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Germany/Austria Tasting Parade!

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Our German and Austrian departments have been brimming with activity as of late and we want to draw your attention to a number of exciting upcoming tastings, all featuring visiting winemakers. Please come join us in welcoming these talented winemakers, all of whom offer different takes on distinct and indigenous styles.

Dominik Sona from Koehler-Ruprecht
Tomorrow (Saturday) April 13th, 4-7pm

Dominik is the chosen heir to the sternly individual Bernd Philippi at Koehler-Ruprecht, our favorite iconoclastic Pfalz estate. Dominik is a rising star in Germany and he's using his considerable smarts and winemaking skills to ensure that nothing is changed at this hyper-traditional estate. He's a charming guy who speaks excellent English, so come pick his brain about these fascinating wines and taste away.


Nikki Saahs from Nikolaihof
Saturday April 20th, 4-7pm
(NOT April 30th, as previously listed)
We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Nikki. The wines are terrific; they vines have never seen a chemical and they're near and dear to all of our hearts. This will be a really special tasting, as we'll be opening some 1995 Riesling Vinhotek as well as some 2010 Neuberger.


Lotte Pfeffer-Müller from Brüder Dr. Becker
Tuesday April 23rd, 5-7pm

There's more to Germany than Riesling! (It's true, we are often some of the worst offenders in this regard). Come taste Scheurebe and Grüner Silvaner from this Demeter and Ecovin certified estate, one of our favorites for easy drinking, fresh and bright wines with tons of personality and zip. Lotte can offer insights into the dicey and difficult world of Biodynamic farming in Germany.

Ranier Christ and Stefan Hajszan
Friday May 3rd, 5-7pm

Ranier and Stefan will be coming all the way from Vienna to pour and talk about Gemischter Satz (Vienna's local treasure), and some of their other terrific Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Viennese viticulture is a fascinating subject, so come chat with these talented growers about their wines.
 

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2010 Pfalz Pinot Blanc Kabinett Trocken

Pinot Blanc! Weissburgunder! Whatever you want to call it (or the label may read), this is made in the classic K-R style. Linear, mineral, easy going and fresh, all with the savory undercurrent you'd hope for. This has plenty of acid to keep the grape's softer tendencies in check and it's simply a delightful wine that we can't seem to stop drinking. -jfr

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2010 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Although Koehler-Ruprecht is widely regarded for their magnificent dry wines, this gently fruity and off-dry Kabinett is a winner. More citrus-driven than you'd typically except from the normally exotic Pfalz, this is a perfect quaffer for anyone looking for something that's just a bit off-dry. Sweet lemons, honeysuckle and fresh green mint. -jfr

 

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2012 Pfalz Kallstadter Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken

Quite delicious. Dark, sappy, rich, and textured with some power lurking behind the beauty. Bracing acidity and intensity complement the residual sugar. Though no longer on the label, this is still sourced from the sandy, pebble-laden Steinacker vineyard. Jonathan Kemp

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2008 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Ries Spätlese Trocken 'R'

Really, really beautiful aromatics here — freshness, bright citrus, tons of crushed shells and limestone notes. Chewy, rich depth, and really a lot of acid here. The palate is all shells, crisp apples and clementines. Expect to see some variant of "shells" or "seashells" in just about all of these tasting notes; the limestone-based Saumagen vineyard imprints itself indelibly on every one of these wines and can be relied upon to shine through regardless of variations in extract, weight and fruit character brought on by vintage and selection.   -jfr

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Brüder Dr. Becker 2011 Rheinhessen Scheurebe Kabinett

We haven't stocked a Scheurebe in a really long time but this one took us by such surprise that we just couldn't say no. Great Kabinett-level weight, with sunny red and yellow fruit tones. It's off-dry, it's organic, and it tastes like summer in the bottle. More exotic than Riesling from the Rheinhessen, and in some ways, much more fun. -jfr

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Brüder Dr. Becker 2011 Rheinhessen Grüner Silvaner Trocken

Certified Organic Silvaner from the Rheinhessen's best producer for great-value wines that are soaked in minerals. The fruit tends toward the peach and lemon end of the spectrum but both flavor-wise and texturally it's quite distinct from the region's Rieslings that we know and love. Crisp and clean but broad and savory on the palate, this has great acidity without being as stern and steely as its cousins from Franconia. -jfr

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Nikolaihof 2010 Wachau Neuburger

Neuberger is every wine geek's favorite lesser-known indigenous Austrian variety, so when I found out the Saahs would be pouring theirs for the first time in New York at a recent tasting I almost jumped out of my seat. It surpassed my expectations with all that wonderful 2010 acid but also a whole host of different citrus fruits and lovely aromatic spice. Unique and compelling, and a great gift for any wine-lover looking for something off the beaten path. -jfr

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Nikolaihof 2011 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug

This great entry-level bottling from the biodynamic Nikolaihof estate is seemingly alive in the glass and evolves quite a bit over the course of a few hours. At first dry, citrus-y and salty, not unlike a Muscadet but with more of a snow-pea/mineral water character. This really opens up with time and the aroma starts to become even more intensely mineral — salt and iodine with vivid, lush notes of peach, lime and rock salt on the finish. This explodes after sufficient time in the glass and the recently released 2004 proved to all of us that even simple wines such as this can develop brilliantly under screwcap. -jfr

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Nikolaihof 1995 Wachau Riesling Vinothek

Nikolaihof continues to stun with their Vinhotek program. This is a 1995 Riesling Vom Stein Smaragd that spent 17 years in cask prior to bottling in April, 2012. Incredibly contemplative, ethereal, stately and reserved all at once. Decant, watch it unfold, and be fascinated. -jfr

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Christ 2011 Wien Gemischter Satz

Gemischter Satz is back! The classic white blend of all the best wine taverns (heurigen) in Vienna is here and ready for spring and summer enjoyment. Christ's is an "everything but the kitchen sink" blend including classics like Riesling, Grüner Veltliner and Weissburgunder but also the less expected Gelber Muskateller, Welschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc and even Chardonnay. The wine is pure refreshment with mild aromas of both pale melon and a hint of celery seed. Crisp and zippy on the palate, this tastes like pure sun with light flavors of citrus, peach and pear. Rainer Christ harvests the grapes "en masse" and co-ferments all the varieties in stainless steel to create and perfect summer white that will blow away any pinot grigio. -jfr

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Hajszan 2010 Wien Grüner Veltliner Nussberg

2010 is one of the best vintages for GV we've encountered in some time. This wine is delightfully fresh, well-balanced and a text-book example of bright, penetrating Grüner from within the city limits of Vienna. Hajszan farms biodynamically and hit it out of the park in this high-acid vintage. -jfr

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Hajszan 2007 Kremstal Riesling Pfaffenberg

Wow! This Riesling is just starting to show secondary character and is a great value for the money. Although Hajszan is in Vienna, these grapes are grown in the famous Pfaffenberg vineyard that abuts the Wachau. Like an excellent Smaragd Riesling, this one is drinking well now but will age quite well and surely benefit from a decant. -jfr

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