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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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  • 2015 WEINGUT KELLER RIESLING QbA TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: 372010
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 90 POINTS The “basic” Estate Riesling Trocken from Klaus-Peter Keller is super...
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 90 POINTS The “basic” Estate Riesling Trocken from Klaus-Peter Keller is superb in 2015 and will be one of the very best values to be found in the vintage. The bouquet is pure and very stylish, offering up scents of pink grapefruit, tart orange, a touch of petrol, chalky minerality, orange peel and a gentle topnote of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and very elegant, with a lovely core, bright, ripe acids and a long, seamless and complex finish. There is an effortless beauty to this wine this year that absolutely exemplifies the vintage. 2016-2030. 90.

    JANCIS ROBINSON - "SUPERIOR++" Keller, Riesling trocken 2015 RheinhessenThe dry Rieslings were picked 12-25 October. RS 6 g/l, TA 9.4 g/l. Delicate citrus, pretty lemon nose. Hints of quince and lime. Great freshness and delicacy. Lightweight but persistent. Tastes balanced and pretty much dry but then there's sweetness of ripe citrus on the finish. Lively and delicate. Just a hint of floral and mineral notes. Amazing length for a wine at this price. (JH)12% Drink 2016-2020 16.5

    WINE ADVOCATE 89 POINTS Keller's 2015 Riesling Trocken is clear, precise, ripe and fresh. This is an aromatic, limestone-Riesling classic with some lovely flavors of crushed stones. The wine is dry, but round and aromatic, very elegant and finesse-full. This is a charming Riesling that finishes with a pretty long, intense and aromatic aftertaste with a stimulating purity and salinity. A Best Buy and probably the finest VDP Rheinhessen Gutswein of the vintage.
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  • A.J. ADAM 2015 RIESLING DHRON HOFBERG "IN DER SANGEREI" FEINHERB (OFF DRY)

    Item #: 321207
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 91
    Burghound: 91
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92 POINTS This offers a very fresh nose of mint, lead pencil, white flowers, white peach, g...
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92 POINTS This offers a very fresh nose of mint, lead pencil, white flowers, white peach, grapefruit and smoke. The wine dances on the tongue with subtle flavors of fruits interplaying with slate and white peach. The residual sugar is well integrated into some nice, elegant and zesty acidity, giving the wine great inner harmony. This juicy wine is a superb off-dry Riesling! Now-2030
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  • BECKER 2012 PINOT NOIR GERMANY

    Item #: 308344
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Smokey terrior notes mix with cherry and forest floor in the nose. This “basic “ Pinot Noir was picked at a robust 95 Öchsle. On the palate there...
    Smokey terrior notes mix with cherry and forest floor in the nose. This “basic “ Pinot Noir was picked at a robust 95 Öchsle. On the palate there are notes of dried cranberry, pomegranate, and cherry. This selection is very, very impressive for a basic Pinot Noir, and shows how far Pinot Noir production has come in Germany in the past decade. Delicious on its own, but also compliments heavier seafood, poultry and fine cuts of beef and game.
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  • CLEMENS BUSCH 2012 RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS (GG) ERSTE LAGE, MARIENBURG, FALKENLAY, BIODYNAMIC

    Item #: 382382
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JANCIS ROBINSON - The Falkenlay has to be my favourite of the estate’s wines, as it relies less on a strong perf...
    JANCIS ROBINSON - The Falkenlay has to be my favourite of the estate’s wines, as it relies less on a strong performance of individual constituents, but shines through great harmony and complexity. On the nose the fruit is complemented by a delicate fragrance of herbs. The palate exhibits flavours of apricot, peach and melon, ably supported by a firm, but well-integrated acidity. Great concentration and length bear much promise. 18.5 (out of 20).
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  • CLEMENS BUSCH 2015 RIESLING ESTATE TROCKEN

    Item #: 342355
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2015er Estate Riesling Trocken comes from the Estate’s secondary vineyards (Pündericher Goldberg, Rosenberg and the east-facing part of the Pü...
    The 2015er Estate Riesling Trocken comes from the Estate’s secondary vineyards (Pündericher Goldberg, Rosenberg and the east-facing part of the Pündericher Marienburg) as well as declassified fruit from its “Grand Cru” vineyards. It offers a gorgeous nose of grapefruit, ripe pear and fresh spices. The wine proves nicely racy and elegant on the palate and leaves a zesty feel of herbs in the long and delicately powerful finish.
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  • CLEMENS BUSCH 2015 RIESLING KABINETT PUNDERICHER

    Item #: 300035
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES 92 POINTS - "This offers a beautiful nose of candied grapefruit, herbs and spices. The wine is be...
    MOSEL FINE WINES 92 POINTS - "This offers a beautiful nose of candied grapefruit, herbs and spices. The wine is beautifully zesty and animating on the palate and leaves a superb feel of passion fruit, grapefruit and fresh herbs in the mouth-watering finish. 2023-2035."
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  • COMMANDARIA ALASIA Fortified dessert wine from Cyprus

    Item #: 362369
    Bottle Size: EACH
    This legendary (dating back to the Crusaders) red dessert wine is made from late harvested, sun-dried Mavro and Xinisteri grapes in the Commandaria...
    This legendary (dating back to the Crusaders) red dessert wine is made from late harvested, sun-dried Mavro and Xinisteri grapes in the Commandaria appellation of Cyprus. It is fortified, then aged in oak barrels for minimum of three years. The result is a spicy, smooth sweet wine. Serve with cheese platters, desserts, and fruits.
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  • DOLDE 2013 SILVANER ALTE REBEN TROCKEN (DRY) SYLVANER

    Item #: 399952
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WOW! This is Sylvaner on Steroids!! Bio-dynamically speaking, that is. Fresh and pure, with a very driven, focused palate. The wines by Helmut & H...
    WOW! This is Sylvaner on Steroids!! Bio-dynamically speaking, that is. Fresh and pure, with a very driven, focused palate. The wines by Helmut & Hedwig Dolde are new to Hi-Time, but they are making some outstanding wines.

    The Alte Reben (Old Vine) Silvaner, comes from lofty altitudes and featuring vines up to 60 years old, with the old vine sap adding a little extra weight to the raciness of the wine. Very clear, deep, aromatic and mineral on the nose this is a medium-bodied, vibrant, focused, complex and elegant wine that combines richness with purity and leads to a long, crisp and tension-filled finish with a lingering salinity.

    This is a great wine to pair with dishes such as: Brussels Sprouts, Capers, Cucumber, and Asparagus, as well as many fish dishes.

    WRITES STEPHAN REINHARDT OF THE WINE ADVOCATE:
    "I have known Helmut Dolde for ten years now and although I have not tasted his excellent wines every year, he is one of my favorite wine producers in all of Germany. He has a very small winery in Linsenhofen, which is located in the unsung Schwabische Alb in Wurttemberg. From two hectares of vines, there is not a single wine in his pretty rich portfolio that I find boring or not at least very interesting and extremely stimulating, even when it comes to Kerner.

    Dolde's wines (Sylvaner, Weissburgunder or Pinot Blanc, Spätburgunder or Pinot Noir, and Riesling), are cultivated on chalky soils from the Jurassic and benefit from the high altitude of the vineyards and the slow ripening process. Often the snow falls a few days after the last grapes have been picked. And the wines don't get tired too quickly.

    Sylvaners, Pinot Blancs and Pinot Noirs from 2006, 2007 and 2008 are still in very good shape. Dolde's wines always remain subtle and vital, and have a great energetic power. Dolde's wines—reductive, dry, fresh and elegant—are always great drinking pleasures and I was very happy to learn that a guy like him (who is not well-known even in Germany), found his way into the U.S. I can only encourage readers to check out the wines of a classic after-work vintner who was a teacher of biology and chemistry just a short time ago. Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate"
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  • DONNHOFF 15 OBERHA AUSLESE 375ML

    Item #: 311010
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS - The 2015 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese was selected shortly before the Spätlese and is a selection of super ripe a...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS - The 2015 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese was selected shortly before the Spätlese and is a selection of super ripe and the rarely botrytis grapes. The wine has a super ripe and warm fruit bouquet with some spicy and flinty aromas. On the palate, this is a piquant and generous Riesling with clear definition and lingering complexity and salinity. It has very good grip. (The wine is also available in 375 milliliter bottles for $45 and 1500 milliliter bottles for $180.)
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  • DONNHOFF 15 RIESLING AUSLESE OBERHAUSER BRUCKE AUSLESE **GOLDKAPSULE** HALF BOTTLE** 375ML

    Item #: 328021
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2015 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese was selected shortly before the Spätlese ...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2015 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese was selected shortly before the Spätlese and is a selection of super ripe and the rarely botrytis grapes. The wine has a super ripe and warm fruit bouquet with some spicy and flinty aromas. On the palate, this is a piquant and generous Riesling with clear definition and lingering complexity and salinity. It has very good grip. (The wine is also available in 375 milliliter bottles for $45 and 1500 milliliter bottles for $180.)

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 96 POINTS - The 2015 Brücke Gold Kap Auslese is another absolutely beautiful wine in the making, but interestingly, at the time of my visit, the nose was fairly closed and reticent and the palate was amazingly expressive. The nose offers up a reserved, but very pure blend of pear, white cherry, apple, blossoms, wild yeasts, lovely minerality and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is fullish, clean and very racy, with a superb core, seamless balance, electric acidity and stunning length and grip on the nascently complex and vibrant finish. This was made from a combination of thirty percent botrytized bunches and the remainder golden berries or gently shriveled grapes from Passerillage. I love the combination of filigree and lift on the backend here- this will be a legendary Auslese down the road. 2021-2075. 96.
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    Regular Price: $45.00

    Special Price $37.98

  • DONNHOFF 2015 ESTATE RIESLING QBA NAHE, GERMANY

    Item #: 328015
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "In my opinion, the greatest white-wine value ON EARTH" - Terry Theise, Importer.

    The 2015 Estate Riesling QbA is very tasty and shows f...

    "In my opinion, the greatest white-wine value ON EARTH" - Terry Theise, Importer.

    The 2015 Estate Riesling QbA is very tasty and shows fine balance and bounce on the palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, tart orange, wild yeasts and a nice base of minerality. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and well-balanced, with a good core, fine focus and nice mineral drive on the long and zesty finish. This will drink very well out of the blocks and is a lovely basic bottling. 2016-2025+.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE NIEDERHAUSER HERMANNSHOHLE ** GOLDKAP** HALF BOTTLE

    Item #: 311018
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94 POINTS The 2015 Hermannshöhle Goldkapsel Auslese is also a stunning wi...
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94 POINTS The 2015 Hermannshöhle Goldkapsel Auslese is also a stunning wine in the making, but at least at this early stage, it does not seem to have quite the same completeness of its Brücke counterpart. The bouquet is pure, refined and very vibrant in its blend of apple, white cherry, citrus zest, white flowers and beautiful minerality. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish, racy and very classy in profile, with a fine core, exceptional complexity in the making, racy acids and laser-like focus on the long, refined and classic finish. Dynamite wine. 2021-2075. 94.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE NIEDERHAUSER HERMANNSHOHLE **GOLDKAP** HALF BOTTLE

    Item #: 311015
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 96 POINTS
    The 2015 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese is lovely, clear and flinty on...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 96 POINTS
    The 2015 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese is lovely, clear and flinty on the nose and, like the Spätlese, is characterized by its noble aristocracy, but also lemony freshness and great purity. There seems to be more crushed stones than grapes in this wine, which reflects a lot of the fastidious selection and the healthy condition of the processed grapes. On the palate, this is a generous and concentrated, but pure, piquant and buoyant Auslese of great expression and finesse. This vibrating wine is dancing over the palate, leaving loads of minerals and salts, which makes this a dangerous drug. The finish is piquant and salty--you simply can't stop drinking and adoring it. There is so much grip, tension and finesse here. The wine is also available in 375 milliliter bottles ($50) and 1500 milliliter bottles ($190).
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE NIEDERHAUSER HERMANNSHOHLE **GOLDKAPSEL**15 750ML

    Item #: 311008
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94 POINTS The 2015 Hermannshöhle Goldkapsel Auslese is also a stunning wi...
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94 POINTS The 2015 Hermannshöhle Goldkapsel Auslese is also a stunning wine in the making, but at least at this early stage, it does not seem to have quite the same completeness of its Brücke counterpart. The bouquet is pure, refined and very vibrant in its blend of apple, white cherry, citrus zest, white flowers and beautiful minerality. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish, racy and very classy in profile, with a fine core, exceptional complexity in the making, racy acids and laser-like focus on the long, refined and classic finish. Dynamite wine. 2021-2075. 94.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING EISWEIN OBERHAUSER BRUCKE 375ML **HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: 311016
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 97 POINTS
    Picked in 2016 on January 18th, the 2015 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Eiswein is very...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 97 POINTS
    Picked in 2016 on January 18th, the 2015 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Eiswein is very clear and displays black bread, fresh lemon and even some flinty aromas on the nose. On the palate, this is a highly elegant, precise and piquant Riesling with tension, grip and concentration, but also finesse and beautiful roundness. This Eiswein is as razor-sharp as sensual and is a fascinating drinking experience. The aftertaste reveals raisin, chestnut cream and even some malty flavors. "The berries were so stable due to the high acidity, but the juice inside was slightly oxidized through the sensitive skins," says Helmut Donnhoff. "However, thanks to the yeasts, it ends up as a reductive wine." (This is produced in 375 milliliter bottles.)

    Helmut Donnhoff can be really proud. His son Cornelius, responsible for the wines in recent years, has bottled probably the best wine series in the history of the domaine. The Rieslings, most of all the Grossen Gewachse (for the first time a GG has been made from the Oberhäuser Brücke!) and the noble sweet wines, are immortal beauties that cause emotional well-being. Next to the Dellchen and Hermannshöhle GG, other highlights are the Brucke Eiswein, the BA and the two TBA's from the Hermannshohle, the former pressed on a Thursday, the latter--a 100-pointer--on Friday. The Hermannshöhle Spätlese is one one of the best wines I have tasted from this category this year and Dönnhoff fans shouldn't miss it.

    "In 2015, all of your vineyards were excellent. You could go where you want and the grapes were perfect at the right moment," said Helmut Dönnhoff, whereas Cornelius is busy pressing the first Pinot Blancs of the 2016 vintage coming in. It is October and the 2015s show brilliant today.

    "We had an early flowering in 2015, but then, in July and August, it was very dry and we feared problems with drought. In fact, the younger vines were suffering and we had to irrigate them to keep them alive. We reduced the yield down to zero with all our vines under three years. So, the thunderstorm rainfalls in summer were very welcome. The vineyards started breathing again. Since the nights were cool in August and September the grapes reduced their acidity levels very slowly and we did not face any problems with botrytis. When there was botrytis it was a perfect one."

    The only conflict of 2015 is independent from the vintage because it is an obligatory one: Helmut and Cornelius dispute about the right moment to start harvesting for three days every year. "It is deeply anchored in my soul to gamble, to keep the grapes on the vines as long as possible to reach the highest possible ripeness," Helmut explains with a smile, quoting his grandmother: "As long as there are leaves on the vines we don't harvest." But since the grapes are ripe at least a week earlier today than 10 or 20 years ago and Cornelius takes great care about the potential alcohol levels and the balance between sugar ripeness and physiological ripeness, the Dönnhoffs pick earlier than in former times. In 2015, the family started October 1st and finished October 31. "We could pick each vineyard at the best moment and the acidity levels remained pretty high."

    Donnhoff enjoys it to have his vineyards not only in one spot around Niederhausen and Oberhausen, but also in Norheim, Kreuznach and Roxheim. Closer to the Rhine, the vegetation period starts earlier than in Oberhausen. Thus, the harvest starts closer to the Rhine and then goes deeper into the Nahe valley until it ends often in der Oberhäuser Brücke, Donnhoff's vineyard for his world famous Eiswein.

    For winelovers it is a fascinating experience to learn Donnhoff's art of expressing the talents of each single vineyard. Often, only one style is connected to a certain vineyard whereas in his most important and best cru, the Hermannshöhle, several Rieslings are selected from dry to noble sweet. In 2015, the Hermannshohle shines through all its wines. The differences in taste are only based on different levels of ripeness.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING FELSENBERG GROSSES GEWACHS "GG" FELSENTURMCHEN

    Item #: 328019
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE - 95+ POINTS The 2015 (Schlossbockelheimer) Felsenberg Riesling GG 'Felsenturmchen' is from the st...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 95+ POINTS The 2015 (Schlossbockelheimer) Felsenberg Riesling GG 'Felsenturmchen' is from the steep, south-facing cru with volcanic soils. It opens very pure and stony, with deep, flinty flavors and a lemon perfume sprayed over crushed stones. On the palate, this is a generous, intense and finesse-full Riesling with great intensity and lingering salinity. The wine seems round, but it has less than four grams of residual sugar. In fact, I have rarely tasted a Felsentürmchen that is so generous and Burgundian as this. In terms of texture, complexity and its compact nature, it is a bit like a Pinot Noir from Volnay. A great dry Riesling for sure, and its soul is clearly stony, flinty and more challenging than the smooth Dellchen, for example. The Felsenberg needs its time to show all its talents.

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 92+ POINTS While the final analysis was not completed on any of the GGs, Helmut Dönnhoff felt that they would all be around 12.9 to thirteen percent in the 2015 vintage. The Felsenberg GG is a superb wine in the making, offering up a deep and youthful nose of grapefruit, blood orange, wild yeasts, petrol, stony minerality and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and absolutely rock solid at the core, with brisk, seamless acids and outstanding length and grip on the still quite primary finish. When one reaches the level of the Grosses Gewächs here, the wines are notably more refined than the very good Trocken bottlings from the Höllenpfad and Kahlenberg. The 2015 Felsenberg GG looks likely to be the earliest drinking of the grand crus from the Dönnhoff family this year, but will also age long and gracefully. 2021- 2060. 92+.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING SPATLESE OBERHAUSER BRUCKE 750ml

    Item #: 311001
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 95+ POINTS
    The 2015 Hermannshohle Spatlese is every bit as stunning as t...
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 95+ POINTS
    The 2015 Hermannshohle Spatlese is every bit as stunning as the Brücke, but it is not quite as concentrated at the core and shows a more delicate personality out of the blocks. The glorious bouquet soars from the glass in a mélange of pear, white cherry, citrus peel, a superb base of slate minerality, bee pollen, white flowers and gentle, wild yeasts overtones. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and very filigreed, with great focus, seamless balance and truly stunning elegance and refinement already in evidence right out of the blocks. The finish is very, very long, nascently complex and oh, so promising. It will be very interesting to follow these last two Spätlesen over the course of the unfolding decades and see if they start to dovetail a bit stylistically as the years go by. Another brilliant wine! 2022-2060+. 95+.

    WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS
    The 2015 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese is clear, fresh and coolish, almost reductive on the very precise nose. This is a mouth-filling Spatlese that is round and generous on the palate, with a lush fruit texture and piquant acidity. It has a creamier texture and fine, well-integrated acidity that lacks a certain sharpness in the finish though. This is a pretty, powerful and complex Spatlese with grip and tension as well.
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  • DONNHOFF 2015 RIESLING TONSCHIEFER TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: 321206
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 91 POINTS The 2015 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer is from the Oberhausen Leistenberg, from a weathe...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 91 POINTS The 2015 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer is from the Oberhausen Leistenberg, from a weathered carbonic slate soil that is able to take water. The wine opens with a lovely, clear and subtle bouquet of white fruits and weathered slate plates. On the palate, this is a light, salty, very well gripped and tension-filled Riesling with clear, dry fruit and dancing slate grains. This is another beauty of the 2015 vintage, and as a Riesling enthusiast you ask yourself: What else do I need?

    JOHN GILMAN 89 POINTS The 2015 Tonschiefer Trocken is just a whisper riper than the Estate Trocken, coming in at an even twelve percent and the wine is really quite powerfully built and tightly-knit this year. The youthful bouquet offers up scents of white cherry, grapefruit, a touch of petrol, gentle yeasts tones, a fine base of slate and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, fullbodied and brisk, with a great core, fine focus and grip and a very long, intense and quite powerful finish. This will be approachable out of the blocks, but could really do with a couple of years in the cellar to more fully unwind. 2016-2035.
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  • DR LOOSEN 2012 EISWEIN RIESLING 187ml

    Item #: 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. ...
    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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  • DR. H. THANISCH 2014 RIESLING BERNKASTELER DOCTOR (ERBEN-THANISCH) GROSSES GEWACHS (GG)

    Item #: 382383
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS Thanisch's 2014 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling GG opens with an intense stone fruit and dee...
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS Thanisch's 2014 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling GG opens with an intense stone fruit and deep flinty aroma on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and salty on the palate, this is an elegant, expressive, persistent and deep Riesling with body, intensity and power, but just 11.5% alcohol. Fascinatingly complex.

    "The most positive thing I can say about 2014 is that the rain unleashed the minerals," says Sofia Thanisch, quoting an often heard statement of many VDP producers this year. The Thanisch team started harvesting October 6 with a pre-selection, but then had to seep up. "We had to sort out a lot of disgusting green and acid rot to save good quality grapes." Thanisch finished on October 22 and their Doctors--four wines including the Grosses Gewächs and the Auslese--was picked October 19. The resulting wines are very, very good again, with a lovely Bernkasteler Lay Feinherb and a beautiful Doctor Kabinett.

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 95 POINTS The 2014 Doctor Grosses Gewächs is a simply stunning wine in the making. Like the Graben GG, this wine comes in at 11.5 percent alcohol and is as svelte a young Doctor as one could ask for. The outstanding nose shows great purity and precision in its constellation of apple, par, laurel, wild yeasts, a hint of orange blossoms and a beautifully complex base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, great cut and grip, laser-like focus and a very long, seamless and energetic finish. This will need six or seven years to really blossom, but it will be brilliant once it really starts to hit on all cylinders. 2022-2050+. 95.
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  • DR. PAULY BERGWEILER 2006 RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE 375ML (HALF BOTTLE)

    Item #: 362377
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - Pear, floral and apricot notes permeate this elegant white, whose texture is light and a...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - Pear, floral and apricot notes permeate this elegant white, whose texture is light and airy, despite the intense sweetness. Picks up honey and caramel accents on the finish. Drink now through 2035. 50 cases made.
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  • EGON MULLER 2009 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE

    Item #: 311013
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • EGON MULLER 2011 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE

    Item #: 311088
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • EGON MULLER 2012 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER SPATLESE

    Item #: 311091
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Subtle floral aromas of peach nectar, ripe cherry, white raisin and lemon oil. The velvety, creamy tropical fruit flavors remain bright and elegant...
    Subtle floral aromas of peach nectar, ripe cherry, white raisin and lemon oil. The velvety, creamy tropical fruit flavors remain bright and elegant thanks to the wine's refreshing acidity. Juicy, spicy and long, with a pure, delicately luscious aftertaste. Can spätlese be better than this? In any event, this is my choice as the best of its ilk in 2012.
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  • EGON MULLER 2014 RIESLING SCHARZHOF QBA ESTATE RIESLING

    Item #: 311865
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    From John Gilman...I learned on this trip that the superb estate Riesling from Weingut Egon Müller includes a sizable chunk of Saarburger Rausch i...
    From John Gilman...I learned on this trip that the superb estate Riesling from Weingut Egon Müller includes a sizable chunk of Saarburger Rausch in its blend, as the estate has a fine parcel in this vineyard that they choose not to bottle on its own. While part of my heart yearns to taste a Rausch bottling from Egon Müller, the realization that a significant percentage of the blend of this fine villages level bottling is from such a grand cru vineyard makes this wine even more attractive.

    Müller's pale-colored 2014 Scharzhof #1 displays lovely ripe fruit flavors. Full-flavored, juicy and piquant on the palate, provided with typical Saar acidity, this is a lush and well focused Riesling with vivid acidity and good substance. Impressively good. - Stephan Reinhardt
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