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_318015Bottle Size: 750mlBIODYNAMIC. A great, rare rose of Pinot Noir, the grape must sees up to six days of skin contact, making for a wine with great texture that begs to be sipped with hearty food. Cherries and red flowers fill the nose; the palate has high-toned sour cherries, red hibiscus, and cranberries, contrasted by savory notes of black tea, and earth.
- Item #: i_362348Bottle Size: 750mlSilky 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.
Enderle & Moll has long been deemed one of the best new Pinot Noir producers in Germany. Notes of juicy red cherries, ripe raspberries, and tart orange dominate this well-balanced, insanely delicious palate.
Organic and Biodynamic.
- Item #: i_372101Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS Intense and floral on the fruity nose, where ripe cherry and black as well as red berry aromas are displayed and intertwined with refreshing chalky notes, the 2015 Rhini is a pure Pinot Noir from Jurassic soils intermixed with iron-rich loam and refreshing herbal notes. Taut and fresh on the palate, this silky-textured, fresh and finessed Pinot reveals stunning concentration and length with intensity and well-dosed power and fine but tight tannins. Aged for 21 months in predominantly used barriques, this unfined and unfiltered Pinot combines concentration and persistency with vibrant freshness, great finesse and aging potential. This 2015 is a gorgeous, refined, refreshing and tightly structured Pinot that is still terribly young. Most probably the greatest (and most racy) Rhini I have tasted here in 10 years. From lot L2117.
A few years ago, Hanspeter and Edeltraud Ziereisen introduced a new Pinot Noir from Feuerbach: Talrain. I tasted the 2014 from the barrel in summer 2016 and I liked it. It was very different from the other Ziereisen Pinots but doubtlessly impressive: warm, ripe, generous and fiery. I had the 2014 from the bottle today, and I liked it again. Then came the 2015, and guess what? I loved it! Don't get nervous about the price, which is ridiculously low and doesn't indicate the quality at all. I had to order a case immediately. Twenty-three U.S. dollars might have been okay for the rather weak first release (vintage 2013), but it's already more than fair for the excellent 2014, whereas the 2015 is more of a present than a purchase. There are no excuses for not buying the 2015 Talrain. Take as much as you can get, and you'll have great divertisement for more than a decade.
Like Bernhard Huber’s best plots, the red soil of the Talrain is full of iron-rich limestone, which gives this contradictory spot (500 meters above sea level and surrounded by forest but very well protected and thus having a warm microclimate) its vibrant-nervous, if not racy and ferrous-edged soul. The finish is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. So long, so vital, so pure, fresh and tensioned! Since this vineyard had been farmed by a co-op member who added lots of nutrients to the soil for many years until 2012, the soil is now getting better and better with every single year. The growth of the plants has become less vigorous and the crop less generous, as Hanspeter Ziereisen reports.
FALSTAFF MAGAZINE - 93 POINTS Wild cherry and elderberry aromas jump from the glass, laced with mineral notes and subtle wood. On the palate of disarming elegance, fine, integrated tannins glide with a medium mouthfeel. The Rhini is quite juicy with good fruit extract and an earthy finish.
JANCIS ROBINSON 17.5 POINTS A fascinating fragrance delights with the smell of woodland, comprising notes of forest floor, mushrooms and undergrowth, but also the fruit of blueberries and blackberries. On the palate the tannins are still quite raw but, together with sound acidity and solid body, contribute to a firm structure which signals long-term potential. Oak keeps a low profile with the merest of smoky notions; nuances of plums, glazed cherries and tobacco are only just beginning to reveal what further treats may lie in store. (MS)
IMPORTER NOTES: The Rhini is quite elegant but it is introduced by seemingly simple aromas of fresh cherries and strawberries. Flavors of rich cherries and dark plums then follow and are perfectly balanced with the wine's medium mouthfeel. What is most remarkable however, about the Rhini is how all of its components combine into a very refreshing sensation of fully saturating all of your taste buds and back palate with its perfect acidity and minerality. Grown in iron rich clay over limestone soil, this is another perfectly crafted Ziereisen wine and has been aged for 22 months in new and used oak barrels.
Food pairings would include, Filet Mignon, NY Steak, Roast Beef, short ribs, veal chops, roast pork, pork tenderloin, lamb, duck, venison, grilled salmon, roast chicken, Mexican food, Asian beef and pork dishes, mild Indian curries, vegetable casseroles and soft and rich cheeses.
- Item #: i_372102Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 90+ POINTS Tasted from lot L1017, Ziereisen's Pinot Noir 2015 Schulen opens with a pure, clear, fresh and fairly toasty yet intense and serious bouquet of dark berries and fresh oak (although only 10% of new oak was used during the 21 months of élevage, according to the back label). On the palate, this is a full-bodied and intense yet silky-textured and elegant Pinot with refreshing acidity and remarkable transparency. The finish is long and concentrated and wonderfully dry and refreshing in the aftertaste. The wine keeps its firm and persistent structure and is full of aging potential.
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS Vivid, with aromas of cherry blossom leading off, followed by tangy raspberry flavors and notes of earth and mineral. Features lingering spice details on the long, well-balanced finish. Harmonious. Best from 2021 through 2028. 75 cases imported. — AZ
JANCIS ROBINSON - 17 POINTS An intriguing nose combines the scent of rosehips with the spirity fragrance of marinated cherries and plums, lifted by just a hint of chocolate and spice. The palate exhibits a delightful freshness, which it owes to the piquant flavour of only just-ripe blackcurrants and juicy acidity, as well as wise restraint in the use of oak aging. A mere smidgeon of dusty minerality adds further interest. The 2015 is a little more generous than the 2014, but both show plenty of structure and tension. (MS) -----
Importer's notes: There are very interesting and lively aromas of plums, rich peaches, and cherry compote. The rich aroma profile then progresses into rich flavors as well of ripe cherries, candied plums, and hints of raspberries. The "weight" of the aromas and flavors are then elegantly complemented by a perfectly balanced medium mouthfeel. Sweet tannins then further complement the flavors and create a very memorable finish. What is also remarkable and interesting about this wine is that it is aged 21 months in new oak barrels. I am not a fan of using much new oak at all and to not have tasted the usual intrusion of new oak into the natural flavors of the wine shows Hanspeter Ziereisen's creativity and artistry at work as well as his astute choice of only using local coopers for all of his barrels.
The richness of the wine also results in some additional food pairings. A full list would include Filet Mignon, NY Steak, Roast Beef, short ribs, veal chops, lamb, duck, venison, grilled sausages, grilled salmon and tuna, grilled chicken, Mexican food, Asian Beef and Pork dishes, mild Indian curries, grilled vegetables, and rich and hard cheeses.
- Item #: i_342378Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Deep, clear, intense and with serious mineral flavors on the nose, the 2014 Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris) is a medium to full-bodied, lovely, racy, salty and firmly structured wine from 21-year-old vines on jurassic chalk. The finish is long, intense, full of tension, and displays a dense and well concentrated texture. This is another Best Buy of this family estate."
Pinot Grigio aka., Grauer Burgunder
Importer notes: This wine has aromas of pineapple, lychee, kiwi, white flowers, and ripe juicy apples and flavors of honeydew melon, mild pear, along with hints of pineapple, mild lemon, and tangerine. There is a light to medium mouthfeel along with perfect balance, light acidity, and a refreshing saturated finish.
Food pairings would include sole, shrimp, scallops, crab, sea bass, halibut, seafood salads, lobster bisque, fried anchovies, smoked salmon, pork, veal, baked chicken, creamy pasta dishes, Asian noodles, green papaya salad, mild curries, pasta salads, salad nicoise, light green salads, quiche, frittatas, hummus, baba ghanoush, and creamy vegetable dishes.