Rieslingfeier 2015

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Once again a noble band of German winemakers are currently gracing New York's snowy streets with their charm and knowledge, pouring wines and participating in seminars for this year's German Riesling celebration, Rieslingfeier. For those not attending the dinner or the seminars, we hope you will be joining the free tasting crawl. We are thrilled to be hosting Johannes Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein from 12:30-2:30pm this Saturday, so please come by meet one of our favorite winemakers. More information about the crawl can be found on the Rieslingfeier website here: www.rieslingfeier.com/rieslingcrawl.html

In addition, tonight’s special guest from 5-7pm will be Gernot Kollmann of Immich-Batterieberg. He will pour a horizontal of his magical 2012ers.

Below you will find a few selections of intriguing Hocks and Moselles from some of this year's visiting winemakers. Jonathan Kemp

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2013 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spät Feinherb 1.5 L

Who wouldn't want a magnum of barely off-dry Riesling as a holiday gift? Hofgut Falkenstein produces uniquely salty, savory Saar Rieslings from historically well-regarded vineyards that deserve to be much better known among the wine-loving public. They're also insanely good for their relatively low-prices, low-enough in alcohol to be eminently drinkable and dry-enough to be quite crowd-pleasing. Every Holiday Party has always needed at least one magnum of Falkenstein (you just didn't know it until now) and Chambers Street is the only place you'll find them! -jfr

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2012 Saar Herrenberg Spätburgunder

The last vintage of this wine was an unexpected sensation, and the 2012 is every bit as thrilling. Pinot Noir from the anachronistic Weber family of Falkenstein in the Saar, this is unlike any other German Spätburgunder, since it does not go through malolactic fermentation and retains its fresh, energetic cut. The wine is pressed whole cluster and ends up going through partial carbonic maceration and is only raised in the Weber's large, old fuders, with zero sulfur added at bottling. This wine from the grey, blue, and red slate of Herrenberg is astoundingly silky and more transparent, with perfect balance of bright cherry fruit, subtle earth, and unmistakable Saar vibrancy. This will shock people who have preconceived notions of what German reds can be, as this is more akin to wines from Jura and Beaujolais than anything else. A must-try! Jonathan Kemp

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Fricke, Eva 2013 Rheingau Riesling Trocken

A spectacular, pristine, precise dry Rheingau Riesling that is bursting with the acidity and tartness of a pink grapefruit and the delicate mineral structure that is Eva's signature. A lean wine that is bracing but has just enough fruit and to make it quite drinkable and delicious. Energetic, edgy, refreshment with balanced alcohol and subtlety. Jonathan Kemp

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Immich-Batterieberg 2012 Mosel C.A.I. Riesling

As in previous years, C.A.I. tastes close to dry and is a blend of purchased fruit (from smart, committed growers) up and down the Mosel and Saar. This year is particularly interesting as there are some old vine parcels in the blend from the Oberemmeler Altenberg that bring great depth to the wine. According to Lars Carlberg, this old vine parcel may be bottled as a separate wine in 2013; it's that good. This C.A.I. is much more like the 2010 in character than the 2011, although not quite as vigorous and biting as the former. Tasty, tasty Riesling! JFR

Unashamedly easy to enjoy. Plenty of crisp acids but they are gently integrated with sensations of perfectly ripe nectarine. Wildly versatile, eminently tasty, but not a moment goes by while drinking this wine that you don't seriously reflect on the fortuitous mix of elements in the vineyard and the cellar that created such a high level of deep pleasure. JK

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Immich-Batterieberg 2012 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Steffensberg is Immich's only site that isn't on the famous Starkenburger Hang, the southwest facing slope directly overlooking the Mosel. Steffensberg is just north of here in a side valley off the river and faces directly south. It's warmer here, with more direct sun exposure, so the slight increase in ripeness is reflected with just a hair more sweetness at 12 g/l. (Pictured is a doorplate at the Hotel Steffensberg, a lovely place to stay across the street from Immich-Batterieberg in Enkirch) JFR

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Karthäuserhof 2005 Ruwer Riesling Eitelsbacher Karthäuser. Auslese #30 375ml

Library release, special parcel Auslese from Karthäuserhof. This is one of eight different Auslesen produced that year; this is the most defined, the most chiseled and the most old-school for the Ruwer. Remarkably food-friendly Auslese as well as super-pretty on its own. They've already done the cellaring for you and this is ready to drink or be put down for at least another 20 years. 2005 was one of those vintages that Riesling-lovers went wild over. These are wines that have needed time, though, and it's great to have a chance to check back in on some perfectly-stored bottles. -jfr

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