Germany

Brand 2016 Pfalz Mythos Pur

Cabernet Mitos, a crossing of Blaufränkisch and Tenturier du Cher (a red-fleshed variety), was developed in 1970 partly to add color to blends and stand up to oak aging. If I'm deciphering my notes correctly, the Brand brother's parcel once belonged to a monastery with vines around 25 years in age. I really enjoy that Daniel and Jonas are taking the time to make these red wines that focus on overlooked varieties, often lost to blends. After twelve hours of maceration, the grapes are directly pressed and both fermentation and aging is in neutral barrique. As is standard of all their 'Pur' wines, the wine is unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured. A surprising note of herb-infused pickle brine perks up the nose and continues on the palate, along with juicy black plums, black pepper, and a savory meatiness framed by elegant texture and structure. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Sylvaner 'Elis' Pur

'Elis' is short for Elisabeth, the previous owner of this parcel of 78-year-old Sylvaner, grown on gravely, sandy soils; 50% of which was hand-harvested early and allowed to ferment on the skins for one week. Fermentation and aging in used barrel, no fining, no filtration, no problem (also no sulfur added). A very, very tiny amount made, and we've ended up with just a case. If you love Sylvaner (and you should), this is mandatory drinking. White tea, pear, quince skin on the nose, elegant and concentrated notes of apricot, quince, and white strawberry on the powerful, lengthy finish. An incredibly sophisticated wine from such young winemakers, we eagerly look forward to future vintages! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Cabernet Franc Pur

Cabernet Franc from the northern Pfalz? Hell ja! Daniel and Jonas got their hands on a clone with slightly looser bunches, which works well for this hot vineyard site (the vines are now five years old). I was able to try a new bottle and one that had been open for one and a half weeks, and both were stunning. Starting with cherries and salty capers on the nose, black and red plum on the medium-bodied palate, the wine proved to be deeply layered and elegant. The pre-opened bottle was still great, settled and soft, more black currant and plummy. A fascinating look into Pfalzer Cab Franc! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L

It's no secret, the wines of Daniel and Jonas Brand are getting better with every vintage and their pét-nats continue to be a solid go-to for pure drinking delight! I have blazed through many bottles since their arrival, and don't see myself stopping any time soon. France may take the credit for popularizing the style in the States, but pét-nats from Germany and Austria have been some of my favorite bubbly bottles to date! Their Pét-Nat Blanc comes from 30-year-old vines of Sylvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and has no sulfur added, and has just a bit more ripeness this vintage, with notes of Fuji apple, lees, pineapple, green strawberry and mango, white cherries, and a creamy mousse. Cheers to a job well done! Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with some biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions (none is used with their pét-nats or 'Pur' line). Their 2017 Pét-Nat Rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years-old). A pleasing, 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, and the bright acidity primes you for the next sip--incredibly thirst-quenching! This would be fun with a wide range of hors d'oeuvres, from gougères to potato chips to roasted beet crostini. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Wilder Satz Pur

The cherubic, young Bacchus is a nod to an old, carved-front barrel in town, lovingly drawn for the label by Daniel & Jonas Brand's Oma (grandmother) without color to delineate the series from other projects at the winery. The main difference being that all 'Pur' wines have absolutely no sulfur added during winemaking. Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Sylvaner (pre-harvest of Elis vineyard), Scheurebe, and whole bunch Riesling spend six months on the lees in stainless steel before bottling. This wine is incredibly delicious with just the right amount of texture to balance the flavors of salty yellow apricot, juicy yellow apple, white blossoms, yogurt, young ginger, and sour orange zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Wildrosé

'Wildrosé' has returned: your favorite 50-year-old vine Portugieser rosé that looks like a light red! I'd venture to say that fall/winter rosés are some of the most fun (and interesting) rosés out there, made for pairing with a slew of cuisines, heartier dishes like gratins, and, of course, pensive alone-time in front of a fireplace. Please invert the bottle for a few moments to let the lees integrate, and enjoy the resulting texture, swirling with red florals, raspberries and pomegranate, and slightly overripe wild strawberries, the kind that taste like lemons,  strawberries, and sunshine. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand NV (2016/2017) Pfalz Cuvée Flora Pur

Are you drinking enough Dornfelder? Did you have to think too long on that answer? Did you wonder, what is Dornfelder, and why am I missing out? Well, easy fix—'Cuvée Flora' has returned! This release is a blend of 2016 and 2017: '16 fermented on the skins for three weeks, '17 was semi-carbonic maceration. Fun fact about this Dornfelder is you're going to pour it into the glass, and as you swirl the deep, opaque liquid around, you'll notice it's practically staining your glass. Then you're going to wonder why we told you to put a slight chill on the wine as you gaze into its inky depths. Then you're going to try a sip and it will all make sense. Dornfelder was made to act as a blending grape to (mostly) add pigment to the lighter German red wines back in the mid-1950s and onward (it also happens to have great acidity and structure). When you break it down, Dornfelder is a crossing of Helfensteiner (Frühburgunder/Pinot Noir Précoce × Trollinger/Schiava Grossa) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch/Lemberger*)—all those parent grapes rule; and Dornfelder deserves its time in the spotlight! As the chill wears off a touch, scents of bramble fruit, red flowers, cantaloupe, cucumber, and raspberries proliferate. The palate has just enough structure and grip, balancing crunchy, red cranberry and strawberries, plums, savory herbs and white pepper. Cari Bernard  ((*grape parentage information taken from Wikipedia))

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Nonnengarten Fass 29 Riesling Trocken

A 'grand-cru' parcel to the right of the Marienburg, with red slate (rich in iron content), Nonnengarten is not made in every vintage. Dubbed the "Rheingau from the Mosel" by Clemens, the wine is bold with dark minerality and smoke, lime blossoms, apricot, green strawberries, and bright, zesty acidity. Fantastic! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Spätlese

Sourced from multiple sites on the Marienburg, this is the highest Prädikat Clemens produced in 2016. Fresh and light, this Spätlese drinks more like a Kabinett: the high acidity balancing the notes of ripe peach, mango, and strawberry candy with a delicate touch--a testament to the charming elegance of the 2016 vintage. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Riesling Trocken (alter) Native

Riesling with extended skin-maceration time can sometimes lose its footing, falling into the spectrum of 'cidery'. And of course there's a place for that, but it's very exciting to find wines that still hold onto the acidity and balance of fruit and minerality. Clemens has hit this note, with the 2016 vintage of the (alter) Native—we see extended skin maceration and the wine spends 15 months sur lie in large old German oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Decant for at least a half hour to fully enjoy the subtle texture with heady notes of caramel, burnished peach, yellow apple, white blossom, balanced by juicy nectarine and vibrant tangerine acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $33.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

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

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
  • 22 in stock
  • $40.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

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! Pair with grilled Thai curry squid, crab cakes over a citrus salad. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $36.99

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

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $38.99

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

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 30 in stock
  • $40.99

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $54.99

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

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

  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $57.99

Vetter 2015 Franken Sylvaner Muschelkalk GK

The GK stands for Gambacher Kalbenstein, a terraced vineyard site that has concentrations of both colored sandstone and limestone. Because of this duality, Stefan has made two different wines, each one focused on the grapes grown on the predominant soil type. This is the Muschelkalk bottling (only 300L made), sourced from the shell limestone part of the Kalbenstein, from vines around 50 to 60 years in age. The grapes are pressed in a basket press and stay on the lees for 18 months in used barrel (Thank you jfr for the technical info!). Please decant 45 minutes to an hour to fully enjoy the white tropical blossoms, soft mango, sweet ginger spice, and orchids wafting up from the glass. The wine develops a fantastic harmony of the slightest hint of oxidation with fresh notes of Gala apple, kiwi, green plum, quince, and underripe pear, rhubarb tartness and salted lemonade tempered by a slightly unctuous body and the grounding flavor of green tea leaves on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

Weiser-Künstler 2017 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

Alexandra Künstler and Konstantin Weiser are farming close to 4 hectares organically in the Mosel; a true labor of love, as the sites here are punishingly steep, and the risk of losing grapes to frost and mildew damage is high. Their 'estate' Riesling is a perennial favorite among the staff here at the shop, for both drinkability and value! Technically a ‘dry tasting’ Riesling, so just a touch of residual sugar is balanced by electric acidity to give it tension and an incredible drinkability! Juicy and bright, with notes of peaches, green apple, nectarines, and a salinity that brings you back for another sip! This is a truly delightful wine to pair with the whole spread this Thanksgiving, and fantastic to wake up the palate when fatigue sets in. Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $52.99