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. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. MULLER-CATOIR 2015 MUSKATELLER BURGERGARTEN TROCKEN DRY

    Item #: i_304582
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "For the first time, a single-vineyard old-vines (55-plus) Muscat is being made as a stand-alone. It’s the very epitome of the opal basil flavor of MC Muscat; it’s a profound aroma, no less; entirely arresting, even stunning. The palate has density and preposterous length, like a pudding of Muscat. Has there ever been a better one? You have to go to ZH’s Goldert to find its equal." - Terry Thiese.
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  5. SCHAFER-FROHLICH 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE FELSENECK BOCKENAUER ***HALF-BOTTLE** 375ML

    Item #: i_399964
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94+ POINTS
    Made from perfectly golden-yellow grapes, the 2015 Felseneck Riesling Auslese is rich, clear and precise on the nose--lovely, flinty and subtly concentrated. Piquant and racy on the palate, this is an Auslese with great purity and clear fruit intensity.

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 95 POINTS
    The 2015 Felseneck Auslese that I tasted saw no botrytis, but was made from a fifty-fifty blend of golden berries and shriveled, Passerillage bunches. The bouquet is stunning, soaring from the glass in a blaze of fresh pineapple, white cherries, a delicate touch of fresh mint, bee pollen, wild yeasts, a lovely base of slate and a pungent topnote of lime blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and utterly seamless, with racy acids, great focus and grip and a very, very long, filigreed and complex finish. A great bottle of Auslese. 2020-2065. 95.
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  6. SPREITZER 2015 RIESLING ESTATE TROCKEN DRY

    Item #: i_342356
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jancis Robinson
    With a subtle fragrance of herbs the wine punches almost above its designation of simple estate wine, but on the palate things are more straightforward with a pleasant juicy expression of grapefruit. Easy-drinking trocken.

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    Sourced from Oestrich’s trio of Einzellagen – Doosberg, Lenchen and Klosterberg – this once again unchaptalized cuvée is delightfully buoyant and, surprisingly, weighs in at more than half a percent less alcohol than its 2014 counterpart. Succulent but prominently, pithily pit-tinged white peach and mirabelle mingle with sweaty, mouthwatering salinity. This boasts fine concentration and length for a generic, its finish at once soothing, cleansing, and refreshing. “A lot of this came from young vines,” explained Spreitzer, “and generally from relatively loose clusters, well-ventilated ones that could be left until later to harvest.” And yet, it’s legally dry (with five grams of residual sugar) at just 11.5 percent alcohol! (DS) (9/2017)
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  7. ZIEREISEN 2015 PINOT NOIR (SPATBURGUNDER) SCHULEN

    Item #: i_372102
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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.
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  8. ZIEREISEN 2015 PN "RHINI" SPATBURGUNDER BADEN

    Item #: i_372101
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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.
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