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_311924Bottle Size: 187mlTASTING NOTES: This vibrant, racy dessert wine conjures flavors of densely packed pear, apple and guava, with an intense, nervy edge in the aroma. It is luscious, silky and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity giving it a crisp, dynamic finish.
From the Producer:
Eiswein ("ice wine") is another of nature's rare and wonderful gifts in our area. We hold aside certain plots of vines, hoping for a deep enough freeze(minimum 8C, or 17F) to harvest frozen grapes. These grapes are picked in the wee hours of the morning and pressed while they are still frozen, to slowly squeeze out a few drops of precious nectar, leaving the water behind as ice. The result is a vibrant, racy dessert wine that is strikingly different from the rounder, more honeyed style of the wines concentrated by botrytis.
This estate-grown Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein comes from special parcels in Bernkastel and Wehlen that we hold aside every year, hoping that it will freeze before the grapes fall victim to overripeness or rot - or get eaten by the wild boars! The frozen grapes for this particular bottling came primarily from a premier cru site called Bernkasteler Matheisbildchen, which is about halfway up the steep slope behind the Dr. Loosen estate house. The higher elevation makes this a cooler site, with greater potential for Eiswein.
- 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_362384Bottle Size: 750mlDisgorged February 2019.
The first Sekt at this estate was produced in the mid-twentieth century by Florian's grandfather, Peter Lauer Senior (yes, the same gentleman for whom Fass 6 is named). Generally 80% of the fruit comes from the Ayler Kupp and 20% from the Ayler Scheidterberg. It avoids the common pitfalls of Sekt in that it is neither painfully austere nor overtly sweet. It's intensely mineral and beautifully balanced with just 10 grams of residual sugar. As you can probably predict, the wine is by no means sweet, nor is it lacking in creamy, textured fruit. Most importantly, the gray slate terroir of Ayl sings through and the wine tastes unmistakably like Lauer, which to Florian's growing legion of fans should be the ultimate compliment.
- Item #: i_399955Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST - 90 POINTS This is an elegant, structured Pinot Gris suggesting bright juicy apple and grapefruit flavors accented by toasted nuts and waxy citrus peels. Dry and full bodied in style, it's balanced by fresh acidity and a rim of bitters on the finish.
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Konrad Salwey is considered one of the best winemakers of Pinot Gris/Grigio and this is a shining example. The Salwey, "RS" Grauburgunder uses Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. Eighty percent of the crop is harvested in the Kesleberg vineyard, and the remaining 20% - in Henkenberg and Eichberg. At the end of the harvest, the grapes are transported to the winery, where it is pressed and subjected to short maceration. This is followed by repeated soft pressing for 9 hours, after which the juice is clarified and fermented at moderate temperatures with the addition of natural yeast. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in large oak barrels. At the end of the wine Salwey, "RS" Oberrotweiler Grauburgunder is aged for a long time with constant battonage. The result is a long-lived wine on the palate with notes of pear, striking minerality and a beautiful texture.
- 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
- 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.