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This Year's Breakout Red: Falkenstein Spätburgunder!

We have to admit that we were surprised by the runaway success of the Hofgut Falkenstein 2011 Spätburgunder when we offered it in January. It's a light-as-a-feather red that breaks any and all preconceived notions of what German Pinot Noir can be; it makes for absolutely perfect summer drinking but somehow 10 cases flew out of the shop in a single weekend in the dead of winter! Things may even have gotten a bit ugly around here as staff members jealously fought over who got to buy the last few remaining bottles. When we found out that the estate had more to offer, we jumped at the chance and placed a big order. We're happy to say that it has landed and is ready to go! We asked the estate's proprietors, the genial Erich and Johannes Weber, to fill out the order with a healthy chunk of their razor-sharp 2012 Krettnacher Altenberg Spätlese Trocken, and now we (and hopefully you) plan to load up on this dry, bright, summer-quaffing Riesling.

Since we loved Weber's Spätburgunder so much we thought we'd sample some others and offer the most exciting, best values we could find. No surprises here, but they happen to be made by two masters of light, expressive Mosel Riesling, Stefan Steinmetz and Ulli Stein! Join us in saying no to new oak and yes to Mosel Spätburgunder! -jfr

P.S. Join us tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, from 4-7pm as we'll be opening these two wines from Falkenstein as well as everything we have in stock from the Nahe's rising star, Von Racknitz!

Steinmetz, Günther 2010 Mulheimer Sonnenlay Pinot Noir

Stefan Steinmetz makes this in used Burgundy barrels, some of which make their way to him through our buddies in Baden, Enderle and Moll. The nose is a mixture of dark fruit, mocha and some surprisingly bright herbs and spices. Since this is from Germany's crazy high-acid 2010 vintage, there's plenty of cut to balance the dark fruit and the finish is fresh and invigorating. A bit more muscular than Falkenstein's Pinot, and more Burgundian in nature; but try to find a single-site Burgundy at this price that tastes this good! -jfr

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