice. The result is a vibrant, racy dessert wine that is strikingly different from the rounder, more honeyed style of the wines concentrated by botrytis.

    This estate-grown Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein comes from special parcels in Bernkastel and Wehlen that we hold aside every year, hoping that it will freeze before the grapes fall victim to overripeness or rot - or get eaten by the wild boars! The frozen grapes for this particular bottling came primarily from a premier cru site called Bernkasteler Matheisbildchen, which is about halfway up the steep slope behind the Dr. Loosen estate house. The higher elevation makes this a cooler site, with greater potential for Eiswein.
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  17. DR LOOSEN 2017 RIESLING BLUE SLATE KABINETT

    Item #: i_322600
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Classic Mosel Rieslling. Loosen's generic 2008 Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate smells of mint, lime, narcissus, and ripe honeydew melon, which follow on a luscious, surprisingly softly-textured, yet refreshing palate. This is certainly delicate, yet its sweetness is impeccably-balanced.
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  18. DR. HERMANN 2016 RIESLING ERDENER HERRENBERG EISWEIN / ICEWINE 375ML ***HALF BOTTLE***

    Item #: i_374074
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 96 POINTS Picked on November 30th at -7.8 degrees Celsius (so, very early), the 2016 Erdener Herrenberg Riesling Eiswein is based on 100% healthy and frozen berries that sound like marbles when they fall into the bucket. The nose is super clear, fresh and precise, with flinty flavors. This is a gorgeously focused and finessed Eiswein on the palate—lithe, precise and elegant, with great balance and crisp, salty acidity. This is like a laser sword cutting your tongue into two parts. The finish is highly stimulating, and if a stimulating Eiswein has ever been produced, it must be this one. Total production: 500 liters. "If we had more folks, we could have picked a complete fuder, so 1,000 liters," says Christian Hermann.375-ml bottles. .Tasted February 2018.
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  19. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE

    Item #: 311012
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 95 POINTS This sings with a pure, elegant mix of peach, quince, dried pear and apple tart flavors. Rich and creamy midpalate, this features an exuberantly minerally and fruity finish that glistens with acidity. Drink now through 2042. 20 cases imported.

    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 96 POINTS A creamy-dreamy nose with a lot of tropical flowers that is very enticing. Very lush and concentrated but with great purity and delicacy too. If you have never tasted an Auslese from Egon, then you've missed something in life. This wine is the ideal one to put that right. If you're already familiar with this wine from other vintages, you could wait years or decades for this. Stuart Pigott

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 97 POINTS The 2015 Auslese from the Scharzhofberg vineyard that I had the pleasure to taste from Egon M
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    $450.00
  20. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE 375ML **HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: i_311017
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE SPECTATOR - 95 POINTS This sings with a pure, elegant mix of peach, quince, dried pear and apple tart flavors. Rich and creamy midpalate, this features an exuberantly minerally and fruity finish that glistens with acidity. Drink now through 2042. 20 cases imported.

    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 96 POINTS A creamy-dreamy nose with a lot of tropical flowers that is very enticing. Very lush and concentrated but with great purity and delicacy too. If you have never tasted an Auslese from Egon, then you've missed something in life. This wine is the ideal one to put that right. If you're already familiar with this wine from other vintages, you could wait years or decades for this. Stuart Pigott

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 97 POINTS The 2015 Auslese from the Scharzhofberg vineyard that I had the pleasure to taste from Egon Müller is utterly brilliant. The bouquet offers up a very, very pure and discreetly glazed bouquet of white cherries, pear, bee pollen, a touch of orange zest, gentle slate undertow and a pungent topnote of cherry blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and stunningly pure, with a creamy core, ripe, juicy acids and magical length and grip on the nascently complex and absolutely electric finish. This is a breathtakingly magical wine in the making, and keep in mind, this is only the tip of the Auslesen iceberg at Weingut Müller! 2025- 2100. 97.

    MOSEL FINE WINES 96+ POINTS Gorgeously vibrant scents of white peach, herbs and spices give way to richer and more complex notes of apricot, pineapple and fresh herbs and white flowers with airing. The wine manages to be delicately smooth and, at same time, racy as an almost Eiswein-like acidity cleanses the palate and provides focus to an area of complex cocktail fruits, herbs and minerals in the finish. This beauty in the making has stunning development potential. 2025-2060
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    $250.00
  21. EL IXSIR 2012 RED LEBANON

    Item #: i_342366
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "El Ixsir (Elixir) is the top wine produced by the Ixsir winery located just outside Batroun, Lebanon. The excellent 2012 is composed of 55% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot aged 24 months in French oak (50% new). On the nose you find aromas of blackberries, black cherries, red fruits and a hint of woody spice. On the palate silky, lush fruit flavors are balanced with good structure and a long finish. Drinking very well now if decanted, the 2012 will benefit from another year or two in the bottle. The Wine Advocate gave this 92 points praising its Cote Rotie-like style."
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  22. FALKENSTEIN 2017 NIEDERMENNINGER HERRENBERG RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN (DRY) #19

    Item #: i_374421
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The family winemaking team headed by Erich Weber and his sons at Hofgut Falkenstein are making some of the most bone-dry, thrilling Rieslings we can recall and the 2017s from Falkenstein are among Germany’s brightest.

    The 2017 vintage marked Germany’s smallest harvest in 50 years, but what wines that did emerge are extraordinary. The wines have a ripe acidity from low yields, coming from a late harvest. Falkenstein’s 2017 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken is dry, electric, deep, thoroughly mineral and beautifully textured.

    Located in the Saar, a cooler sub-region of the Mosel, the Webers have been making wine at the estate since the mid-eighties. Their non-interventionist style of winemaking calls for no pesticides or herbicides, thus enabling a system of biodiversity to flourish in their soils of grey slate and quartz. In addition, the wines are bottled with low sulphur.

    Falkenstein’s wines continue to gain in popularity (by customers and the press alike)… plus they sell for very reasonable prices. We expect to see less of their wines available in the future. As for now, the time is right to dive in.

    MOSEL FINE WINES 91 POINTS - "The 2017er Niedermenniger Herrenberg Kabinett Trocken AP19 (known internally as the “Egon” cask) comes from a parcel planted with 50 year old vines situated just below the Estate. This offers a rather reduced nose made of pear, grapefruit, lemon zest, fine aniseed herbs and spices. The wine is gorgeously delicate and hugely racy on the slender palate and leaves a beautifully airy yet multi-layered and complex feel of minerals and ripe orchard fruits in the herbal finish. The after-taste is still sharp and quite firm at this early stage.
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