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 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. DAUTEL 2016 ESTATE SPATBURGUNDER PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_362365
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    “Even this “basic” Pinot Noir 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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  7. DONNHOFF 2016 RIESLING ESTATE TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_321208
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 92 POINTS
    An amazing everyday (dry) wine that’s full of peach, citrus and floral aromas. Juicy and elegant this is beautifully balanced with a ton of character and a long clean finish. Drink now or hold. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified. Screw cap.

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    From volcanic soils, Donnhoff's 2016 Nahe Riesling Trocken (Estate) is a ripe, fresh, pure, elegant and light Riesling with a straight, lean character, juicy fruit and lovely acidity. Helmut Donnhoff calls it "my jeans wine," a wine for every day.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE

    Item #: i_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 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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    $450.00
  11. 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
  12. FALKENSTEIN 2017 NIEDERMENNINGER HERRENBERG RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN (DRY) #19

    Item #: i_374421
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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.

    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.

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    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.
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  13. 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. 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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  14. HEXAMER 2017 RIESLING PORPHYR FEINHERB (OFF-DRY)

    Item #: i_328023
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 93 POINTS An off-dry riesling that's brimming with the smoky character that porphyry soil produces. The balance between the peaches and nectarines and the lively acidity on the medium-bodied palate is spot on. With more power at the finish this would have rated even higher. Drink or hold. Stuart Pigott.
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  15. J. JOS PRUM 2016 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH RIESLING SPATLESE, MOSEL, GERMANY

    Item #: i_320482
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese 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 “Mosel stink,” fresh apple and pineapple project a penetratingly fragrant as well as tangy personality to this polished, glossy, buoyant bottling. For now, it lacks the clarity, precision or interest of the corresponding Kabinett, but it’s obviously early days, especially in consideration of the glacial pace at which Prum wines often evolve. Certainly, though, there is admirable and refreshing sheer length." -- David Schildknecht
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  16. J. JOS PRUM 2017 RIESLING AUSLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_331141
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92+ POINTS This 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is almost non-saying at f irst and only timidly delivers scents of vineyard peach, grapef ruit, pear puree, spices and gingerbread. The w ine is delightfully playful and delicately sweet on the palate, where almond cream, peach and candied melon make for a smooth and round feeling. A f resher side underpinned by some zesty grapef ruit comes through in the f inish and af ter -taste. This Auslese will test the patience of wine lovers, yet reward those w ith the patience to wait: This is a great Auslese in the making, and one which has quite some upside potential if it freshens up with time. 2032-2047
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  17. J. JOS. PRUM 2017 RIESLING KABINETT WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_320487
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92 POINTS This 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett offers a superbly floral nose complemented by vineyard peach, almond cream, smoke, minty herbs, pear and cassis. The wine is delicate, f loral and elegantly smooth on the palate yet develops a gorgeously focused and very persistent side full of intensity and complexity in the straight and multi-layered f inish. This is a great Kabinett in the making.
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  18. JB BECKER 1990 WALLUFER BERG BILDSTOCK RIESLING SPATLESE TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_324085
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 88
    WINE ADVOCATE - 90 POINTS The golden-yellow 1990 Rheingau Riesling Wallufer Berg Bildstock Spatlese Trocken is pure, fresh and precise on the nose. On the palate, this is a generous, ripe and elegant Riesling with good tension and beautiful maturity. The finish is pure, fresh and persistently salty. This is a lovely dry Riesling that tasted delicious today. The Bildstock has more gravel than the Walkenberg, and the grapes ripen earlier. Drink date: 2017-2032.

    Hans-Josef ("Hajo") Becker is one of the most fascinating figures in the Rheingau. His traditional Rieslings are aged in wooden casks as long as possible (ten months at least) to gain complexity and longevity. Picked without any botrytis, they are rich, complex and powerful wines that can age for decades. (You can still buy wines from the 1990s here and even the 1980s taste vibrantly fresh!) Made to be served with food, like French wines, most of them are really dry and if they are not, don't worry; even the rare Kabinett and Spätlese bottlings do not taste really sweet but lithe, fruity-piquant, with a lovely finessed and elegant Riesling flavor and a salty-mineral, stimulating finish. Are there any better food wines on the market? Try Becker's complex yet pure and subtle Rieslings with fish, no matter if raw, cooked or roasted. The wines have bright, elegant fruit with a refreshing acidity, lingering salinity and truly fine tannins.
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  19. JJ CHRISTOFFEL 2017 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN

    Item #: i_324208
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92 POINTS
    The 2017er Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese... reveals ripe scents of fruits including pear, yellow peach, mirabelle, pineapple and a hint of apricot, all wrapped up in quite some spices. The wine is intensely creamy and juicy on the palate driven by ripe notes of honeyed and exotic fruits such as mango and guava. The finish is mouthcoating yet long and playful. This Auslese in all but name is a superb fully fruity Riesling. 2027-2047 92 points

    JAMES SUCKLING - 90 POINTS
    Quite a sweet Kabinett that is brimming with a fruit-salad character. It has a long clean finish. Drink now or in 2019. Screw cap. (6/2018)
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  20. JOH. JOS. PRUM 2016 RIESLING SPATLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR A.P. #12

    Item #: i_320488
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese (AP 23 17) is still discreet, floral and finely mineral rather than fruity on the nose compared to the other 2016 Spatlesen. Lush, piquant and juicy on the palate, this is a firm but sensual Sonnenuhr with remarkable finesse, lightness and lingering salinity. Tasted March 2018.

    WINE SPECTATOR - 93 POINTS Intense but lithe, with lively acidity that provides fine cut to the mango, slate and chamomile flavors. A savory mineral note stands out toward the end, with graceful floral hints lingering on the pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2038.—A.Z.

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 93 POINTS “Headily sweet scents of gardenia, lily and honeysuckle mingle with those of fresh apple and pear, setting the tone for a succulently fruity, delicate palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. With an enveloping sense of richness, the finish lingers lusciously, almost decadently. It would be a shame not to allow this some time in bottle before uncorking -- advice which the Prums would emphatically give you about all of their wines!” -- David Schildknecht

    JANCIS ROBINSON Generous fruit and ginger scent with apricot and sweet citrus on the palate. Has the extra weight that is missing from the Graacher. Tremendous nerve.
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  21. JOH. JOS. PRUM 2017 RIESLING SPATLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_320481
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES - 93 POINTS This 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese displays a beautiful nose of white peach, flowers, tangerine, almond paste, spices and a hint of apricot. The wine is beautifully playful thanks to some zesty and herbal acidity on the palate. The zesty side takes over the structure of the wine in the finish and makes for a remarkable crisp af ter-taste. This is in need of cellaring (at least a decade) in order to develop its full complexity and smoothen at the edges. 2027-2047
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  22. KELLER 2016 RIESLING "RR"

    Item #: i_372096
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - 94 POINTS This "Kalkstein Reserve" or "Kirchspiel Reserve" - take your pick - reflects a share of wine from Kirchspiel that finished not quite legally trocken and corresponds with the wine formerly known simply as "Riesling RR." Its 11 grams of sugar surely play a role in what comes off as an explosively fruity albeit dry-tasting performance loaded with succulent white peach, tart-edged, seedy kiwi and crisp apple. The upshot is a silken-textured, infectiously juicy, startlingly tingling and consummately refreshing Riesling. A combination of mint and chalk suffusion lends the long, vibrant finish a delightfully cooling cast. "You ferment spontaneously, and I don't get a bellyache over whether you end up being trocken, halbtrocken or with 30 grams of sugar. Do whatever you think right!" quipped Keller, imagining that he was addressing the newly pressed must. He didn't let me back him into a corner over the question of why his must from the especially iron-rich portion of Kirchspiel in question so often finishes halbtrocken, a condition that seems to perfectly complement the cool, chalky Kirchspiel traits that in the realm of legal dryness can sometimes become austere. But he did offer this further comment with a grin: "You could never do this with Morstein" - by which I presume he means he would never let it happen! David Schildknecht
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