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.
- Item #: i_342383Bottle Size: 750mlMedium-bodied and almost creamy in texture, creating a sweet and spicy impression at the core, featuring honeyed chamomile tea, turmeric and candied ginger flavors. Very enticing, and elegant finish.
The grapes for this delious Riesling come from the prized area of Urziger Wurtzgartein, in the middle of the Mosel, above the village of Urzig. Vinified and aged entirely in stainless steel vats, and intentionally released after a minimum of one year in the bottle, it displays a classic Moel mineral and lime noted throughout with bright crisp acidity and just enough residual sweetness to soften the edges.
Christened and named by the Francofile Enno Lippold after Napoleon's wife, Josephine, it is meant to be a reminder that Riesling from the Mosel was once prized throughout the French court and, in particular, held in high esteem by none other than the wife of the emperor. Napoleon controlled this area of Germany for almost 15 years following his very successful military campaigns in this area.
- Item #: i_375498Bottle Size: 750mlLiesl's red is 100% hand-harvested Pinot Noir from small estate-owned plots, macerated in stainless steel and matured briefly in neutral oak, hand-harvested from small plots with a maximum production capacity of 1,200 9L cases. The wine undergoes a cooler maceration in stainless steel tanks using the pump-over technique for maximum extraction. The wine is then transferred to large oak barrels which help “flesh out” the Pinot Noir without imparting too much “oaky” character to the wine. Liesl then spends several months in bottle before leaving the winery. Aromas of black cherry and dark fruits are accented by cranberry and savory notes. Allspice, cinnamon and clove come through on the mid-palate with the sweet yet savory flavors continuing. A nice acidity frames the wine, with a touch of oak spices and the red and dark fruit aromas and flavors carrying through on the finish.
- Item #: i_318014Bottle Size: 750mlVINOUS - 91 POINTS
Smoky black tea, bacon, cress and wintergreen mingle with pear and lime in an aromatic display whose diversity anticipates what follows on a lush yet buoyant, unapologetically sweet yet animatingly juicy palate. The lusciously lingering finish cools, nips and milks the salivary glands. Based on this bottling’s current showing and the reputation of its specific place of origin, I would not be surprised if my intentionally conservative prognosis of bottle evolution were to prove far too cautious. (The historically important Flachenhahl vineyard has not been officially registered with the State of Rheinland-Pfalz, even though that would now be possible.) -- David Schildknecht