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Weiser-Künstler 2012s: In stock now and more coming!

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We keep beating the drum for this tiny Mosel estate, and we’re particularly thrilled to offer the 2012s. Given the small size of the estate and the high quality of the wines, the demand for W-K is rising to Willi Schaefer-like proportions and for good reason. Fortunately for us—and you—the word still isn't out about W-K, and the estate's growing reputation hasn't yet caught up to where it deserves to be. The Schaefer comparison is also apt in other ways: Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler are showing that they are able to craft classic Mosel wines with as much delicacy, intricacy and mineral-laden detail as the legendary family estate in Graach. We love the diversity of styles that is thriving today in the Mosel, but the mid-century, delicately sweet tradition that Schaefer excels at is a special one, and it's going to be carried on in the best of hands.

What makes the quality of the wines so high? First, their meticulous attention to detail; everything in the vineyard is done by hand, and unlike most German estates, they use no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. They're always working in the vines, as caring for steep sites like these without relying on chemicals is more than a full time job. Second, the Ellergrub is a very special site, as these bottlings—as well as those of Gernot Kollmann at Immich-Batterieberg—have proven. In addition to the site's great southwest exposure and all broken blue-slate terroir, there's been no Flurbereinigung (vineyard restructuring in which old, ungrafted vines are ripped up and craggy, characterful hillsides are flattened), so the vines are all old and ungrafted, bringing beautiful density and complexity to the base material with which they are working.

Some of the wines are already here, including the 2012 Ellergrub Kabinett and the 2012 Gaispfad Feinherb. The delicious Gaispfad Kabinett Trocken will be here soon (feel free to ask to reserve some), and the Spätlese and TBA will arrive in the fall. -jfr

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Weiser-Künstler 2012 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Kabinett

Why bring up Schaefer so much in the introduction of our Weiser-Künstler offer? Primarily because Schaefer's 2012 Kabinetts are sold out and this is where you need to go to get your fix of delicate, flavorful Mosel Kabinett if you missed out on theirs. Spontaneously fermented in a mixture of steel and wood, the 2012 Ellergrub Kabinett has very pretty, pure and elegant aromas, with a slight sponti note. The nose is chiseled and restrained, typical of the vintage but with more of a berry note and a hint of grapefruit. The sweetness is well-balanced here and they say it's one of the dryest, most drinkable Kabinetts they've ever made. High acid, mineralic, cool-toned and exceedingly well-balanced, we think it's absolutely beautiful. -jfr

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Weiser-Künstler 2012 Gaispfad Riesling Spätlese Feinherb

At 11.5 g/l residual sugar and with high 2012 acidity, this could easily pass itself off as a dry Mosel Riesling. This is fermented and raised completely in wood, mostly in fuder but also in some small, old barriques. It's a delicate, chiseled, magnificently elegant Feinherb, with notes of soft gren herbs, apples, mirabelle plum, cucumber and melon. The palate is less cool and green, with more yellow-toned fruits, perhaps even a hint of meyer lemon and tangerine. It's very long, a bit sponti, and quite delicious. This fresh, light, and dryish style (at only 11.5% alcohol) can't be produced anywhere else in the world except the Mosel, and is another perfect example of one of the many styles the Mosel is capable of, all while retaining beautiful lightness in body and a low level of alcohol. -jfr

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Weiser-Künstler 2013 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Spätlese

High-toned, shimmering, and deftly balanced with pristine sugars. Refreshing and racy, with about 55 g/l of RS. This is the richest, densest wine in the 2013 lineup, but still has all the purity and transparency found in the other offerings. Jonathan Kemp

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Weiser-Künstler 2011 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling TBA 375ml

PRE-ARRIVAL — arrives in Fall 2013. 2011 turned out to be a banner year for nobly sweet wines in Germany; must weights were some of the highest ever recorded and these wines are in many ways freaks of nature.  I would have loved to have tried this on my Spring 2012 visit to the Mosel but it was nowhere near finished fermenting and a sample wasn't ready to try until this past spring. This TBA is an absolute marvel to behold; don't be intimidated, but the wine has a whopping 380 grams/liter residual sugar, or roughly 8-12 times what you'd expect to find in a Kabinett. A thimble-full at a time will do, but that's just fine since you can keep it open pretty much indefinitely. The color is a dark amber gold and the nose shows obvious botrytis influence, but it's still very elegant and very pure. The palate is actually quite focused and streamlined, and that stunningly high level of sugar tastes perfectly in balance by unreal levels of acid. No need to delve into the panoply of bewildering flavor descriptors, but there is a distinct and notable sense of marzipan and grains, along with the expected dried, candied fruit tones and intense sweetness. This is one to savor now if you must, but also one to hold onto for at least the next 60 years. Buy this for any 2011 babies to enjoy at their retirement dinner. -jfr

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