Germany

Bertram, Julia 2016 Ahr Dernauer Spätburgunder

 Julia Bertram has taken on farming her family's best parcels of old-vine Pinot Noir in the Ahr valley. The Dernauer Spätburgunder is sourced from the Hardtberg, Pfarrwingert, and Burggarten vineyards around her hometown of Dernau. Soils in these steep vineyards add up to a mix of Devonian slate, gravel, and greywacke (argillaceous sandstone). Julia's Pinots are bright and mineral in profile, unmarred by oak or over-ripeness. The grapes macerate, ferment, and age in neutral German oak, followed by a settling period in stainless steel tank before bottling. The Dernauer is lightly structured and balanced, showing savory mineral character, and juicy tart red cherries in an alpine forest. Would be delightful with mushroom risotto, roasted chicken (or salmon!). Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Württemberg Rosé

After being part of the local co-op for years, the Beurer family decided to make the change to crafting wines for their own label in 1997, and began to shift to organic farming starting in 2003, eventually becoming Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2012. The majority of the vineyards are planted to Riesling, but red grapes take well to the climate in Württemberg. This year the rosé is a saignée of Trollinger, Zweigelt, Spätburgunder, and Portugieser, and it's fantastic. It's just the faintest bit off-dry, but that really only amplifies the juicy red berries and and is properly balanced by bright acidity. Incredibly refreshing, this would be a fun companion to soft-scrambled eggs, Wiener schnitzel and fries, fried anything really, and of course outdoor BBQs. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2018 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and are now fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. Their Pét-Nat Blanc is made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

Busch, Clemens 2009 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Auslese 375ml

What an absolute treat to get to check in on this beauty from 2009! Harvest for the Auslese contained around 40% botrytised grapes from the southeast-facing Rothenpfad parcel on the Marienburg. The nose is redolent with muddled fresh mint and the wine is creamy and lively, with soft, rich peaches, honeyed pear, elegant depth and layers. Enjoy now to blow minds with your cheese course or fruit-based desserts, or hold for at least ten more years! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison'

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison' 1.5L

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! I can't remember if I've ever seen Enderle & Moll en Magnum, so this was a no-brainer. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $83.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's parcel of the Ellergrub is 2.2 hectares of ungrafted vines, over 80 years old. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. In a shocking twist, the 2016 Ellergrub is slightly off-dry! The wine boasts a floral elegance and herbal freshness on the nose, yet is still quite dense and rich, with notes of yellow apricot, roses, and white peach skin giving way to a touch of citrus zest and strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 47 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss, Andi 2017 Württemberg 'Pure' Red

Blaufränkisch, Spätburgunder, and Zweigelt fermented separately in neutral demi-muid, blended in tank before bottling without any added sulfur. Hauntingly aromatic with notes of bramble and soy, blueberries, violets and spice, the palate is juicy and vibrant, with a mélange of wild berries, dark chocolate, and red plums. A healthy choice with BBQ-anything! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koehler-Ruprecht 2018 Pfalz Pinot Noir Kabinett Trocken Rosé

Pinot Noir from limestone soils in the Pfalz, this rosé is delightful every year! Wild strawberries and orange melon on the nose, the palate is both light and creamy, with softer acidity than 2017 framing freshly cut red berries, melon, and red florals on the finish. A solid choice for parties, and for the dinner table. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 42 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. We haven't had a chance to try a bottle yet but will report back as soon as we do! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the meager soils, cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. Technically off-dry, the residual sugar manifests as fruit and just a bit of weight and creaminess to balance out the acidity. White florals mix with notes of orange, nectarine, and tart tangerine on the finish. Delicious now, should start to really shine in at least 5 years. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's parcel of the Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Ayler Kupp, closer to the base of the slope. Rocks and green apple skin, lemon balm, apricot, and white florals peek through on the nose and the palate, along with green mango, peaches, and orange juice concentrate (I'm talking frozen orange juice concentrate), with a beautiful tension--a graceful push-and-pull between the racy acidity and silky fruits, with a driving mineral thread throughout. Enjoyable now, this would be a real treat to check in on in 5-10 years. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel (not too far from Schonfels) that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. The Lauer family rented vines on the hillside until the 1990s, when the owners chose to pull up the vines. Florian purchased the plot in 2010, cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012 with old-vine cuttings from five different vineyards. 2017 marks the fourth vintage (third as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Tasting notes forthcoming. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • 16 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • 41 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white off-dry
  • 47 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

The Schaefer family still only farms 4.2 hectares, the majority of which tower behind their hometown of Graach (2 ha on Domprobst, 2 ha on Himmelreich), as well as .2 ha on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, all in total, they work over 100 separate parcels. Graacher Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) is home to Devonian slate soils (blue/gray) with a south/southwest exposition; the Himmelreich and its neighboring vineyard the Domprobst both have access to a unique network of underground water veins that bring a cooling element and much needed support to the vines on this fairly warm site. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder. In contrast to the incredibly low yields of 2017, 2018 was practically a bumper crop (I exaggerate). Green clover, gardenia, peach skin and apricot stone waft in on the nose, and the palate hints at the warmth of the vintage with notes of fruity nectarine, creamy mango, Fuji apple, balanced with tangy acidity and white florals on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $57.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $57.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $57.99

Vetter, Stefan 2016 Franken Sylvaner Schale, Stiel & Stengel

One 600L barrel of the Sylvaner "GK" (grown on sandstone and limestone soils), fermented and then aged on the mash (skins and stems) for 18 months, bottled with low addition of SO2. Graceful, subtle texture, fresh green pear, white apple, lemon zest, with a mineral lift and finesse. A delight to drink! Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vollenweider 2016 Mosel Riesling Schimbock

Schimbock is a west-facing, slightly cooler, tiny parcel of gray and blue slate terraces with ungrafted, old vines with smaller, looser bunches (less-prone to botrytis). The grapes are pressed in a basket press over the span of 18 hours, and the wine ages in old fuder (1000L), whereas Daniel's other wines age in stainless tank. Three and a half days of skin contact gives beautiful structure and balance to the notes of soft white cherry, nectarine, and underripe pineapple--delicious! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

Riesling sourced from the Steffensberg, Schlossberg, Taubenhaus, and Sonnenlay vineyards. The ripeness of the 2018 vintage gives us a lush and concentrated wine with a youthful acidity; playful and fruity with notes of ripe peaches, Fuji apple, tangerine juice, with tart lemonade on the lengthy finish. Should pair quite well with spicier cuisine, fried chicken, Thai noodle dishes. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 21 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 31 in stock
  • $29.99

Ziereisen 2015 Baden Pinot Noir Rhini

Rhini has similar terroir to the Talrain vineyard (limestone and iron-rich clay), located mid-slope on a large hill. Grapes are hand-harvested, undergo spontaneous fermentation in wood followed by two years of aging in barrique (30% new oak). Many of the barrels in use are from a cooperage in Franken. Salty raspberry seeds, herbs and incredibly grounding earthiness with just enough texture from the oak, vibrant red berries, juicy cherries, balanced by elegant acidity. Enjoy now or put down for ten years. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $64.99

Ziereisen 2015 Baden Pinot Noir Talrain

The Talrain vineyard is home to vines upwards of 50 years in age, planted on iron-rich clay and limestone, at about 500m above sea-level. Grapes are hand selected and ferment spontaneously before spending close to two years in a mix of barrique and large wooden barrels, 20% of which are new oak. Savory herbs and raspberry on the nose, the palate has a beautiful dark minerality and length, with earthy, meaty, dark-fruited tones and deftly-integrated oak. A richer style of German Pinot Noir that has a lot of life ahead of it. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99