Another Small but Very Interesting Group of Older Wines

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Some very cool stuff here, and at what we think are attractive prices. Have some fun! All wines guaranteed!

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Lauer, Peter 1991 Saar Riesling Brut Reserve

Florian Lauer and his importer keep blessing us with more and more bottles of recently-disgorged vintage Sekt and we're in love with the 1991. Like other releases, it still clearly tastes like Lauer and the Kupp but this strikes us as perhaps the most complex yet. Earthy, stony, mossy aromatics with a good dose of fruit on the palate; dried apricots, sponti flavors, really killer acid and of course, slate, slate, slate. Florian says it's fruitier than the '93; we say it's fantastic! -jfr

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Vereinigte Weingutsbesitzer 1971 Rheingau Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling Spätlese

The Weingutsbesitzer is a co-op in Hallgarten, a village high up on the Rheingau slope behind Hattenheim. The story goes that there are two co-ops here and this one, supposedly made up of landowners with more wealth and property than the other, became coloquially known as Die Engländer  -- The Englishmen -- and the quality has always been relatively high. Plus, it's from 1971, the most storied German vintage of the modern age. -jfr

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Staatsweinguter Kloster Eberbach 1975 Rheingau Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Kabinett

1975 is one of the most exciting vintages of the '70s and the prädikat wines without much botrytis are still showing beautifully and rather fresh. The Gräfenberg is mostly known through the work of Robert Weil, but everything we've had from the Staatsweingüter from back in this era has been on point. -jfr

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Schloss Reinhartshausen 1976 Rheingau Erbacher Siegelberg Ries Aus (low fill)

The low price reflects the low fill and signs of recent seepage. The color looks terrific, though, so it should be excellent.

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Strieth, Carl 1976 Rheingau Riesling Winkeler Hasensprung Spätlese(Low Fill)

The Hasensprung is one of the top sites in Winkel, and even though the fill is poor the color of the wine looks good so again we have high hopes.

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Schloss Schönborn 1983 Rheingau Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Auslese

Please note: this is the original release, not one of the re-releases that's been coming out of the cellar in recent years. They've been stored perfectly and the conditions are marvelous.

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Manderscheid 1985 Mosel Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

A complete surprise! An unfamiliar producer to us, and certainly not one of the legends of the middle Mosel, but with a site like the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and a price like this for an Auslese nearing 30 years old, how could we pass it up? The wine needs some time to breathe -- they weren't shy with the sulfur in those days -- but it's still very much alive and complex, with bright fresh fruit, weight like a feather and zesty Mosel acidity. It's not going to shatter the earth, but it's very, very tasty. -jfr

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Staatsweinguter Kloster Eberbach 1986 Rheingau Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Spätlese

The great Frank Schoonmaker and others considered the Domdechaney to be the top site in Hochheim, the village on the far eastern end of the Rheingau that actually overlooks the Main river rather than the Rhine. The almost pure clay soil gives robust wines that age well. Ths state domaine and Domdechant Werner'sche are the two primary owners, so this is a great comparison opportunity. In this era the State Domaine was working almost exclusively with stainless steel, while Werner is was all traditional old bottles. -jfr

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Domdechant Werner'sches 1988 Rheingau Hochheimer Domdechaney Ries Spätlese

The great Frank Schoonmaker and others considered the Domdechaney to be the top site in Hochheim, the village on the far eastern end of the Rheingau that actually overlooks the Main river rather than the Rhine. The almost pure clay soil gives robust wines that age well. Ths state domaine and Domdechant Werner'sche are the two primary owners, so this is a great comparison opportunity. In this era the State Domaine was working almost exclusively with stainless steel, while Werner is was all traditional old bottles. -jfr

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Domdechant Werner'sches 1988 Rheingau Hochheimer Domdechaney Ries Spät Halb

The style at Domdechant Werner'sches has leaned towards dry wines for many decades now, and this is a great opportunity to drink a practically dry German Riesling that is fully mature.

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