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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. MULLER-CATOIR 2015 MUSKATELLER HAARDT TROCKEN DRY

    Item #: i_304581
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "Germany’s (and thus among the world’s) greatest Muscat has been divided into two wines this year. This one’s zingy and primordial; ludicrous “green” flavors; solid and direct, minty and mizuna; a clamorous yet crystalline beauty" - Terry Thiese.
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  7. REBHOLZ 2015 RIESLING BIRKWEILER KASTANIENBUSCH GROSSES GEWACHS, GG, PFALZ, GERMANY

    Item #: i_362358
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 95 POINTS
    Offers rapierlike focus and acidity to the concentrated and explosively fruity green apple, white cherry and jasmine flavors. Dried sage and chamomile notes linger on the powerful, well-structured finish, showing some hints of white pepper. Complex and refined. Drink now through 2026. 250 cases made. –KM

    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2015 Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling trocken GG shows a very pure and complex, almost dusty and wet clay bouquet with herbal flavors. Round, piquant and very elegant on the palate, this is another Mosel-like Riesling from the Southern Pfalz. It is lean but juicy, precise, concentrated and very complex in the finish. Already accessible, but with a long and tension-filled finish, this is a very expressive Riesling with grip and character. Highly recommended.

    After 2014, Hansjorg Rebholz has again bottled a great vintage. His 2015 series is outstanding and a benchmark collection. His selective harvesting has come close to perfection over the years, and even more so because it wasn't easy in 2014 nor in 2015, when the ripening of the grapes was so quick that many wines in the Pfalz lost precision and balance.

    Rebholz's 2015s are below 13% alcohol and most of them are between 12-12.5% alcohol. The acidity is vital and very precise, and the wines reveal a persistent mineral structure intertwined with ripe and concentrated fruit. Sometimes you have the impression of drinking a Mosel wine with the origin of Pfalz. The outstanding wines in 2015 are the Riesling grand crus Kastanienbusch GG, Ganz Horn GG and Im Sonnenschein GG. There is just one wine even more impressive: the 2015 Gewurztraminer Auslese Albersweiler Latt. This is one of the greatest Gewürztraminers beyond Alsace. - Stephan Reinhardt.
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  8. 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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  9. SCHAFER-FROHLICH 2015 RIESLING SPATLESE GOLD FELSENECK GOLDKAP , GOLD CAPSULE

    Item #: i_342379
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS From the oldest vines, the 2015 Felseneck Riesling Spätlese Gold Capsule is deep, very precise and smoky on the nose. On the palate, this is a pure and highly finessed Riesling with a frisky and light character, lots of salt and piquant, very stimulating acidity. This Spätlese was picked a week before the Felseneck GG Rieslings and you don't feel the residual sugar that is just analytically high.

    For Tim Frohlich, 2015 was "an uncomplicated, picture book vintage that we would take every year." Indeed, his Rieslings are characterized by full ripeness, intense fruit flavors, precision, finesse and vitality. "The wines taste like the grapes we picked," said Tim. "To me, 2015 is the finest vintage of my career. Even more, there is almost no chance to top these wines I fear..."

    According to Tim, the rainfalls were distributed perfectly in 2015: "The grapes were ripe and the acidity was perfect, too. The resulting wines display precise fruit flavors and have a great concentration... The cold autumn nights were crucial to keep the freshness and acidity, whereas we received the ripeness earlier. We rarely had an autumn where we kept the grapes on the vines that long! Botrytis was perfect. But, we had so many healthy grapes! We picked raisins without botrytis, so as a result, we have a great precision even in the noble sweet wines. This is due to the thin skins of the golden-yellow Riesling berries, especially in the Halenberg and Felseneck where the grapes were concentrated in between days. The perfect conditions lead to shorter maceration times. The wines had power and structure enough, there was absolutely no need to adjust anything."

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94+ POINTS The 2015 Goldkapsel Spätlese this year hails from a similar section of the vineyard and the grapes were brought in on the same day, but this is an old vine selection of forty-five to fifty year old vines. The wine is very, very pure and saw no botrytis, delivering a superb aromatic constellation of white cherries, citrus zest, a gorgeous base of slate minerality, white lilies and an exotic touch of gentle spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and even racier than the “regular” Spätlese, with a more reserved personality out of the blocks, excellent focus and grip and simply stunning mineral drive on the very long, dancing and impressively delicate finish. Great juice. 2020-2050. 94+.

    JANCIS ROBINSON 18.5 POINTS (OUT OF 20)
    Cask sample. From 50+ year old vines. Analysis is similar to the non Goldkapsel bottling but all the difference is from the plot (darker slate, apparently). Intense and very sweet and honeyed. Deeper minerality. Elegant.
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  10. SELBACH 2015 RIESLING INCLINE

    Item #: i_311872
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinified in stainless steel, with just a hint of residual sugar, this wine vividly represents all that Mosel wine should be – Fruity with vibrant acidity, clarity, and precision; all highlighted by intense slate-driven minerality.
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  11. 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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  12. WILLI SCHAEFER 2015 RIESLING AUSLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_324091
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 93 POINTS
    Rather exotic nose that definitely isn't typically Wehlen. Juicy, clean and crisp, but compared to the top bottlings of this vintage from Schaefer, this is merely "very good." Drink any time during the next 10 years. Stuart Pigott.

    WINE ADVOCATE - 92+ POINTS
    From very young vines that were planted after the Furbereinigung, the 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese is based on 50% or more of botrytis berries. The wine opens bright and intense on the nose, with very nice slate aromas. On the palate, this is a light, sweet and very mineral Riesling with a piquant and stimulating acidity. But it does not have the complexity and density of the Domprobst and even the Himmelreich selections. Give it some time and it will be very stimulating, though!

    "We had a beautiful and very relaxed October in 2015," says Willi Schaefer, who in general doesn't care much about analytics; instead, he prefers to taste the grapes before he decides when to pick them. He also recruits an experienced harvest team to pick the four hectares of family-owned Riesling vineyards, which are almost entirely based in Graach except for a small plot (or one 1,000-liter fuder) in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Most of the wines are predominantly fermented and aged in traditional fuders, but even the stainless steel parts are aged for three months in traditional oak vats that were partly made by Willi's grandfather.

    In 2015, the Schaefers have produced outstanding predicate wines, namely in the Graacher Domprobst: There are pure and piquant Kabinett wines; lush and precise Spätlesen; and intense and complex, perfectly balanced Auslesen (all types are unrivaled in their price/quality relation); as well as an immortal Beerenauslese. In general, Schaefer's Rieslings are highly finessed and elegant, but also intense and complex. His 2015s are picture-book wines of this style.

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA - 93 POINTS
    “This was the one place where we had early botrytis,” explained Willi Schaefer, “but that was simply because of the replanting and young vines that had so few clusters, with berries so tiny and thin-skinned that they were vulnerable to botrytis and needed early picking regardless.” Mango and passion fruit wreathed in heliotrope and lily make for a head-turningly heady nose, then pick up a welcome bit of fresh apple juiciness and tartness on the expansive, buoyant palate. The lingering, lusciously fruited finish is soothing and enveloping, yet not without refreshment. Given the amazing focus, clarity and energy that characterize so many wines in the Schaefers’ 2015 collection, one has to recalibrate to appreciate the manifest but very different virtues of this Wehlener – almost the alter-ego of the corresponding Himmelreich rendered from later-picked, wind-desiccated berries.
    -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES - 94 POINTS
    This “maiden wine” comes from the “new” parcel in the central part of the vineyard which was replanted after the 2011 vintage. This shows a quite smoky nose at first and only gradually reveals a fruity side driven by apricot and orange as well as mint and yellow peach. The wine is creamy and smooth on the palate, with just the right amount of acidity to keep things interesting. The unctuous feel to the finish in the finish adds to the pleasure of enjoying this deep and direct expression of Sonnenuhr Auslese. 2025-2040
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  13. WILLI SCHAEFER 2015 RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE GRAACHER DOMPROBST **HALF-BOTTLE** 375ML

    Item #: i_311280
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE ADVOCATE - 98 POINTS Picked over several days and sorted two times (in the vineyard and again on a sorting table in the winery), the 2015 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese opens super clear, fresh and precise on the nose. There are lemon and smoky/stony flavors and an unreal precision. On the palate, this is a super pure, lush, precise and refreshing, highly digestible Beerenauslese of great finesse and elegance. The finish is very clear, pure, piquant and salty, revealing a beautiful grip and mineral finesse and tension. You can easily make your BA more rich and fat, but it is almost impossible to make it more fresh, piquant and digestible—but Schaefer did it with their Domprobst BA in 2015. This is immortal Riesling and most of us will never see it fading away. - Stephan Reinhardt

    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 98 POINTS Dense dried mango and papaya aromas. Great succulence but also the classic Willi Schaefer purity. Enormous concentration and clarity. The finish just keeps pumping out the exotic fruits. Almost timeless. Stuart Pigott

    MOSEL FINE WINES - 97 POINTS This offers a superb ripe nose driven by plenty of honeyed scents of exotic fruits such as apricot, yellow peach, pear and pineapple but also by fresher fruits of lime and grapefruit. The wine is honeyed, creamy and almost syrupy on the palate. A superbly fresh touch of fresh acidity lifts up the flavors and provides a stunning frame to a gorgeously complex and multi-layered feel of honey, nut paste, apple jelly and marzipan in the after-taste. This BA is quite a head-turner! 2025-2065

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 97 POINTSThe 2015 Beerenauslese from the Domprobst is yet another magical wine from Christophe Schaefer. The beautiful nose offers up the vintage’s purity and precision in spades, wafting from the glass in a creamy constellation of pear, white cherries, a beautiful touch of minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and a really lovely, almost perfumed topnote of iris blossoms as well. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very, very refined in profile, with great depth and balance, marvelous acidity and a very long, pure and dancing finish. This is a bottomless BA that is also stunningly light on its feet and vibrant. Great juice. 2020-2080. 97.
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