Germany

2NaturKinder 2016 Franken Fledermaus Weiss

Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner, aged on the lees in stainless steel tank, unfined and unfiltered with no sulfur added. The wine changes quite rapidly with exposure to air. A lactic acid note cuts through and gives the wine a citrus-laced sour, salty beer (Gose) vibe when first poured. The palate then fleshes out into juicy tart underripe peach, starfruit and pineapple, and evolves onwards to notes of green olive brine and key lime curd. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 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
  • 18 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
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

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
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

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
  • 6 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 42 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 34 in stock
  • $13.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

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, green stone fruit and citrus tartness...a delightful sparkling Riesling! Cari Bernard

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

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese AP 6

The two different Euchariusberg Spätlese bottlings (AP 6 and AP 14) are sourced from two separate parcels, found further up the Großschock slope from the plots used for the Kabinett wines. Honeyed yuzu and stone on the nose, the palate is ripe and fresh with notes of tangerine and lemon juice, crushed peach, white strawberry and ginger, balanced and elegant! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Kabinett Trocken

Jasmine, pollen, and apricot aromas with just the slightest bit more weight on the palate than Ober Schäfershaus, notes of juicy nectarine mingle with an assortment of citrus: tangerine zest, meyer lemon and yuzu come to mind. An ideal wine to pair with fresh summer salads, fish crudo, oysters on the half shell. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb

Sourced from a south-facing parcel of 60-70 year-old vines on the Herrenberg. Showing some reduction on the nose, the palate is clean and light, youthful and very tart, with fruity notes of kiwi and apricot awash with minerality. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

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

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Knauss 2016 Württemberg Rosé

A cuvée of Andi's red grapes (Spätburgunder, Zweigelt, Trollinger, Lemberger, and Merlot) grown on the full spectrum of soil types found within the estate's 14 hectares. Salmon-tinted blush in the glass, with sharp notes of pollen, rose petals, gardenia on another sniff, watermelon and green apple sour candy, and umeboshi umami. Flavors of juicy watermelon, red currant, and tart strawberry lemonade pop with a brisk dry and saline finish. Would be an excellent companion to soft-scrambled eggs dotted with goat cheese, a green salad with citrus segments, briny oysters on the half shell with mignonette. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 43 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 24 in stock
  • $17.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Riesling Barrel X

It's back, at long last, Barrel X from Florian Lauer. Sourced from multiple vineyards in the Saar, last year was a touch more off-dry, this year is electric. Stony with searing acidity balanced by a slew of stone fruit (nectarine, peach, yellow apricot) with Fuji apple for good measure on the long finish. Long live Barrel X! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

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

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

Stein 2011 Mosel Sekt 'Ohne'

Upon visiting Ulli Stein's cellar, I was impressed with the sheer number of projects he has chosen to undertake: he produces a full range of Riesling from sparkling to still, dry to sweet. He also experiments with varieties rarely seen in the region (I'm pretty sure we walked by a row or two of Sangiovese), grows several different clonal selections, and has a cellar filled with different-sized tanks and barrels: variety is key. During the visit, Ulli would walk from barrel to barrel piping samples, and would give the backstory for his inspiration for certain projects (often times born from late night conversations with friends). 'Ohne' means 'without', a title Ulli reserves for his wines made without adding sulfur, dosage, or filtering agents. The Sekt is 100% Riesling, savory, stony, austere and herbal, with oxidative notes of yellow apple and pear to round out the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $38.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

Von Racknitz 2011 Nahe Riesling Trocken Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle

Everything you'd expect and hope to find in Hermannshöhle is here: the multi-colored fruit tones; the kaleidescopic minerality; the racy minerality underlying it all. Texturally, though, this is way different than anything you've tasted before from this site. The vines of this excellent parcel are up to 50 years old and they provide the wine with a sense of depth and precision that nearly surpasses everything else in the portfolio. Hermannshöhle is one of the most storied vineyards in all of Germany with good reason, and we couldn't be happier to offer this new interpretation of what the site can give. -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $56.99

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white off-dry
  • 25 in stock
  • $25.99