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. 2NATURKINDER 2018 FLEDERMAUS WHITE NATURAL WINE, BIODYAMIC, UNFILTERED

    Item #: i_376691
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Importer: Jenny & Francois
    No temperature control.
    Organic/Biodynamic
    Total Sulphites: 7 mg/L (LOW!)
    This wine is fermented spontaneously.

    A blend of Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner, aged on the lees in stainless steel tank, unfined and unfiltered with no sulfur added. At first, the lactic note cuts through and gives the wine a citrus-laced sour, salty beer (Gose) vibe when first poured. Then, the palate fleshes out into juicy tart underripe peach, starfruit and pineapple, and evolves onwards to notes of olive brine and key lime curd.
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  2. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2018 RIESLING AUSLESE URGLUCK #11

    Item #: i_318007
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 93 POINTS Graceful, with crunchy minerality and vivid acidity paving the way for elderflower, bergamot, vanilla and poached pear flavors. Shows great balance between sweetness and acidity. This is almost ready to drink now, but should integrate more after several years in the cellar. Best from 2023 through 2038. 198 cases imported.

    NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE LAST COMMERCIAL VINTAGE FROM MERKELBACH
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  3. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2018 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #7

    Item #: i_318008
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 90 POINTS This features a creamy texture, with yellow apple, candied orange and apricot flavors. Presents immediate appeal, yet the acidity denotes a promising life ahead. Slate minerality adds to the complexity. Drink now through 2030. 184 cases imported.
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  4. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2018 RIESLING URZIGER WURZGARTEN Kabinett #13

    Item #: i_318009
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Of course this is a Spätlese but it was the only Fuder one could even think of declassifying; it’s on the strawberry side of UW, and ridiculously long. Würzgarten has two profiles, which normally overlap while emphasizing one side or another. You have strawberry of various types, and you have another face of kiwi and sassafrass. And of course you have slate. These may be variations based on cadaster, as it stands to reason that steepness, altitude and soil-structure would all play roles. As a rule I’d say, if it looks rocky the wines will probably taste rocky.
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  5. DONNHOFF 2018 ESTATE RIESLING QBA FEINHERB NAHE, GERMANY

    Item #: i_328015
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    JAMES SUCKLING - 91 POINTS Green apples, pear drops and chamomile are in play here. Lightly off-dry with some softness and a fruity finish, but some pretty acidity crunch. Drink now

    “A PERFECT VINTAGE OF THE BEST WINE VALUE IN THE ENTIRE DAMN WORLD, any color, any grape, any country, any price-point. This year for the first time it also contains fruit from a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhauser) Klamm (see also Jakob Schneider; the site is a mélange of Rotliegend and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.)” - Terry Theise

    JANCIS ROBINSON - 16 POINTS The QbA bottling, described as 'fruchtig'. TA 8 g/l, RS 29 g/l. Richer and riper on the nose than the Höllenpfad Riesling trocken. Medium sweet but balanced. Creamy in the mouth thanks to the fruit ripeness but still deliciously fresh. Reasonably persistent too. JULIA HARDING, MW (JH)

    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89 POINTS The 2018 Estate Riesling Feinherb had also been bottled at the start of the week, ahead of my Thursday afternoon visit, but it was showing quite well indeed (despite having to follow-up all of those GG fireworks). This wine comes in at 10.5 percent alcohol, has acids of 8.5 grams and sports around twenty-five grams of sugar this year. The bouquet is very pretty, offering up scents of white cherries, apple, salty minerality and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and juicy, with very good backend mineral tug, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the absolutely delicious finish. Another bargain! 2019-2040. 89.

    "This is from two main vineyards Oberhauser Felsenberg (volcanic) and Kieselberg (slate) as well as declassified fruit from the Grand Cru sites and Klamm, a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhäuser) Klamm which we know from Jakob – it’s a mélange of slate and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.. The idea here is to make a village wine, basically, though it’s sold and marketed as a Gutswein or Estate bottled basic wine. The Estate wine combines the two major soils that dominate the holdings for the estate, giving the drinker a look into what Donnhoff is all about. The basic wine is a calling card and thus Cornelius wants to make statement" - Importer
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  6. DONNHOFF 2018 RIESLING NIEDERHAUSER HERMANNSHOHLE SPATLESE

    Item #: i_311009
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 95 POINTS The 2018 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese is deep and flinty as well as complex on the stony nose with its ripe and even stewed peach aromas. Silky, lush and refined on the palate, this is a concentrated yet pure, crystalline and delicate Riesling Spatlese with a long and complex, very mineral and filigreed, lingering salty finish. Highly stimulating and fresh. A gorgeous Spätlese from the famous Hermannshöhle. Tasted in July 2019.
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  7. DONNHOFF 2018 RIESLING OBERHAUSER BRUCKE SPATLESE

    Item #: i_311010
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS The 2018 Oberhauser Brücke Riesling Spatlese is very intense and aromatic on the dense and voluptuous nose. Lush and creamy on the palate, this is a generous and dense, lush and persistent Brucke Spatlese with remarkable freshness and piquancy. It's pretty straight and piquant, with remarkable finesse and mineral tension. Tasted in July 2019. Stephan Reinhardt.

    Before we go into Donnhoff's 2017s and 2018s, let me report about a record the estate made at the auction in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in late September. The one and only magnum of the 2015 Hermannshöhle Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Freitag—a wine that I scored 100 points three years ago—came under the hammer and fetched 22,491 euros (incl. fees and taxes). The one and only Dade Thieriot from Dee Vine Wines in California was the last man standing. He bought the wine not for a collector and not even for himself but for his four-year-old daughter who likes Riesling—"sweet Rieslings in particular," as Dade told me a few days later. So, huge congratulations to Marie-Katharina for what Helmut Donnhoff calls "a monument of German Riesling culture" and "possibly the finest wine we have ever produced at our estate." Four bottles of the standard size were auctioned for a total of 13,744.5 euros and 16 of the 375-milliliter bottles fetched a sum of 20,391.84 euros.

    So now, are there any other wines on the horizon to beat that one day? You never know, but I'd guess rather not. However, again there are marvelous wines to buy from Donnhoff from both vintages, 2018 and 2017.

    2017 was deeply marked by frost in April that hit the plants terribly after the early budbreak. "We are located in a narrow valley and always threatened by spring frost," says Helmut Donnhoff, who tasted both vintages with me on an extremely hot summer day in July this year (2019). "We already thought the 2017 vintage would completely fail." Torches rescued the famous Brucke vineyard where Donnhoff produces (in certain years) perhaps Germany's finest Eiswein, but other vineyards suffered a lot. "The summer was very nice and helpful for the plants, but in the end, we had losses between 25% and 50% compared to a normal year, especially in our lesser plots that we pick for our estate wine. The crus were less hit, though." Donnhoff, who celebrated his 70th birthday a day after the now famous auction, has enough experience with difficult vintages and heavy losses. "You have to work hard the whole year, but you don't gain that much in the end. The more so since you have to pay the same amount of pickers, who had to go through each parcel several times in 2017 due to an uneven ripeness. We couldn't pick everything together and had to pick very carefully," Donnhoff remembers. "However, there is a big advantage, since the remaining grapes get everything that the vine and its roots are delivering. ... There was not much botrytis, which was fine anyway: Wine lovers ask us for dry wines more than for sweet wines today. ... However, the average yield was 30% to 35% less, so we couldn't supply all our clients. Some markets even didn't get anything."

    As often in nature, a small vintage is followed by a generous one, and this was the case in 2018. "Extreme rainfalls in May and June made it very clear already early in the year that 2018 would be a vintage where we would need all our vats or even more," says Donnhoff. "Even during the very warm and dry summer especially, the old vines didn't show any hints of drought stress. Wherever we had a look, all our grapes were just marvelous, no matter in which vineyard. And the yield was even higher than we expected. The harvest weather was also beautiful, and all the grapes were in perfect condition, as if they were painted. Cornelius did great canopy management," Donnhoff senior praises his son. All in all, "2018 is a very, very good vintage. We got the same concentration and intensity like 2017, but in 2018, this is based on super clear and healthy grapes, whereas the density and structure of the 2017s was due to the heavy reduction during spring frost." However, both vintages are not characterized by botrytis and are marked by their amazing clarity, and I couldn't say which of the two fazes me more. Perhaps in 2018, the Spatlesen are a bit finer and clearer than in 2017, and without any doubt, the 2018 Hermannshohle Spatlese is the best buy this year from Cornelius and Helmut Donnhoff, whereas the 2018 Brucke Beerenauslese is the greatest wine, and the 2018 Hermannshohle GG is the finest dry Riesling—not only here but also in the entire Nahe valley. SR.
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  8. DONNHOFF RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS GG SCHLOSSBOCKELHEIMER FELSENBERG

    Item #: i_328022
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 97 POINTS This wine is endless with apples, peaches, pears, stone, cream and white flowers. It’s so steady and long. Goes on and on. Pristine. Joyous and captivating. Drink or hold. Stuart Pigott

    WINE ADVOCATE - 93+ POINTS Bottled in July, just two days before I tasted the 2018 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling trocken –GG– for the first time, the nose was ripe and generous but fine and flinty-mineral. Lush and salty-piquant, this is a full-bodied, rich and powerful yet vital Riesling with lots of body but also tension, purity and grip. Tasted again in August 2019.

    Before we go into Donnhoff's 2017s and 2018s, let me report about a record the estate made at the auction in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in late September. The one and only magnum of the 2015 Hermannshohle Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Freitag—a wine that I scored 100 points three years ago—came under the hammer and fetched 22,491 euros (incl. fees and taxes). The one and only Dade Thieriot from Dee Vine Wines in California was the last man standing. He bought the wine not for a collector and not even for himself but for his four-year-old daughter who likes Riesling—"sweet Rieslings in particular," as Dade told me a few days later. So, huge congratulations to Marie-Katharina for what Helmut Donnhoff calls "a monument of German Riesling culture" and "possibly the finest wine we have ever produced at our estate." Four bottles of the standard size were auctioned for a total of 13,744.5 euros and 16 of the 375-milliliter bottles fetched a sum of 20,391.84 euros.
    So now, are there any other wines on the horizon to beat that one day? You never know, but I'd guess rather not. However, again there are marvelous wines to buy from Donnhoff from both vintages, 2018 and 2017.
    2017 was deeply marked by frost in April that hit the plants terribly after the early budbreak. "We are located in a narrow valley and always threatened by spring frost," says Helmut Dönnhoff, who tasted both vintages with me on an extremely hot summer day in July this year (2019). "We already thought the 2017 vintage would completely fail." Torches rescued the famous Brücke vineyard where Dönnhoff produces (in certain years) perhaps Germany's finest Eiswein, but other vineyards suffered a lot. "The summer was very nice and helpful for the plants, but in the end, we had losses between 25% and 50% compared to a normal year, especially in our lesser plots that we pick for our estate wine. The crus were less hit, though." Dönnhoff, who celebrated his 70th birthday a day after the now famous auction, has enough experience with difficult vintages and heavy losses. "You have to work hard the whole year, but you don't gain that much in the end. The more so since you have to pay the same amount of pickers, who had to go through each parcel several times in 2017 due to an uneven ripeness. We couldn't pick everything together and had to pick very carefully," Donnhoff remembers. "However, there is a big advantage, since the remaining grapes get everything that the vine and its roots are delivering. ... There was not much botrytis, which was fine anyway: Wine lovers ask us for dry wines more than for sweet wines today. ... However, the average yield was 30% to 35% less, so we couldn't supply all our clients. Some markets even didn't get anything." As often in nature, a small vintage is followed by a generous one, and this was the case in 2018. "Extreme rainfalls in May and June made it very clear already early in the year that 2018 would be a vintage where we would need all our vats or even more," says Donnhoff. "Even during the very warm and dry summer especially, the old vines didn't show any hints of drought stress. Wherever we had a look, all our grapes were just marvelous, no matter in which vineyard. And the yield was even higher than we expected. The harvest weather was also beautiful, and all the grapes were in perfect condition, as if they were painted. Cornelius did great canopy management," Donnhoff senior praises his son. All in all, "2018 is a very, very good vintage. We got the same concentration and intensity like 2017, but in 2018, this is based on super clear and healthy grapes, whereas the density and structure of the 2017s was due to the heavy reduction during spring frost." However, both vintages are not characterized by botrytis and are marked by their amazing clarity, and I couldn't say which of the two fazes me more. Perhaps in 2018, the Spatlesen are a bit finer and clearer than in 2017, and without any doubt, the 2018 Hermannshohle Spätlese is the best buy this year from Cornelius and Helmut Dönnhoff, whereas the 2018 Brücke Beerenauslese is the greatest wine, and the 2018 Hermannshohle GG is the finest dry Riesling—not only here but also in the entire Nahe valley.
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  9. DR LOOSEN 2018 RIESLING BLUE SLATE KABINETT

    Item #: i_322600
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Classic Mosel Rieslling. Loosen's generic Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate smells of mint, lime, narcissus, and ripe honeydew melon, which follow on a luscious, surprisingly softly-textured, yet refreshing palate. This is certainly delicate, yet its sweetness is impeccably-balanced.
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  10. EGON MULLER 2018 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER KABINETT A.P. #2

    Item #: i_311091
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS The 2018 Scharzhofberger Kabinett is brilliant, clear and coolish on the nose, with cold, wet and clayey yet also crunchy slate aromas and bright fruit. Lush and precise, with lingering salinity and mineral expression, this is a complex and structured Scharzhofberger Kabinett with great aging potential. Tasted in June 2019. Stephan Reinhardt.

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 91-92 POINTS There are only two Kabinetten from the Scharzhofberg this year, with an old vine bottling also produced. The “regular” Kabinett (this sobriquet seems rather inappropriate when discussing an Egon Müller wine!) is 9.5 percent in alcohol, carries around fifty grams per liter of residual sugar and has acids of 8.5 grams and very low pH this year. The wine is young and very promising, offering up scents of apple, lime, petrol, slate, wild yeasts and an exotic touch of violet in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and fairly powerful in personality, with excellent depth and focus, excellent mineral drive and simply superb grip on the long and very well-balanced finish. As this was just bottled, my score may even be a touch conservative.
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    $132.99
  11. ENDERLE & MOLL 2018 SPATBURGUNDER PINOT NOIR ROSE NATURAL BIODYNAMIC

    Item #: i_318015
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC. 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.
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  12. KELLER 2018 RIESLING "RR"

    Item #: i_372096
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "RR" refers to Riesling from red soils – a half-hectare parcel within Kirchspiel that gives fruit that is a little more spicy the fruit that goes into Von der Fels. RS 11 g/l.

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  13. MERKELBACH 2018 RIESLING SPATLESE #2 KINHEIMER ROSENBERG

    Item #: i_318013
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 92 POINTS Silky and vibrant, with prominent mineral details and lively, well-integrated acidity. Firmly structured, but shows plenty of apple and lime flavors, while light creamy notes linger in the background. Not overly sweet and very harmonious, but should show even more in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2034. 124 cases imported.
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  14. MONCHHOF 2018 RIESLING AUSLESE ERDENER PRALAT

    Item #: i_320485
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    was $39.98 Special Price $29.95
  15. PETER LAUER 2018 RIESLING AYLER KUPP STIRN FEINHERB FASS #15

    Item #: i_362375
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93-94 POINTS 2018 Stirn Riesling “Fass 15”- Weingut Peter Lauer The Stirn parcel in the Kupp vineyard lies at the very summit of that grand cru vineyard and is very stony and windy. The 2018 version was still in cask, but was showing excellent potential. The bouquet offers up a mix of lemon, tart orange, smoky overtones, salty minerality, dried flowers and orange zest. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and nicely filigreed, with really lovely fruit tones, bright acids and plenty of mineral tug on the long and complex finish. This is going to be very, very good. 2023-2060. 93-94

    WINE ADVOCATE - 92+ POINTS From 60-year-old vines on a very poor and windy terroir on top of the original Kupp, the 2018 Ayler Kupp Stirn Fass 15 is intense and concentrated yet flinty-mineral and citric on the very pure and slate-driven nose. The palate, however, is lush and intense, salty and citric on the slightly austere, very mineral and crunchy finish. The 2018 Stirn has stunning acidity and should be cellared for a couple of years. Tasted from AP #15/19 in June 2019. Stephan Reinhardt.

    Except for having problems with a speedy fermentation, Florian Lauer is pleasantly surprised with the 2018 vintage. "Plenty of grapes but a lot of crap," he thought initially. "But then everything developed so well. I have never been taken in by a vintage such as 2018, which in fact is a seriously good vintage."

    Lauer was concerned about the drought in the vineyards, which was visible, especially in the plots with younger vines, where the leaves were already colored yellow in summer. "We didn't pick the youngest vines, and we often reduced the yield dramatically to rescue suffering plants. Although I always wonder if this is meaningful, it paid off, at least we had new shoots this year..."

    The harvest didn't start earlier than September 15 since Lauer wanted to avoid any greenish flavors in his wines. In the cellar, everything went perfectly well. The dry wines, though, had problems to ferment speedily to more than just 10% alcohol. "We don't know the reasons yet, but possibly the musts were too clear, too healthy last year. At least we had less trub than usual and, thus, less nutrients for the yeasts to do their job, who knows?"

    Regarding the style of the 2018s, Lauer said it was "difficult to harvest proper Kabinett wines" since the must weights were "virtually always" at least at 90° to 92° Oechsle." In the rows trained in the Lyra system, the must weights were already at a spectacular 100° Oechsle in early September. However, Lauer managed to produce two Kabinett wines, three Spätlesen plus four Spätlesen for the auction, five Auslesen and, thanks to good botrytis, possibly one Beerenauslese and no less than five Trockenbeerenauslesen, which were still in the making in early summer this year when I visited the domain. "We have a lot of sweet wines this year because the alarm bells rang when we measured 100° Oechsle that early. We quickly recruited our harvest team and started picking step by step. Due to this situation, I decided to fraction the pressing according to the sought wine style. Sweet wines such as Spätlese and higher predicates were exclusively made from the free-run must from golden, slightly over-matured grapes. Those musts had a weight of 107° Oechsle—far too much for dry Riesling. Kabinett and off-dry Rieslings were made from the middle part of the pressing with which we yielded only 60% to 65% of the potential juice. The last fraction of the pressing, with must weights around 93° to 95° Oechsle, was used for the dry wines." This results in remarkably delicate sweet and off-dry wines without phenol structure. Since the pressing did not exceed 0.7 bar, the pH levels remained low, and the wines taste wonderfully fresh even though they have body and concentration.

    Lauer's 2018 portfolio is of outstanding quality and already includes many highlights today before the collection has been completed with the highest predicates. However, Lauer fans will detect two 2018 Auslesen that haven't been produced before—Petit Ayl and Grand Ayl. Both wines are based on overripe and/or botrytis grapes that were picked at about 102° to 103° Oechsle and have been made only in that very special year and won't be produced again.

    Lauer tried to compare 2018 with other vintages but didn't find a suitable one. "The grapes looked as ripe and healthy as in 2011, and they were as excellent in quality but tasted very different, also different compared to 2003. The 1976 were similar too but far ore mild than the 2018s..."

    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93-94 POINTS The Stirn parcel in the Kupp vineyard lies at the very summit of that grand cru vineyard and is very stony and windy. The 2018 version was still in cask, but was showing excellent potential. The bouquet offers up a mix of lemon, tart orange, smoky overtones, salty minerality, dried flowers and orange zest. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and nicely filigreed, with really lovely fruit tones, bright acids and plenty of mineral tug on the long and complex finish. This is going to be very, very good. 2023-2060. 93-94.
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  16. PETER LAUER 2018 RIESLING KABINETT AYLER KUPP FASS 8

    Item #: i_362378
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94 POINTS The 2018 Fass 8 Kabinett from the Kupp is a beautiful example of this Pradikat level. The wine comes in at 7.5 percent alcohol and carries sixty-eight grams of sugar, but these are countered by truly exceptional acids of 10 grams this year. The bouquet is pure and nicely “cool fruit” in its composition, offering up a lovely blend of lemon, grapefruit, salty slate minerality, white flowers and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, filigreed and light on its feet, with lovely intensity of flavor, great purity and focus, zesty acids and a long, dancing and complex finish. There will also be an Auction Kabinett from the Kupp this year, which will be marked as Fass 5, but which I did not sample. However, the Fass 8 is a beautiful bottle of Kabinett. 2019-2060. 94.
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  17. SCHEUERMANN 2018 RIESLING TROCKEN (DRY) NATURAL WINE, CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

    Item #: i_324089
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Scheuermann Riesling Trocken is a white natural wine made from 100% Certified Biodynamic Riesling grapes grown in the Rheinhessen-Pfalz region of Germany. Riesling on sandstone and loess from different parcels aged 10-30 years old. Six months sur lie in stainless steel.
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  18. ULLI STEIN 2108 RIESLING ALFER HOLLE "1900"

    Item #: i_318006
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vines planted in 1900. Some of the oldest in the Mosel.

    Importer notes: This is, more than anything else, a love story.

    An unlikely and unbelievable love story between a winemaker, Ulrich “Ulli” Stein, and a tiny vineyard planted 120 years ago.

    I have walked this vineyard with Ulli many times, early in the morning, later in the evening. I have seen him on more than one occasion talking to the vines.

    Some are so old, that all they can muster after the cycle of a year is one miniature version of a grape bunch, the whole cluster no more than a few inches tall, the individual grapes the size of the tip of your pinkie.

    Ulli will say to the vine: “Thank you old friend, for your work… now you rest.”

    Every single vine has a name.

    In an unknown and overlooked village in the Mosel, just down the hill from Ulli’s 19th Century hotel/bohemian mecca, a tiny vineyard of just over 1,000 vines produces, what is to my palate (and a growing number of very serious wine dorks) one of the most astounding wines of the Mosel.

    This vineyard is, as far as anyone can tell, the second-oldest producing Riesling vineyard in the Mosel, originally planted in the year 1900.

    The wine is really nothing less than a testament to what really old vines can do. It is one of the most dazzling Rieslings I’ve ever had; an uncanny combination of ripe, deep, layered, fleshy exoticism (especially in 2018) with a glossy, glycerin-rich, yet also clear and crystalline acidity.

    Honestly, it doesn’t make any sense, but then again I suppose that is what transcendent wines do.

    As we all know, 2018 was a generous vintage. So we asked early for the largest parcel we could have, and well, we think we have enough for an offer like this. In any event, the vineyard is too special, the story too crazy, the wine too good to not talk about it.

    The short story is, if you are at all serious about Riesling, then just buy some of this.

    The wine does not have a Pradikat; Ulli picks the grapes when he thinks they are ripe, and he lets them ferment as they will. For 2018, it certainly has the power of a Spatlese, yet it is only just off-dry, a feinherb with about 20 grams of RS per liter.

    Whereas Ulli seeks a rigor and a mineral clarity that leans sometimes, shall we say, to the racier side of the spectrum (to the thrill of the acid-hounds), with the “1900” there is more freedom given to the wine. It is a more luxurious, layered, saturating wine.

    The wine ferments in neutral barrel; it is allowed to find its own balance. Thus, in any given year, the wine may be dry or off-dry, though most tend to show a delicate kiss of residual sugar. Through eight vintages, 2018 is far and away the roundest and most plush; yet, interestingly, there is still a profound freshness.

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  19. WEINGUT KELLER VON DER FELS 2018 RIESLING TROCKEN DRY

    Item #: i_372011
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93 POINTS The 2018 von der Fels Riesling Trocken is magnificent this year and is probably the very finest bargain in the universe of dry Rieslings in all of Germany in this vintage! The wine offers up a beautifully pure and vibrant bouquet of pink grapefruit, tart orange, chalky minerality, dried flowers, citrus peel, a dollop of wild yeasts and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, precise and impressive tensile for the vintage, with a great core, superb elegance and focus, outstanding backend mineral drive and a very long, very pure and complex finish. Great juice. 2023-2060+. 93.

    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92+ POINTS The 2018er Riesling Trocken von der Fels comes only from Grand Cru sites, essentially from the Westhofener Kirchspiel and was fermented down to bone-dry levels (below 3 g/l of residual sugar). It is still very on the primary side on the nose, where residual scents from the spontaneous fermentation only gradually give way to almond cream, yellow peach, cassis, pear and spices. It proves nicely juicy and fruity on the palate, yet leaves a racy and vibrating feel in the bone-dry finish. A touch of tartness emerges in the after-taste which still needs to mellow away, something which will happen in a decade or so. It could then easily exceed our high expectations. 2028-2038+ 92+ points
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  20. WILLI SCHAEFER 2018 RIESLING AUSLESE GRAACHER DOMPROBST #11

    Item #: i_322278
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 95 POINTS According to Christophe Schaefer, the 2018 Domprobst Auslese AP #11 has just a tiny touch of botrytis in it, as it has almost exclusively been produced from golden berries. The wine is truly stunning on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet soaring from the glass in a blaze of pear, yellow plum, fresh pineapple, a gorgeous base of slate, citrus blossoms, bee pollen and lilacs. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and zesty, with a lovely core, great backend mineral drive and outstanding complexity and grip on the vibrant, snappy and electric finish. This is just beautiful Auslese! 2026-2085+. 95.
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  21. WILLI SCHAEFER 2018 RIESLING GRAACHER DOMPROBST KABINETT

    Item #: i_324096
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93 POINTS
    The 2018 Kabinett from the Domprobst is an absolute classic in the making. As is customary with wines from this great terroir, this is more reserved in profile than the Himmelreich Kabinett, but it is going to have a long and beautiful life ahead of it. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of pear, tangerine, a salty base of slate, citrus peel, gentle smokiness and a whisper of wild yeasts in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full, crisp and complex, with lovely transparency and grip, fien acids and a long, vibrant and filigreed finish. First class Kabinett. 2025-2065. 93.

    WINE ADVOCATE - 90+ POINTS
    The 2018 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett has a very clear nose with delicate, spring-like aromas of herbs and slate and ripe, elegant fruit. The palate is clear, lush and filigreed and shows a juicy but lithe, bright and very fresh picture-book Kabinett with lingering salinity and ripe, well integrated acidity. Very aromatic aftertaste. Tasted in June 2019.
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  22. WILLI SCHAEFER 2018 RIESLING GRAACHER HIMMELREICH SPATLESE

    Item #: i_328008
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 93
    James Suckling: 93
    JOHN GILMAN 93 POINTS - "The Himmelreich has produced a beautiful Spätlese as well in 2018, and this is destined to be a long-lived and superb bottle. The complex nose is vibrant and refined, offering up scents of lime, pear, a nice touch of orange zest, bee pollen, elder flowers, lovely minerality and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and zesty, with lovely inner tension between its beautiful fruit tones and mineral undertow. The finish is long, focused and bouncy, with lovely lift, cut and grip."

    JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Quite smoky with flint and chalk that work rather well with the notes of dried citrus and spices. Medium dry with a deep serving of acidity and peach and stone flavors. Finely tuned and sleek. Drink in 2022."

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A luscious, velvety spätlese, featuring concentrated ripe apricot, orange marmalade and graham cracker notes, balanced by intense acidity, with hints of honey and sage cream on the finish. Very giving right now, and will only get better. Best from 2021 through 2036."
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  23. WILLI SCHAEFER 2018 RIESLING SPATLESE GRAACHER DOMPROBST #10

    Item #: i_324092
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93+ POINTS The AP #10 Spatlese from the Domprobst vineyard is also superb in 2018. The bouquet is bright and beautifully expressive for a young Domprobst, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, apple, violets, bee pollen, a lovely base of slate and a gentle topnote of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is fullish and nicely succulent on the attack, with truly beautiful purity to the fruit, fine soil signature and a long, perfectly balanced and zesty. I love the backend slate-acid duality that defines the backend of this wine. This is a Domprobst Spätlese that will only need three or four years in the cellar to really start drinking with style and generosity. 2023-2075. 93+.
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  24. WILLI SCHAEFER 2018 RIESLING SPATLESE GRAACHER DOMPROBST #5

    Item #: i_308780
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 94+ POINTS The 2018 Domprobst Spatlese AP #5 is far more reserved out of the blocks than the AP #10 version, and this wine will demand some extended bottle age before it really starts to hit on all cylinders. However, the potential here is outstanding and all that is needed is some patience to outwait the inherent structural reserves of the Domprobst. The bouquet is a fine mix of pear, apple, salty slate minerality, bee pollen, petrol and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very, very precise, with superb cut, a great core and a veritable slate bath of minerality on the long, tightly-knit and focused finish. This is going to be stellar. 2028-2075+. 94+.

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