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This Saturday: Summer of Riesling 2012

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So far we’ve declared this to be the “Summer of Champagne” and the “Summer of Nusserhof”, (around here it’s always the “Summer of Muscadet”, even in November),  and Chris Barnes is making the case that it should also be the “Summer of Garnacha”, based on the great wines that just came in from Bodegas Marañones in Madrid. We’re quite happy to pay tribute and to participate in the original event, Paul Grieco’s “Summer of Riesling.” We’ll have a great selection of wines open this Saturday, July 21, from 4 to 7 pm, mostly from Germany but with a token Austrian wine as well. We’ll be joined by Gabriel Clary from Terry Theise Selections who will pour some of our favorite wines, including exciting stuff from Adam, Dönnhoff, Schaefer and Schmitt-Wagner.

Additionally, in honor of the unveiling of his new, encyclopedic guide to the Wines of the Mosel, http://www.larscarlberg.com/, we'll be opening some outstanding wines from Lars Carlberg Selections for you to enjoy. There may also be some fun surprises, so we look forward to seeing you on Saturday! -jfr

 

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Dönnhoff 2011 Nahe Riesling Estate

The 2010 vintage of this wine was good, but we think it may have suffered a bit from acid adjustments in the cellar. The 2011, however, is a return to form, and we couldn't be more happy. Across the board, the 2011 German vintage seems to be a thrilling one for drinking right out of the gate. Fresh orchard fruit, great balancing acidity, ever so slightly sweet and just delicious. -jfr

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  • white
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  • $21.99

Schaefer, Willi 2011 Mosel Estate Riesling

IN STOCK NOW The 2011 is one of the strongest Estate Rieslings from Schaefer we've tasted in quite some time. 2010 didn't even exist so we feel incredibly fortunate to have the wine in good quantity to share with you. Made from all estate fruit and in a classic, Mosel, fruity-off-dry style, the wine first commands attention with its bright, sunny aromatics. The fruit on the palate is plush and pretty, with pear, apple, citrus and cinnamon notes, followed by deep-toned minerals on the finish. This could really evolve over time, and has a refreshing ,complex character from the use of wild yeasts. -jfr

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  • $18.99

Schmitt-Wagner, Carl 2007 Mosel Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Ries Spatlese

This is the best of our current mini-vertical of Schmitt-Wagners Rieslings currently available. These all over-perform for their price point. old-school Mosel Riesling that drinks beautifully: fermented spontaneously, matured in old fuders, and made from very, very, old vines (planted on their own rootstock in the 1890s). These wines are no-brainers for lovers of characterful Mosel Riesling and it's a true shame there will be no more from the estate. -jfr

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  • white medium-sweet
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  • $19.99

Hirsch 2009 Kamptal Riesling Zöbing

Terrific entry-level village Riesling from Johannes Hirsch, coming from various old terraced vineyards throughout the town's immediate area. The nose has intriguing notes of apricot, lime pith and light petrol. The palate retains terrific acidity for the 2009 vintage and is focused, floral and deeply mineral. One of Hirsch's great feats is to produce wines that are both light in weight yet incredibly rich and detailed texturally. This layered Riesling is a terrific introduction to the great potential of the Kamptal. -jfr

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Adam, A.J. 2010 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Kabinett

A strikingly well-balanced (especially within the context of the vintage), almost, dare I say it, delicate Riesling. Distinctly floral, tending towards rose petals with gentle, shimmering citrus flavors. This is as tasty of a Kabinett as we can hope for, made, as always for Adam, with only indigenous yeasts, no spoofy cellar work and only organic fertilizers. -jfr

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  • $24.99

Schaefer, Karl 2010 Pfalz Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling Trocken

Gerümpel isn't your typical terroir for German Riesling, consisting of sand and clay with a very deep top soil. Fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks, the wine has crisp, fresh aromatics of minerals, sea spray, yellow apples and white flowers. 2010 acidity helps keep things remarkably focused and the yellow fruit flavors are long and deeply refreshing. Wonderfully balanced with plenty of fruit and extract to keep things from being austere. Great, light Riesling for spring and summer weather. -jfr

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Schaefer, Karl 2010 Pfalz Dürkheimer Spielberg Riesling

Spielberg is the better known of the two Mittelhaardt vineyards we've brought in from Jan Gross and his crew at Karl Schaefer. It's composed of chalky soil and is a northwest facing site which helps retain great acidity and freshness. The nose has bright stone fruit aromas, (peach, nectarine) and a bit of a salty, savory character. The riveting acidity keeps maintains focus and vibrancy on the palate, preventing things from going over the top into tropicality. The wine is just off-dry, in a feinherb style even though the label doesn't designate it as such. The mineral tones are distinct and long and the mild sweetness adds great texture, completing the package. -jfr

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  • white off-dry
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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2010 Saar Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Auslese

Auslese for less then $30? Well, Erich Weber is staunchly opposed to "prädikat-inflation," so his Auslese isn't going to be some kind of declassified TBA. This is certainly sweet, but not in a dessert sort of way; it's classic food Riesling, great with mildly sweet or spicy cuisine. Grown on blue slate and eminently drinkable, here the estate's signature bright citrus notes give way to riper apple and grapefruit flavors. Perfectly balanced and drinking exceptionally well now, though it has tremendous capacity to age. Needless to say, the wine's 50 g/l residual sugar are cut with riveting, bracing acidity. -jfr

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  • white medium-sweet
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  • $25.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2010 Saar Krettnacher Altenberg Ries Spät Trocken

The Spätlese Trocken from Altenberg is both essentially Weber's entry-level wine but also his signature bottling. It's certainly the wine of his stable that tastes the least like one's common perceptions of Mosel Riesling. The soil is composed of classic blue-gray slate, and the intense mineral tones in the wine are a rock-lover's dream. Aromatically it's minty, steely, herbal and has a distinct note of sea-spray. The wine actually reminds me more of a great Muscadet or a low-alcohol Fino Sherry than typical Saar. Wonderfully unique and compelling wine. AP #7 -jfr

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  • $18.99