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. 2018 WEINGUT KELLER RIESLING TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_372010
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 91 POINTS I cannot recall ever having a better, basic Riesling Trocken from Klaus-Peter, and I am sure the ramping up of the average age of vines for each bottling is the reason for this! The bouquet is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a complex blend of pink grapefruit, blood orange, chalky soil tones, wild yeasts, dried flowers and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and again, really deep at the core, with great acidity and grip, superb focus and a very long, very classy and beautifully complex finish. This is not all that far off the quality level of the GGs fifteen years ago! It is a stunning value. 2019-2050. 91.
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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. BATTENFELD SPANIER 2015 RIESLING "PRIME" TROCKEN (DRY) ORGANIC

    Item #: i_342372
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2015 Riesling Trocken Prime is even more smoky and mineral on both nose and palate. Denser in its citrus color and with a great precision and chalky/lemon mixture on the nose, this is a round and piquant Riesling with a silky texture. It also has a long and intense, stimulatingly sappy finish. This is a gorgeous wine for every day and its concentration, elegance, finesse, mineral character and expression is really stunning. A great gastronomic wine, but also the one to party with. No day or time to enjoy this 2015 would be wrong. I should mention that this wine comes from a village named Hohen-Sulzen.... it’s hard to find a wine like the smoky-mineral 2015 Riesling Trocken Prime at its price point. Drink date: 2016 - 2022."

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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. BIRGIT EICHINGER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER WECHSELBERG

    Item #: i_362354
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS This wine's shy nose gives way to a still tightly wound palate. Its concentrated body holds ripe, bright lemon and salty sage flavors in a tight embrace. Driven and taut, it promises lasting refreshment.

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  7. DONNHOFF 2018 ESTATE RIESLING QBA FEINHERB NAHE, GERMANY

    Item #: i_328015
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    “A PERFECT VINTAGE OF THE BEST WINE VALUE IN THE ENTIRE DAMN WORLD, any color, any grape, any country, any price-point. This year for the first time it also contains fruit from a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhauser) Klamm (see also Jakob Schneider; the site is a mélange of Rotliegend and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.)” - Terry Theise

    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89 POINTS The 2018 Estate Riesling Feinherb had also been bottled at the start of the week, ahead of my Thursday afternoon visit, but it was showing quite well indeed (despite having to follow-up all of those GG fireworks). This wine comes in at 10.5 percent alcohol, has acids of 8.5 grams and sports around twenty-five grams of sugar this year. The bouquet is very pretty, offering up scents of white cherries, apple, salty minerality and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and juicy, with very good backend mineral tug, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the absolutely delicious finish. Another bargain! 2019-2040. 89.

    "This is from two main vineyards Oberhauser Felsenberg (volcanic) and Kieselberg (slate) as well as declassified fruit from the Grand Cru sites and Klamm, a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhäuser) Klamm which we know from Jakob – it’s a mélange of slate and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.. The idea here is to make a village wine, basically, though it’s sold and marketed as a Gutswein or Estate bottled basic wine. The Estate wine combines the two major soils that dominate the holdings for the estate, giving the drinker a look into what Donnhoff is all about. The basic wine is a calling card and thus Cornelius wants to make statement" - Importer
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  8. DONNHOFF 2018 RIESLING ESTATE TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_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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  9. DR H. THANISCH ERBEN MULLER-BURGGRAEF 2014 RIESLING SPATLESE BERNCASTELER DOCTOR

    Item #: i_382386
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2014 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spatlese is clear and concentrated on both nose and palate, and comes along as a highly elegant, piquant and persistently mineral and salty Riesling with great terroir expression and an endless finish. This is a great and flinty Spatlese with 7.5% alcohol that would be worth a Goldkapsel (Gold Capsule). Bottled with 7.5% alcohol, it's perfectly balanced and full of tension and delicacy.

    "You had to have good nerves and an instinctive feeling in 2014," says Max Ferger, winemaking director of the domaine from Barbara and Eric Rundquist, who are currently building a new winery far outside the inner city of Bernkastel. After a terribly rainy August and September (with 295 liters of rain) the harvest began earlier than expected and had to be finished quickly. Pinot Noir was the first grape that was picked in October, and it had to be sorted painstakingly, since the grapes were "everything between perfect and rotten,"--also a result of drosophila suzukii, which occurred for the first time in the Mosel. "Even within the same vineyard, there were good and rotten grapes, not just in the Pinot plots, but also the Riesling parcels," reports Max Ferger. "We had to control every single vineyard in order to react promptly.“ Yields were very diverse from village to village. Whereas in the top sites, only 20 hectoliters were cropped, there were 45 hectoliters in the vineyards in Kues and Lieser. The average yield in 2014 was 27 hectoliters, which is a bit more than 2013, but less than 2012 and by far not enough. The 2014 harvest was paused only on two rainy days and finished on October 30. Thanks to the sorting investment, Ferger fermented musts with sugar weights high enough for Spatlese and even two Auslese Rieslings. The resulting wines are at least very good and many of them are excellent; whereas the predicates from the Bernkasteler Doctor are simply great in their elegance and finesse. Don't miss them, although they are rare.
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  10. DR H. THANISCH ERBEN MULLER-BURGGRAEF 2015 RIESLING KABINETT BERNCASTELER DOCTOR

    Item #: i_382384
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
    The 2015 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett is clear, deep and subtle on the nose that displays ripe and concentrated fruit aromas along with flinty/mineral notes. Lush, sweet and piquant on the palate, this is a very elegant and seductive Kabinett that tastes rather like a Spätlese and reveals a long and well structured finish. Bottled with 8% alcohol and 68 grams of residual sugar. Keep this Doctor in your cellar at least for 6-10 years.

    The "other" Thanisch widow is not a member of the Mosel VDP, but that's not saying anything about the wine quality (which is not really serving the Mosel cliche) rather than a lot about the Mosel VDP and its members. Barbara Rundquist and her cellar master Max Ferger presented me another top series of Rieslings in their new winery in Andel (Bernkastel), and it is the finest they have produced so far. The harvest went from September 30 to November 6, so pretty long. The grapes are always macerated and slowly pressed, and the firmly structured wines are bottled late and with lower sulfur doses than usual in the Mosel Valley. The results are complex and expressive wines for fans of well-structured rather than beautifully flavored, easy-drinking Rieslings. Lovers of Loire Chenin might be pretty happy with this style whereas lovers of the Jugendstil style of Willi Schaefer or Joh. Jos. Prüm might be a bit confused. The best wines are the sweet Spatlsen and Auslesen from the Doctor, Lay and Graben in Bernkastel and the Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr. The dry Doctor—or grand cru or GG if you so will—comes along as Spätlese trocken and is never chaptalized. The 2014 wines were bottled along with the 2015s in August 2016, and both are great dry Rieslings.
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  11. DR LOOSEN 2016 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 8C, or 17F) 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. ENDERLE & MOLL 2017 PINOT NOIR ROSE SPATBURGUNDER ROSE

    Item #: i_362344
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Enderle & Moll's 2017 Spatburgunder Rose is deep, serious and beautifully structured. It is more of a Pinot Noir than rose, truth be told. The rose has nicely lifted aromatics of flowers, herbs and bright fruits. There’s also an earthy undercurrent that adds further complexity. There’s plenty of freshness, but this isn’t a crisp and easygoing rose. It’s packed with complexity and an expansive presence. A testament to its seriousness is that they don’t rush the wine to market. It gets released well after rose season is over. Everything is hands-on. Sven Enderle and Florian Moll basically do it all by themselves. They’re incredibly conscientious in the vineyard, following biodynamic principles. All of this shows in the wines. They’re individual and soulful. Their rose is no exception. Few wines in the category deliver as much complexity and even fewer offer this level of fascination.
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  15. GUT HERMANNSBERG 2016 RIESLING DRY "JUST RIESLING"

    Item #: i_311866
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 91 POINTS A dry Nahe riesling that manages to be immediately attractive, but also has the herbal, smoky and mineral character that makes this region special. The spot-on balance makes this an uncomplicated food wine. Drink now. Screw cap. Stuart Pigott.
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  16. HANS WIRSCHING 2017 SILVANER DRY in fluted bottle.

    Item #: i_331137
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The velvety texture is offset by ample minerality midpalate in this well-knit, zesty version. Geranium notes extend, meeting apple and lime flavors that linger on the well-defined finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases made, 600 cases imported.—A.Z.

    Why it's of note: Hans Wirsching is one of the largest family-owned wineries in Germany, with over 200 acres of vineyards, but they are still committed to high-quality wines. The winery focuses primarily on Silvaner, which is the most important variety in Franken, where they are located. This version shows the beautiful texture that great Silvaner is known for. Try it with crudo or sushi.

    A lively dry wine with a palate expressing notes of pear, lemongrass, gooseberry and ripe lime. Pure and focused, offering sleek mineral accents and a firm acidic backbone that drives this to a mouthwatering finish.

    Sustainably grown, the Wirsching family has been producing wine in the region since 1630. Home to Wirsching is the village of Iphofen, one of the most famous in Franconia and one which produces wines of unsurpassed regional quality from the steeply sloping vineyards. While the noble yet under-appreciated Silvaner is the estate's traditional focus. The Wirsching Silvaner has a bouquet of white flowers and garden herbs, fine mineral character, along with layers of fruit, spice, and uncommon depth. All of the Wirsching wines are Vegan.
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  17. J. JOS PRUM 2017 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH RIESLING SPATLESE, MOSEL

    Item #: i_320482
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2017 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese is deep, clear and flinty on the fascinating, elegant and complex nose. It is lush, precise, piquant and refined on the palate, with more transparency, freshness and crunchy slate minerality compared to the Bernkastel and Zeltingen. The wine is highly stimulating and salty, with concentrated grapefruit aromas. This wine is really enchanting. Open the bottle and glou-glou... Tasted in March 2019.

    Katharina Prum started harvesting on September 25th in 2017, benefited from a golden sunny October and finished in a little bit more than three weeks on October 18. The team picked all predicates from Kabinett (the Graacher Himmelreich is one of the finest produced in the Mosel that year) to TBA yet with a focus on Spatlese and Auslesen, which are absolutely fabulous in their purity, finesse and weightless elegance. Only the higher predicates, including the gold-capsuled Auslesen, are based on a good amount of carefully selected botrytis and overwhelming quality. Prum also produced BAs and TBAs in Graach and Wehlen, which will be released later and which I didn't taste so far. 2017 is another great collection for this iconic family domaine in Wehlen.

    WINE SPECTATOR - 93 POINTS Very expressive and open, offering a rich yet zingy framework. This features apricot, lime and candied orange flavors, with a minerally texture and vivid structure. Shows intensity and depth, but remains almost weightless and very graceful. Harmonious from start to long-lasting finish. Drink now through 2035. (5/2019)

    WINE ENTHUSIAST - 94 POINTS Pristine aromas of lemon and lime introduce this crystalline spatlese. It’s lip-smackingly sweet, marked by concentrated honeysuckle and hibiscus flavors. Electric grapefruit acidity leads a long pure finish. Delicious already, it will only improve through 2030, and likely hold much further. *Editors’ Choice* (AI) (4/2019)

    JANCIS ROBINSON
    Jasmine tea and gun-powder aromatics. Really floral and petal-detailed delicacy, clementine, and as it unfurls there’s earl grey tea leaf. Keeps opening in the mouth and keeps opening on the finish. So much here already and so much more to come. 17.5/20 points. (TC) (9/2018)
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  18. J. JOS PRUM 2017 RIESLING AUSLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_331141
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 97 POINTS The 2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is intense and concentrated on the nose, with raisin, grapefruit and even vegetable aromas at the moment. This is highly attractive and noble on both the nose and palate. The wine is lush and dense on the palate but highly elegant, crystalline and fine, revealing a highly stimulating, salty-piquant and intensely aromatic and complex finish. This is an outstanding wine, and it's highly digestible. Tasted in March 2019.

    Katharina Prum started harvesting on September 25th in 2017, benefited from a golden sunny October and finished in a little bit more than three weeks on October 18. The team picked all predicates from Kabinett (the Graacher Himmelreich is one of the finest produced in the Mosel that year) to TBA yet with a focus on Spatlese and Auslesen, which are absolutely fabulous in their purity, finesse and weightless elegance. Only the higher predicates, including the gold-capsuled Auslesen, are based on a good amount of carefully selected botrytis and overwhelming quality. Prüm also produced BAs and TBAs in Graach and Wehlen, which will be released later and which I didn't taste so far. 2017 is another great collection for this iconic family domaine in Wehlen.

    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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  19. 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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  20. KRUGER-RUMPF 2018 SPATBURGUNDER ROSE

    Item #: i_362361
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Rose by Kruger-Rumpf is made entirely of Pinot Noir by brothers Georg and Philipp Rumpf in the Nahe. The baby pink-hued rose greets you with a bouquet of white flowers, followed by a scent of Ruby Red Grapefruit. It is dry and piquant with a grand-finale, show-stopping taste of cranberry. Even at a mere 12% abv, this eerily reminds you of a Cape Cod cocktail, and somehow, someway, mysteriously evaporates from the glass.
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  21. LEITZ 2013 RIESLING SPATLESE RUDESHEIMER MAGDALENKREUZ

    Item #: i_342341
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
    The bright, high-toned 2013 Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese needs a warm-up to show its character that intertwines apples, lemons and floral aromas with white peach and finest mineral aromas on the quite complex and lovely pure nose. Grown on a deep loess soil this Spatlese is luscious and libidinous, a romance if not a love affair for your palate. Medium-bodied and lighthearted, this is a very pure and piquant Riesling with a lovely, stimulating sappiness and a lingering as well as salivating salinity in the finish. Has this wine ever been so good before? Without knowing all the former vintages I suppose: impossible!
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