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 #: 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 KINHEIMER ROSENBERG, A.P. #1

    Item #: 318008
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "Poached pear and dried quince dominate the proceedings, overlain with hints of decadent lily. ...it finishes soothingly, with pure fruit and a light kiss of wet stone. Fifty-seven grams of residual sugar engender a stronger sense of sheer sweetness than typical for a Merkelbach Spatlese. Just to add one more note of intrigue: for whatever it might be worth, the low yields and high must weight here went hand in hand with unusually high dry extract." -- David Schildknecht
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #8

    Item #: 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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  7. AUGSBURGER GLUHWEIN 1L

    Item #: i_102362
    Bottle Size: 1L
    was $9.99 Special Price $8.99
  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. DARTING 2015 PINOT MEUNIER

    Item #: i_375497
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Also known as "Schwarzriesling" or "Black Riesling" this lively red made of 100% Pinot Meunier from the Pfalz region, has a 13.5% ABV. It has a light red color, with a touch of sediment, and a mild, pleasing aroma of red fruit and spice. It is a light-bodied wine, subtle and elegant in its presentation, with delicious flavors of cherry and cranberry, a mild spicy backbone and a hint of earthiness. Nice acidity, a lingering finish, and interesting. Overall, it was delicious and paired perfectly with a dinner of lamb lollipops. Winemaker is Helmut Darting, conducts minimal-intervention winemaking. For example, he uses only natural yeasts and ferments slowly under cold temperatures. They also tend to use large oak casks for aging, locally sourced and made.
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  10. 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 Dönnhoff 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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  11. DONNHOFF 2017 RIESLING ESTATE TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: 321206
    Bottle Size: 750ml


    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89 POINTS
    The 2017 Estate Riesling Trocken is a very strong indication that the entire lineup is going to be excellent here in this vintage, as this is a very high quality, entry level wine. The wine comes in at twelve percent alcohol and carries 4.5 grams per liter of residual sugar this year. It offers up a fine bouquet of tart orange, grapefruit, slate, a touch of wild yeasts and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and very well-balanced, with a good core, ripe, seamless acids and excellent length and grip on the open and precise finish. This is a serious bottle! 2018-2030. 89.

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    From volcanic soils the 2017 (Estate) Riesling Trocken is lovely, pure, refined and mineral on the nose, displaying ripe white fruit aromas and crushed stone flavors. On the palate, this is a tension-filled, lovely, juicy and intense Riesling of great elegance, lightness and finesse.
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  12. 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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  13. DR LOOSEN 2012 EISWEIN RIESLING 187ml ICEWINE

    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. 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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  14. 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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  15. DR. HERMANN 2016 RIESLING ERDENER HERRENBERG EISWEIN / ICEWINE 375ML ***HALF BOTTLE***

    Item #: 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
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  16. 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
  17. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE 375ML **HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: 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 M
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    $250.00
  18. EL IXSIR 2012 RED LEBANON

    Item #: 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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  19. ENDERLE AND MOLL 2016 PINOT NOIR "LIASON" ORGANIC, SPATBURGUNDER, BADEN

    Item #: i_362348
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Silky and aromatic, this earthy, red-fruited Pinot Noir that could rival even the best Bourgogne Rouge bottlings. Sleek, soft, mineral-driven red fruit dominates the palate, with nuances of herb spice and soil. Sven Enderle and Florian Moll farm a little over five acres on the western fringe of the Black Forest. Most of their Pinot comes from two sites: one with 25-45 year-old vines planted in colored sandstone (Buntsandstein), and one other miniscule plot (0.045 ha total) from 60-year-old vines (the oldest in the region) planted in shell limestone (Muschelkalk). All work in the vineyard is done by hand, yields are low, and vineyard work is organic/biodynamic. Parcels are vinified separately, with one-third whole clusters. Grapes are crushed in an old wooden basket press and then go into second-hand Burgundy barrels (mostly from Domaine Dujac). Florian thinks it foolish to automatically equate higher ripeness levels with better quality and that doing so often leads to overripe, high-alcohol wines with lots of extract and a shortage of acidity and delicacy. These are delicious Pinots of enormous integrity, made with undeniable passion and point of view.
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  20. FALKENSTEIN 2016 RIESLING KRETTNACHER ALTENBERG SPATLESE TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_374426
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS Harvested rather late (at the end of October), the 2016 Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spatlese Trocken has a beautifully clear, fine and aromatic bouquet with delicate citrus flavors and exciting flinty, coolish notes of crushed stones. Round and elegant, firm and very mineral on the palate, this is a juicy, well-structured and salty but still challenging Altenberg with lovely phenolic grip. Good length and tension. Tasted at the domaine in March 2018. - Stephan Reinhardt.

    Is that the collection of the year in the Saar? Well, there is Van Volxem, and there is always Egon Müller. However, I am in deep, deep love with the 2016 (and 2017!) Rieslings from this charismatic family domaine in Niedermennig whose clear, piquant and spicy Rieslings are picture-book wines of the Saar. In particular, the Krettnacher Euchariusberg bottlings have proved for several years that this is still one of the greatest single-vineyard sites not only in the Saar but on planet Riesling. Just taste the Kabinett or one of the Spätlesen, and you have a serious alternative to a Scharzhofberger. The problem with the wines of Erich and son Johannes Weber is not the price (which is still incredibly reasonable); the real problem is to find some bottles! Hofgut Falkenstein was nearly unknown in Germany for years (75% of the production was exported either to the US or to Norway). It is only recently that there has been more and more hype surrounding the wines of Hofgut Falkenstein, and a growing number of sommeliers tend to order the wines without having tasted them. It's a bit tricky to keep it all straight, though, since both father and son are so damn crazy about the specific character of each plot that they bottle almost each fuder under its own AP number. That means, for example, the several bottlings of the Niedermenniger Herrenberg are not just slightly different but—in terms of character—hugely different. Internally (and among long-term clients and freaks), each plot has a different name that is used to refer to each wine. But so far, these funny names—like "Tante Anna—have not made it onto the labels, and the AP number is the only hint to another world. Another world? Indeed. As you know, the Webers are also producing red wine: Spätburgunder a.k.a. Pinot Noir. When I served the 2015 Niedermenniger Sonnenberg "Red Wine" next to a Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées from Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier for friends in a restaurant in Chinatown in December 2017, they fell immediately in love with it. It's a Pinot Noir, by the way, that never undergoes malolactic fermentation because the pH-levels aare too low for lactic acid bacteria. No chance. Official German tasters can't deal with the freshness of this kind of Pinot Noir and refuse to accept it as Spätburgunder. That's why you can only buy them as "Red Wine" (if you can buy it at all). I can only highly recommend the wines from the Weber family, one of the loveliest in the wine world I am traveling.
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  21. FRANZ KARL SCHMITT 2007 RIESLING EISWEIN 375ML NIERSTEINER OLBERG VINEYARD, RHEINHESSEN

    Item #: 372092
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    This Eiswein is absolutely outstanding, a real rarity, and will be holding perfectly, even if some ullage, so highly concentrated plus great acidity structure. Honey and apricot flavors abound! Franz-Karl Schmitt's estate no longer exists after being founded in 1549. One of the oldest and most famous estates in Rheinhessen. The first Rheinhessen estate to produce a Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese in 1900. The Nierstein Olberg vineyard is renowned for it's red slate.
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  22. GUT HERMANNSBERG 2013 RIESLING SCHLOSSBOCKELHEIMER

    Item #: i_333311
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Volcanic rock covered by carbonate shale: thousands of man-hours were required to carve out a vineyard from a former copper mine and steep, solid rock. On the south-facing terraces, the grapes ripen to perfection, with a special minerality derived from the meager rocky soils. This wine is all about mineral.

    Originating this year exclusively in the great Kupfergrube and thus effectively a “second wine” to the Grosses Gewachs from that site, Gut Hermannsberg’s 2013 Schlossbockelheimer Riesling trocken delivers a nose-tweaking combination of saline, alkaline and struck-flint mineral notes allied to lemon zest, juniper berry and green herbs. Firm in feel and with a nearly wince-inducing pungency fulfilling what the nose promised (some might say “threatened”), this wine offers an adamant mineral bath, but also welcome juiciness of grapefruit, lemon and white peach, leading to a bright, penetrating, at once invigorating and austere finish.
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  23. HANS WIRSCHING 2017 ROSE ESTATE

    Item #: i_331139
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This is a zippy, breezy, crisp Rosé with a bouquet of Carnations and Cherry Jolly Ranchers. This fresh, delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Portugieser and Domina, is bright and lively on the palate, has a fantastic texture, and a lovely, long Grapefruit finish.

    Food parings: Grilled white meats, seafood, Asian food, cured meats and a wide variety of cheeses. Pastas made with a light sauce with seafood; poultry, or vegetables would be ideal!
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    was $16.95 Special Price $14.99
  24. J. JOS PRUM 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_331141
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is clear, though still a bit reductive on the nose, offering sweet herbal flavors more than anything else. There are very subtle mineral flavors in the background. The wine is round, highly refined and perfectly balanced on the palate, provided with a lush and sweet fruit, an elegant texture and a stimulating salinity and grip in the finish. This is gorgeous! Keep it for another 5-10 years, though. - Stephan Reinhardt
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  25. J. JOS PRUM 2016 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH RIESLING SPATLESE, MOSEL, GERMANY

    Item #: 320482
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly balanced by the spicy, grippy phenols/minerals. This is a really complex Spatlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years. Stephan Reinhardt.

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 91 POINTS "Despite a faintly cheesy, reductive
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