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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
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $46.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

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
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

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
  • 4 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, rich pâtés, vegetable gratin, turkey or ham! Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 10 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#11. Andrew Farquhar

  • white
  • 1 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
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

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
  • 40 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2008 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Ries Auslese Trocken 'R'

Very rich and intense stone fruit nose, with much deeper aromatics than you'd expect from the normally reserved 2008s, but that just speaks to the fastidious selection for the Auslese 'R'. The acidity is prominent but not as much as in the '09 Spätlese; here it's layered deep beneath crisp fruit layers of such rich, fleshy fruits as nectarine and persimmon. As with many of these, it's very elegant, very long and just beautiful. Among the most youthful of the whole lot as well. -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Grapes from Saumagen, Annaberg, and Steinacker--the whole range of Koehler-Ruprecht's vineyards. Even from a ripe vintage in the Pfalz, there's still a vibrancy and freshness amongst the juicy notes of peach and apricot, yuzu, grapefruit, and mango on the palate. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $18.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Annaberg Chardonnay Spatlese Trocken

The grapes come from the Annaberg, a vineyard of mostly sandstone soils, but the Chardonnay is planted on the western portion that has predominately chalk soils and ample shade, so the grapes ripen slowly. The warmth of the vintage manifests as a fantastic density of fruit (green apple, nectarine, green strawberry tartness) and luxurious texture with the tension of bright, malic acidity and stony, salty minerality. A fascinating iteration of Chardonnay! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $32.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht farms a southeast-facing parcel that lies within the boundaries of the original Saumagen vineyard area; a storied, grand cru site with calcareous limestone soils. True alchemy in the glass, weighty and concentrated yet totally luminous! The intense flavors of mango, peach, and cinnamon linger and one can't help but see this as a mini-R bottling--very age-worthy. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $72.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprecht's grand cru site. Grapes grown in the Steinacker lend themselves well to the off-dry style of wines. Ripe and dense notes of rich citron and warming nutmeg spice mingle with sweet peach nectar and tangerine on the lingering finish. Cari Bernard

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

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
  • 44 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! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 39 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
  • 4 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
  • 24 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
  • 19 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
  • 4 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $43.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

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
  • 22 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
  • 23 in stock
  • $37.99

Melsheimer 2015 Mosel Riesling Pet-Nat 'Rurale'

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. Sparkling wine accounts for 20 percent of Thorsten's production; he's been making serious, elegant Sekt since the early eighties. We are very excited to offer his Pet-Nat 'Rurale': made from biodynamically-grown Riesling and Johanniter, with no added sulfur. The wine has a lively, creamy mousse with notes of golden and green apple, ginger, orange zest, peach skin and yellow apricot with a lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

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

Müller-Catoir 1991 Pfalz Haardter Herrenletten Gewürztraminer Eiswein 375 ml

What to serve with all sorts of warming, rich, spiced desserts? Gewürztraminer Eiswein! Grown on loamy soils with limestone and clay in the Haardter Herrenletten, left to freeze in the winter and harvested with an intense level of sugars and acidity. We were lucky to grab some of these from a private cellar, but haven't been able to try them yet! However, all signs point to this bottle being an awesome pairing for the sweeter end of your holiday table! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple--a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

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

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 1.5 L

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple-- a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $143.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $83.99

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

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

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

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $56.99

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99