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Adam & Haart 2016 Mosel Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett

Friends and winemakers Andreas Adam and Julian Haart jumped at the chance to go in together on a terraced parcel of un-grafted old-vines on the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen and have been collaborating on wines from that parcel ever since. The Adam & Haart Kabinett is luxurious yet peppy, with notes of green strawberry, mango, and fresh nectarine illuminated by an electric acidity. Pairs beautifully with dishes like sweet potato cassarole, cranberry relish, fruit-studded stuffings, assorted cheeses, or even as a reset to whet the palate when fatigue starts to set in. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc

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 will be fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. A pét-nat made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone, the palate is linear, saline, and crisp with notes of yellow nectarine, white stone, lemon juice, underripe pineapple, and green apple skin, boasting a great mousse, a touch of lees and fresh acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions. This is the first year their pét-nats have made it over to our side of the pond, and just in time for longer, hotter days. Their 2016 rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years old). Deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, with bright acidity priming for the next sip. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Busch, Clemens 2011 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay Terrassen

No offense to sweet Nelly Busch, but Fahrlay-Terrassen is really the big dog here. It's not classified as a GG since there's probably 11-12 grams RS; this puts it in "feinherb" territory, but I wouldn't want it anywhere else. Botrytis hit hard here in 2011 and this is a rather Wachau-esque take on the Marienburg; think Hirtzberger on the Mosel, with creamy richness and flavors of tangerine and apricot, all on a much lighter frame than you'd find over in Spitz. Superior length, breadth, ornate detail and a clear, vivid finish make this one of Clemens' most stunning wines of the vintage and one of the best we've tried from this estate. This is a textbook example of the Busch style and everything they do so well. Epic Mosel! (it was even better than the 2011 Felsterrasse, in my opinion, but don't tell that to Clemens since that's his favorite parcel of old vines) -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2012 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Rothenpfad GG

(Tasted in January 2014) Aromatically a bit closed with very subtle yellow fruits, this will need time to open. Sensational palate — a super-complex melange of white fruits and minerals with fabulous intensity and length. This is a great and very young bottle of Riesling that is a testament to Clemens' great work in the vineyard and vinifications with wild yeasts and less sulfur. Highly recommended. DL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay GG

Fahrlay is a south-facing, terraced parcel located between two rock outcroppings on the Marienburg, with predominately blue slate. Vines here are ungrafted and single-post trained: a time-consuming method preferred by Clemens and Rita Busch for their older vines. Clover, rose, and orange oil on the nose, the palate is both weighty and stony, with notes of greengage plum, nectarine pit, and a salty minerality. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Kabinett

Heady with the scent of peach blossoms and green apple, the wine is bursting with fruity notes of kumquat marmalade, juicy green melon and tart green plum; the plush velvety texture on the palate balanced by a wave of acidity on the finish. Fantastic! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

Clüsserath, Ernst 2016 Mosel Riesling Mosel Street

Organically farmed, spontaneously-fermented Mosel Riesling for under $15. Just off-dry enough, Mosel St. is a go-to bottle for folks looking for fresh and easy Riesling to pair with food and friends. Perfect for everyday drinking, the wine is spritzig upon opening, medium-bodied, with good minerality and fruitiness. Notes of white peach and cherry, lemon juice, tart apricot, come forth with vibrant acidity to balance the residual sweetness and bring you back for another sip. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Ober Schäfershaus Riesling Spätlese Trocken

The Webers were able to obtain this 0.2 hectare parcel two years ago, located on the Krettnacher Altenberg with old vines upwards of 70 years in age on green basalt soils (with quartz and gray slate): a 'dream parcel' according to Erich Weber. Water-white with green flecks in the glass; white flowers, green apple and the freshness of mineral water over stone fills the nose and is mirrored on the palate along with tart but slightly soft notes of lemonade and greengage plum. An ethereal first offering from this vineyard! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb

The Niedermenniger Herrenberg is in full bloom in this weighty and balanced, barely off-dry Riesling. A wonderfully expressive nose offers aromas of honeycomb, papaya, and orange zest. The palate is broad and mouthwatering, gliding along with notes of peppermint and tarragon before a crystalline clean green plum finish. (A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 2 15) - David Salinas

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2015 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese Trocken

A light ruby with rose rim; bright and linear, with a piquant nose of red flowers, paprika, tangy red currants. On the palate this Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is fresh, tart and willowy, reminiscent of a Rosso di Valtellina, with crunchy red fruits--wild strawberries, sour cherries, red currants, cranberries, raspberry seeds; the wine snaps to a slightly drying structure with a whisper of pink roses and cloves on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2015 Saar Riesling Sekt Brut

Tasted moments after I arrived at Hofgut Falkenstein on a sweltering day in July, I failed to get notes down on any sort of paper. I do remember being very pleased with the fresh intensity of the mousse, brightness of the acidity, notes of green and yellow stone fruit with a refreshing citrus zestiness and stony minerality...a delightful, dry sparkling Riesling (tasted again back in the states, this all still holds true)! Pair with cheese and salty appetizers, as well as most items on your holiday table: rich pâtés, vegetable gratin, turkey or ham! Cari Bernard

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

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb 1.5 L

This gloriously elegant magnum will bring loads of energy to even the weightiest Thanksgiving table. The nose is c lassic Saar riesling with citrus, freshly mown lawn, and a hint of white petals. Niedermennig riesling always impresses me with its extraordinarily pure petrol tones.  The palate impresses with its balance of opulence and linearity. The light sweetness is balanced by extraordinary energy. This wine will go head to head with the tartest cranberry sauce, pair fantastically with turkey or rich pork dishes, and complement richer sides like butternut squash mash or stuffing. Make sure to save some for the pumpkin pie. AP#1. Andrew Farquhar

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

Frank John 2011 Pfalz Riesling Sekt Brut

Weingut Frank John has been biodynamic since their first vintage in 2003, Demeter certified since the 2012 vintage, with a commitment to hand-harvesting, natural yeast fermentation, ageing in wood, and minimal sulfur additions. An incredibly elegant and layered Riesling Brut Sekt, with 41 months spent on the lees and close to 8 grams per liter of dosage. White and red grapefruit, star fruit and burnished peach on the nose, the wine is oxidative and broad, with a creamy mousse and aggressive attack. Powerful and vinous, with rich notes of apple, citrus oils and pith, a show-stopping sparkling wine. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

Haart, Julian 2016 Mosel Riesling 1,000 L

‘1,000L’ is a reference to the capacity of the traditional barrels (Fuder) of the Mosel. Year in and year out, this wine dangerously easy to drink. Right now there is still a wisp of sulfur still on the nose, but it comes through along with notes of pollen and green apple. The palate is crispy and angular with notes of green mango, white cherries, apricot, with a stony minerality and electric acidity. This is a prime example of a crisp, dry-tasting Riesling from the Mosel. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 46 in stock
  • $19.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2011 Mosel Zeppwingert Riesling

Finally, Zeppwingert. Gernot only has .5 hectares and it's directly next to Batterieberg. It's a terraced, ungrafted, old-vine section, and the vines used to belong to our friends at Weiser-Künstler until they sold to Kollmann. Aromatically vivid, with a light underlying wild streak to the nose, the wine is the sweetest of the lineup (many others in the Mosel would call it a feinherb, though; this is still dinner Riesling). Perfect balance, and while some of the other wines may be more contemplative, Zeppwingert is hands down the most delicious. This is another one with "sky's the limit" aging potential. I'm excited to track its development over many years. -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot’s part of the Ellergrub lies just to the left of Weiser-Künstler’s parcel, which is great because they also work without chemicals in the vineyards. The 2.2 hectares of vines are 80 years and older and are ungrafted. The 2013 is having a moment right now, (re-tasted in 03/2017) showing development on the nose with deep honeysuckle notes, mirrored on the palate, along with ripe juicy peach, wildflower honey, and dark stones, managing to be both ethereal and powerful. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2012 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken

The Saumagen vineyard is littered with small limestone rocks that reflect heat onto the vines. Though it was expanded in the 1980's, Koehler-Ruprecht's holdings are in the original south-east facing parcel. Glistening notes of lemon, salt, butter, and nuts. A dry Pfalz wine with a lot of finesse, not overly powerful or austere. Great spine of acidity, complex, with depth and length. Will take to the cellar quite well. Jonathan Kemp

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $32.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2016 Pfalz Pinot Noir Kabinett Trocken Rosé

Direct press Pinot Noir rosé from the Pfalz! The 2016 vintage is just a touch lighter in body than 2015 with even more mineral cut; flavors of wild strawberry, white cherry, green melon, raspberry seed, and blood orange are vibrant and punched up by the mouth-watering acidity. Cari Bernard 

  • rosé
  • 32 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Lauer, Peter 2012 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

This is the wine formerly known as "Kupp 56" due to the fact that it comes from a mid-slope parcel of vines planted in 1956. Now it's Lauer's one GG that comes from the actual Ayler Kupp (Schonfels and Saarfeilser are both individual sites overlooking the Saar). The Kupp produces exceptional feinherb and sweet wines (see Stirn, Kern, Neuenbersch and the prädikat wines), but this is one of the finest, most mineral dry wines Florian's ever crafted from the slope. We love Lauer! -jfr

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn (Arrives Mid-Nov)

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
  • 20 in stock
  • $40.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg (Arrives Mid-Nov

Covered in eroded gray slate, Unterstenberg is the site on the Ayler Kupp that has some of the most water retention due to its location at the foot of the hillside. Notes of peach, orange zest, apple compote, and red grapefruit on the nose open up to a rich and fruit-forward palate boasting ripe apricot, yellow apple skin, and pineapple. Spicy and bold! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $36.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 'Senior'

Lauer ‘Senior’ is Florian’s nod to making a style of wine his grandfather (Peter Lauer Sr.) would enjoy. His aim is to make a feinherb, weeknight wine from 70-year-old, ungrafted vines on the Kupp. With each passing vintage, Senior always seems to over deliver--for the price, the level of complexity is outstanding. The nose is less fruit-forward than the palate, with notes of oatmeal and stone, herbs, and Fuji apple. The wine is vibrant and just slightly off-dry with a deft balance between fresh green and bold tropical flavors--green fig, underripe peach, and tart green plum with pineapple and white blossom. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 21 in stock
  • $26.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 8 Kabinett

A delicate nose of apricot blossom and grapefruit zest, the Fass 8 Kabinett drinks fairly lean in style, with fantastic balance and elegant integration of the residual sugar. Cooler notes of green strawberries mingle on the finish with fresh nectarine, yuzu, and crisp apple. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 25 in stock
  • $34.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 2 'Extra Dry'

Florian's 'Extry Dry' offering, sourced from the Ayler Kupp. Aromas of melon, apple skin, and tea--all green. A touch tight, but more giving than 2015, the palate is more yellow-fruited, with notes of pear, apple, stone, savory earth, and smoke on the long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 7 Spätlese

Ripe, golden grapes picked from a range of vineyards on Ayler Kupp. We look forward to sharing notes with you soon! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Kern Fass 9

Kern is a parcel on the west-facing side of the Ayler Kupp, extending from the top to the bottom of the slope, a cross-section of slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. A tropical nose of kiwi and passion fruit, the wine has a sharp, juicy attack of white grapefruit zest and kumquat, balanced by notes of green herbs, salinity, and wet stone minerality on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $43.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg (Arrives November)

Lauer's portion of Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Kupp closer to the base of the slope. Piquant, with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot notes that continue onto the palate followed by ripe mango, peach candy, yuzu and orange zest with ginger spice on the lengthy finish. Complex and fruity with great tension! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 24 in stock
  • $53.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 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. 2016 marks the third vintage (second as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Wisps of honeycrisp apple, key lime zest, nectarine, kiwi, and tiny white blossoms fill the nose, the palate is young and fresh, with cool minerality balancing the silky lime and kumquat oils, juicy tangerine, bitter pollen and green apple candy on the finish. Cari Bernard

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

Melsheimer 2015 Mosel Reiler Mullay-Hofberg Riesling Kabinett

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. His top site, the Reiler Mullay-Hofberg is a stunning example of biodiversity and extreme vineyard work. A sight to behold, the Mullay-Hofberg vineyard juts out and cascades down the side of the mountain, a terraced portion switchbacks to just below the top of the slope. Shards of gray and red slate litter the ground between bursts of green vegetation and single-post trained Riesling vines. In a new addition to the landscape, Thorsten's goats graze in the surrounding grassy patches. The history of this vineyard runs deep, with the earliest record of vineyards existing here dating back to 1146 CE. Having only 16 g/L of residual sugar and screamingly high acidity means this drinks closer to a lean dry-tasting style more than a Kabinett: sponti and a touch of petrol on the nose, the wine is angular and stony, with notes of salted sour orange and tart kumquat, green mango, green apple skin, lemonade, yellow apricot and white blossoms on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 20 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

  • white sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 33 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 44 in stock
  • $52.99

  • white sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $83.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Pechstein Riesling Trocken

Beneath a layer of sandy-loam, Pechstein's soils hold basalt or pitched stone, the source of this vineyard's name. Along with the Jesuitengarten this wine was one of the clear stand-outs of Markus' 2014 campaign. It shines a golden honey yellow in the glass and welcomes with aromas of lilacs, chrysanthemums, grilled pistachios, lavender, and cranberries. The palate shows a fine minerality, offering tremendous length with notes of white truffles prior to a linden blossom finish. This is nuanced and impeccably detailed, dry Riesling!- David Salinas

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

Stein, Ulli 2011 Mosel Spätburgunder

Stein's Pinot Noir comes from steep slate sites largely in the village of St. Aldegund. The wine is the earthiest of the three Pinots on offer (Stein, Steinmetz and Falkenstein), and the most structured. It's not quite as bright and quaffable as the others but it's still fresh, with plenty of dark-toned minerality. Slate and Pinot are a fascinating combination, and we're lucky to be able to compare all three bottlings from each site. Pinot did quite well in the relatively ripe vintage of 2011, one in which the Rieslings could often lack some definition, but this red, in particular, is singing. -jfr

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Trossen, Rita & Rudolf 2014 Mosel Riesling Schieferblume

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Rosenrain

Ungrafted Sylvaner planted in 1934 on a mixture of red sandstone and limestone soils. Evoking thoughts of Chablis with its linear and stony intensity; the palate is bright with tart lemon juice, underripe nectarine, and a chalky minerality. Beautifully nuanced and fresh.  Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

Von Racknitz 2011 Nahe Riesling Niederhäuser Klamm Spätlese

While I love dry German Riesling and am constantly evangelizing about its virtues, I still love wines with some sweetness more than most Germans and perhaps more than the proprietors of Von Racknitz themselves. That's most likely why this was the first wine I tasted at the estate that got three stars in my notebook (out of a max of three -- it's not a particularly precise system, I admit). As excited as I was by it, the note is somewhat brusque: "Very ripe aromas; concentrated peach and herbs. A lot of depth. Like the sun exploding in my mouth. So succulent. Exceptional!" The vines are over 60 years old, the wines are fermented spontaneously in stainless steel, the yields are absurdly low (30 hl/ha) and it's just an outright delicious, lip-smacking Spätlese. -jfr

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
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  • white off-dry
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  • white
  • 12 in stock
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