Rieslingfeier 2013 - with Lauer, Zilliken and more!

Share

New York is getting ready to host a first-of-its kind event to celebrate German Riesling, one of the world's most terroir-expressive and long-lived white wines. Rieslingfeier, loosely in the tradition of La Paulée de New York, will take place February 15th and 16th. Growers from six of Germany's most beloved estates will be in town for a number of exciting dinners, seminars and a staggered 'tasting crawl' covering four Manhattan retail shops. We're honored to be participating and will proudly host Florian Lauer and Dorothee Zilliken on Saturday the 16th from 4-6pm for an exploration of the wines of the Saar (open to the public, free of charge). After the tasting they'll be heading uptown to Rouge Tomate for the main event, the "Grand BYOB" dinner with the growers and the largest gathering of Riesling lovers this country has ever seen.

While not officially part of the festivities, we'll be extending the "Saar" theme of the weekend for another tasting on Friday the 15th from 5-7pm. Lars Carlberg will be in town for the events and will visit the store to pour the wines of Hofgut Falkenstein. Come on down to taste or pick the brain of one of today's foremost scholars on Mosel wine. We're hoping to have a special guest as well, someone intimitely familiar with the wines of Erich Weber who might bring along some back vintages. Our fingers are crossed!

Rieslingfeier is not to be missed and we encourage you to attend as many events as you can. See below for current releases from some the attending producers, including Lauer, ZIlliken, Adam, and Schloss Lieser.

No Longer Available

Lauer, Peter 2011 Saar Riesling Barrel X

Everything you want from Barrel X, which continues to be such a great value: white flowers, grapefruit and lemon lime notes, along with bright green apple flavors and a strong, slate-driven follow through on the finish. This feinherb style wine finishes fairly dry, though it has roughly 25 g/l residual sugar. From a mixture of old and young vines, both in the Scheidterberg slope just to the west of Ayl and other nearby Saar vineyards. All slate, of course. Quintessential Lauer, and classic Saar. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

Lauer, Peter 2011 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 'Senior'

The 2011 Senior is just barely off-dry, and is marked as such by Florian Lauer with his 'TF" symobl, representing "Trocken bis Feinherb," which roughly translates to dry, heading slightly to off-dry. It comes from mostly old vines to the west of the "Alte Neuenberg" section of the Ayler Kupp. It's made in a much more approachable, friendlier style than the 2010 and is really drinking well right now. Normal Saar-citrus tones are enhanced with cool, blue-slate mineral tones and fiery, red cassis notes as well. Wonderfully balanced, very focused and finishes dry with a sense of bright, round, juicy fruit. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • $25.99

Lauer, Peter 2011 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 12 'Unterstenbersch'

Unterstenbersch (or Unterstenberg) is a 50-60 year old vine parcel at the foot of the Ayler Kupp slope. It's dry, but beautifully long with a shimmering sense of minerality. This is one of the best dry wines I had on my trip to Germany in May. Creamy, deft, very fresh, poised and elegant. Everything is in the right place. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $38.99

Lauer, Peter 2011 Saar Riesling Fass 11 'Schonfels'

Schonfels! It's the stony site that is so steep that our friend Lars nearly went tumbling down into the Saar on a recent visit. The site that has vines so old that the charming Florian Lauer isn't sure it makes sense to continue working the parcel, they produce so little wine for the amount of work it takes. The site that produces the most sought-after dry wine produced on the Saar. We have just a few cases, and it's just about as finessed, long and pure as anything I could imagine. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

Zilliken 2011 Saar Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese

Very complex aromatics and flavors, a super-persistent finish and much more mineral and dark-toned than either the Rausch or Bockstein Kabinett. This is another excellent Spätlese from Hanno Zilliken, on par with the superlative 2010 and (miraculously) much less expensive! -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white medium-sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

Zilliken 2011 Saar Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett

Bockstein is composed of hard rocky-slate, not thin-plated and soft like the Rausch, along with some bits of quartzite and yellow loam. The wines from here are generally more open than Rausch and this bright Kabinett has fresh minty tones and attractive green and yellow fruit aromas. On the palate it's fresh, light and filigreed. Lovely Saar Kabinett from one of the region's masters. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white medium-sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Adam, A.J. 2011 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Spätlese

The Spätlese comes from various parcels in the Hofberg including some vines planted in 1953. Similar aromatics to the Kabinett but it's riper, richer and insanely long. The finish just erupts. To mix metaphors, it comes on like a tidal wive. Tremendous acid that's in balance with intense sweetness, with classic Adam citrus/apple tones and a distinctly mineral texture on the finish. One to age for years and years or enjoy now. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $42.99

Adam, A.J. 2011 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Kabinett

Given the warm temperatures and high ripeness levels of 2011, Andreas Adam found it pretty difficult to harvest a Kabinett in 2011. He ended up harvesting early a parcel normally reserved for Eiswein and including it in the blend to help provide acid. While the wine is aromatically colorful with citrus, berry and tropical fruit tones, it's more lithe than the compact 2010, also fresher and juicier. 80% fermented in steel, 20% in barrel, and the part from barrel adds just a touch of round character to the wine. The main thing to emphasize here is the sense of freshness and lightness, a really impressive feat in 2011. Just 8.5% alcohol, as well. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $25.99

Adam, A.J. 2011 Mosel Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Feinherb

The Hofberg Feinherb is one of the most remarkable wines in Adam's 2011 lineup, fermented entirely in fuder and from a parcel of 60-year old vines. In cooler years he would have macerated the grapes on the skins for a while to regulate acidity and add texture to the wine but chose not to in 2011 for fear of loosing acid. The resulting wine has 30 g/l residual sugar and 8 g/l acid. It's light, expressive, filigree, delicate and really beatifully balanced. It's a terrific example of a light, chiseled, off-dry wine, the kind that can only be made on the Mosel. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Adam, A.J. 2011 Mosel Dhroner Riesling

The 2011 basic Dhroner Riesling is essentially a "Feinherb," although Andreas chooses not to apply the designation on this bottling, saving it for his higher quality single vineyard bottlings. Fermented 50% in barrel and 50% in steel, there's a great Adam nose with classic cool toned apple, mineral notes and just a bit of wispy smoke. Medium-bodied and barely off-dry, this wonderfully captures the essence of the vintages pure, exuberant fruit, but is still balanced and fresh. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • $31.99

Schloss Lieser 2011 Mosel Riesling Estate

This is one of the tastiest, most easy-going feinherbs of the vintage. Aromatically there's no way anyone could peg this as anything but Mosel: a little reductive, creamy, sponti aromas and hints of peach, plum and citrus. The wine itself is almost as light as mineral water and dangerously drinkable. Terrific acid, surprising mineral depth for a wine this low on the perceived quality pyramid and actually quite complex. The fruit here comes from the Niederberg Helden, the Lieser Schlossberg and the Graacher Himmelreich. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Schloss Lieser 2011 Mosel Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spätlese

The Niederberg Helden Spätlese is creamy but elegant, with very pure grapefruit and apple tones. Thomas Haag insists on using only spontaneous yeasts across the board, so while his wines sometimes have a bit of a sponti/reductive character to the aromas, we think this adds complexity and great interest. This wine provides great value, especially compared to the Juffer Sonnenuhr which people seem more willing to pay for because of the more famous vineyard name. Give it a try. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Out of Stock
  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • $28.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Krettnacher Altenberg Ries Spät Trocken

Dry Falkenstein at its best: mineral, briny, very leafy and green. This isn't as insanely biting as the 2010; refreshingly, it's a bit more approachable, but certainly not lacking for acid. This comes from the "Kuppe" part of the hill where there's more stony, blue slate. The gentle character of the fruit and the hint of white cherry reflects the vintage, but we still like it very much. Steely, focused, lemony and bracing. This is Falkenstein in a nutshell. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Ries Spät Feinherb

This year there were two bottlings from the Herrenberg and this comes from old vines near the top of the slope. It's absolutely delicious and one of those Rieslings that disappears altogether too quickly It's intensely mineral, and still shows the character of the vintage (ripe, juicy Riesling fruit) but there's firm acid and lean, white, stony notes. It's just barely off-dry, and perfectly balanced. One of the best Feinherbs of the vintage. -jfr

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Falkensteiner Hofberg Riesling Auslese

The Hofberg vineyard lies to the north and west of the estate and includes a tiny parcel of very old vines just southwest of the cellar. Red fruits on the nose (cherries, peaches, red apples), and classic Saar citrus notes permeate the finish. There's much higher acid here than in the 2011 Euchariusberg Auslese so we opted to sell this special bottling instead. Brilliant, brilliant acid, and intriguing herbal notes like salt and sage that cut through the sweetness. Don't get us wrong, though; in true Weber form, this Auslese still drinks like another grower's Spätlese or even a Kabinett. This is a light wine meant to go with food. I think I'll put my case aside for BYO Chinese food today... -jfr
 

  • Out of Stock
  • white medium-sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • $25.99