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It's almost mid-February, which means one of our favorite holidays is coming up...Rieslingfeier is nigh! This year marks the fifth year of the 'feier, with winemakers coming from both Germany and Austria to share their wines and stories with us. For those unfamiliar, Rieslingfeier is a two-day affair (February 17th and 18th), featuring seminars and tastings, leading up to the BYO Gala Dinner at Reynard, where guests and winemakers pull out all the stops and bring some incredible bottles to share. The dinner is a wonderful way to taste through Rieslings that range in style, vintage, and rarity, and a great opportunity to meet and dine with winemakers (some of whom don't often make it to our side of the pond). Although the seminars have sold out, there are still tickets available to the Gala Dinner, as well as slots available to attend the Gränd Tasting. Please check out the website here for more details and to purchase tickets.

To add to the festivities during the week, Chambers Street Wines will be hosting a handful of winemakers in the shop for tastings from 5-7 PM, including a double-header of Clemens Busch with Johannes Weber from Hofgut Falkenstein (2/16), Eva Fricke (2/15), and the following week, Jochen Beurer (2/24)! 

In honor of the upcoming events, below is a list featuring wines from this year's attending winemakers as well as some treats we found hiding in the cellar. Prost! Cari Bernard

 

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Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GK

Let's be honest here: this is basically a Beerenauslese, with 140 g/L of residual sugar and 12.5 grams of acidity! 100% botrytis-affected grapes, this wine can (and should) age for quite some time. The nose hints at peach candy, cinnamon, and button mushroom, on the palate the wine shows both intensity and density, rich with honeyed peaches, orange oil, and apricot preserves. A fantastic bottle for those who wait! Cari Bernard

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Nieder. Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Two of the Webers' parcels in the Herrenberg are the lower slope, "Kleiner Klaus", with 65-year-old Riesling vines planted in soils of majority blue and gray slate with a bit of quartz. The other parcel is higher on the slope and is called Zuckerberg. This bottling carries aromas of fennel, honeysuckle, white peach, star anise, and a hint of petrol at the backend. On the palate, this is classic dry Falkenstein with a bracing minerality that offers notes of melon and lime zest before a zinging lemongrass finish.        (A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 1 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Herrenberg Riesling Sekt Brut

Made with grapes from a section of the Herrenberg, with more than 12 months spent on the lees in bottle, this Sekt is just asking to be popped for any occasion (A birthday! A Tuesday! Apéro!). Crisp and flinty, but also leesy on the nose, the palate is fresh and lively, with stone fruit, young ginger, fennel bulb, and a brisk minerality. Pair with a fried oyster po'boy or crab cakes! Cari Bernard

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Fricke, Eva 2015 Rheingau Lorcher Riesling

Eva Fricke's journey from child of doctors in Northern Germany to winemaker in the Rheingau with ten leased hectares (only seven currently in production) and going for organic certification for the 2016 vintage is quite the story. Eva has worked at wineries in South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Australia, and also holds a degree in Oenology from Geisenheim as well as a Masters in Business Management from Oestrich-Winkel. During her seven-year tenure working with Johannes Leitz, she slowly began to branch out into her own vineyard plots and winery, officially leaving Leitz in 2011. Her determination and dedication to quality is inspiring. During her tasting in the store this past February, she spoke excitedly about the importance of organic farming, and the positive influence it has on her vines, even in difficult vintages. By choosing to work the steep slopes organically in the Rheingau, she has taken on a challenge rarely even considered in the region. 2015 was a stellar vintage for Eva, and across the board her wines have pitch-perfect clarity and vibrant acidity. The Lorcher Riesling trocken has grapes from both Schlossberg and Kapellenberg vineyards, grown on slate with loess and quartzite. The wine is stony and salty on the nose, with notes of citrus zest and dark slate; focused yet still has a sense of fullness across the mid-palate, with flavors of tart white grapefruit, juicy apricot, and a firm mineral structure. This wine should open up nicely in three to five years. Cari Bernard

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Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

This wine is sourced from a portion of a 1.1 hectare monopol within the Zeppwingert; created during the winters of 1841-1845 by blasting through the gray slate with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha). The wine can definitely take a decant; at first sip tart and salty, with a distinct stoniness balanced by the light fruitiness of white peach, underripe pineapple, and a touch of white flowers. Cari Bernard 

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Lauer, Peter 2014 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

Pale Golden in color, this wine really unfolds with time in the glass. The nose is expressive and complex with aromas of honeysuckle, white peaches, green plums, orange blossoms, and toasted almonds. The palate is finely balanced with a slumbering core of minerality that crescendos in the mid-palate with aromas of green plums, fennel, and tamarind through to a deliciously salty finish. (Fass 12).

- David Salinas

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Schaefer, Willi 1997 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling QBA

It's somewhat startling how lovely and young the 1997 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich QbA shows at 18 years old. Of course it should come as no surprise as Riesling is exceptionally long-lived and Willi Schaefer is certainly worthy of its gold standard reputation. The litheness of Graacher Himmereich is apparent here as the wine is racy and charming, rather than pungently mineral as in Graacher Domprobst. On the nose there are notes of white peach, apple blossom, and golden delicious apple overlying aromas of slate and hints of petrol. On the palate there is more lovely ripe fruit and slate with good cut and a lively, fresh, floral finish. John McIlwain

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Schaefer, Willi 2012 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11

The Domprobst Auslese #11 has richer, more typical Mosel aromas than many of the soft-spoken wines in this year's collection and it's again delicate and poised. Elegant and mineral-laden with just about perfect balance and gentle concentration. This is when Willi says he's looking for "not increased sweetness, increased complexity and sustained balanced." The latter is certainly an understatement here. There was a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of botrytis-affected grapes included in this Auslese, but, in keeping with the house style, its purity and freshness comes from the perfectly ripe, tiny, golden berries they normally reserve for Auslese and that were in abundance this vintage.  -jfr

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Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese

More herbal and savory in contrast to the floral nose of the Goldgrube Kabinett, the palate boasts a ripeness level alongside a level of acidity that Daniel says is like nothing he's had before. I found the Goldgrube to have a nice balance in contrast to the Steffensberg Spätlese; again the acidity is high, but the wine is rich and textured without being weighty, flavors of dried apricots, citron, orange blossom and green herbs make for a complex, cellar-worthy Spätlese! Cari Bernard

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Weiser-Künstler 2013 Mosel Enkircher Steffensberg Riesling

From south-facing slopes and younger vines, this is edgy, focused, and impressive. Lots of texture to accompany the crispy acids and subtle, Granny Smith fruit. Powerful and expressive, but not missing the trademark purity and heady depth we've come to love from Weiser-Künstler. Will only continue to develop and improve. Jonathan Kemp

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