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. 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
  2. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE 750ml

    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. PFEFFINGEN 2015 RIESLING TERRA ROSA TROCKEN, DRY

    Item #: i_322823
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The nose is filled with spicy minerality, some citrus and grapefruit notes but also pineapple and apples, on the palate powerful and mineralic, very dense, fresh acidity, herbal notes and lots of citrus and grapefruit, long lasting minerality. Amazing value.

    BACKGROUND: Pfeffingen in the Pfalz appellation is owned and operated by the Eymael family. Doris Eymael and her son Jan Eymael are descendants of the family that was granted the land in the 17th century by Emperor Ferdinand II. The unicorn on the label comes from the family crest. Today the estate includes 42 acres planted to Riesling, Scheurebe, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. The estate is unusual in Germany for being on “terra rossa,” or rich, red loan. Jan Eymael and Rainer Gabel are the winemakers. Pfeffingen is known for its richly styled dry and sweet wines.
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    was $21.98 Special Price $15.95
  4. RUDOLF FURST 2015 RIESLING "PUR MINERAL" DRY

    Item #: i_372108
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  5. SCHNAITTMANN 2015 TROLLINGER "STEINWIEGE"

    Item #: i_399953
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Trollinger "Steinwiege" by Rainer Schnaitmann really puts you in a good mood. Aromas of cherries, red currants, wild raspberries and plum jam run about.

    It harmonises excellently with dishes such as vegetable casserole or mushroom focaccia.

    The Rainer Schnaitmann winery is the youngest winery in Fellbach. Rainer Schnaitmann presented his first collection with the 1997 vintage.

    Rainer Schnaitmann is now one of the best wineries in Wurttemberg and Germany. Every year he produces top class Pinot Noir from the location of Fellbacher Lammler.

    In the Gault & Millau wine guide, Rainer Schnaitmann is now awarded 4 out of 5 possible grapes.
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    was $15.98 Special Price $9.95
  6. VOLS 2015 RIESLING WILTINGER KUPP KABINETT

    Item #: i_303968
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    VINOUS - 90 POINTS A delicate, satisfyingly juicy, poised and Saar-typical performance offers fresh apple and cherry backed by judicious sweetness, wreathed in honeysuckle and apple blossom and underlain by wet stone. Impressive persistence goes hand in hand with an irresistible urge to take the next sip.
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  7. ZIEREISEN 2015 PINOT NOIR "RHINI" SPATBURGUNDER BADEN

    Item #: i_372101
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE 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.
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  8. ZIEREISEN 2015 PINOT NOIR (SPATBURGUNDER) SCHULEN

    Item #: i_372102
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE 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.
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