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Basserman-Jordan 2021 Pfalz La Vie Rosé Trocken

(Arrives 5/24) A selection of Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet from the Pfalz. This jaunty and vibrant "rosé de macercation" boasts a pale ruby robe with high-toned aromatics and a zesty wild berry palate. 

  • rosé
  • 35 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 43 in stock
  • $21.99

Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. 2020 Pfalz Riesling Hommage à Luise

A blend of biodynamically farmed grapes from cool sites near the forest in Wachenheim and fermented to just off-dry, the Hommage à Luise offers attractive of nose of white peach, apple mint, and cinnamon. The racy, just mid-weight palate hews the line between Kabinett and Feinherb sweetness, with juicy stone fruit and red apple flavors astride a fine bead of limestone minerality  proceeding to a brisk, zesty finish. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Kiedrich Riesling Trocken

A blend from several organically farmed parcels around Kiedrich comprised of varying soils including sand, loam, loess, quartzite, and slate. Fermented with native yeasts in tank with 8 months on the fine lees (per importer).  Bottled as a Trocken QbA in 2020.

The Elektrik Kool-Aid quartzite test. I often wonder how some wines can manage such complexity and electricity in just a simple swirl of the glass and  sip. And yet here we are; thee 2020 Kiedrich from Eva Fricke offers seemingly kaleidoscopic detail and a crackling energy all its own. The wine is a pale green-tinged yellow. The nose is zesty and a bit wild, with aromas of sea spray, lemon and lime peel, bracken and green apple skin. The palate is ripe, but chiseled and sinewy, more electric circuit than mere steel, and while is seems to be nearly careening across the palate, the kaleidoscopic bus continues to pick up passengers. Dark, stone, salt lick, cut glass, limoncello, 9-volt battery and spearmint flavors all freak freely and it works. The finish dances exuberantly across the palate and with abandon, yet this energy seems elemental and ecstatic at the same time. There’s a lot of joy here. Turn on, Trocken, drop out! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's portion of the Ellergrub Grand Cru is 2.2 hectares and comprised of over 80-year-old ungrafted vines. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. Ellergrub is a fascinating terroir that year after year shines in the cellars of two of our favorite Mosel (or really any) growers: Weiser-Kunstler and Immich-Batterieberg. In each we observe a profoundly mineral and grounded character ( as likely due to the ungrafted old vines as the painstakingly meticulous, organic viticulture from both growers). Further, each seems to elicit ebullient aromatics and startlingly expressive fruit in every vintage.  Tasting both every year is akin to comparing Parker to Coltrane or Mick Taylor to Ron Wood in the Stones, both excellent, if different. The Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Ellergrub boasts a yellow, hinting at gold, robe. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 which blows off with a bit of air. The nose is effusive (verging on extravagant) and decidedly floral, with pretty aromas of yellow blossoms, russet apple, apricot nectar, and marzipan. The palate is ripe and concentrated (the vines are over 80 years old, after all) and has fine “sap” to borrow an expression from the French, and is just barely off-dry. But beneath the ripeness is a profoundly steely, stony core that marries a freshening acidity to a salty mineral character that buoys the ripe, expressive fruit. And while this is clearly showing its youth, this has fine bones and has the structure to age seamlessly once it has the chance to knit. Satisfying now, but 7-10 years in the cellar should reveal a truly magnificent expression of the Ellergrub vineyard and the superlative 2019 vintage. This is superb and not to be missed. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic

Jakob Tennstedt 2018 Mosel Riesling Perlmutt

Though this is bottled under the name Perlmutt,this derives from the cool Taubenhaus parcel that has Tennstedt has subsequently given up as too much work even on this small scale. The 2018 has a yellow-golden robe (some skin contact, one presumes). The nose is redolent of bee pollen, bees wax, chamomile, spearmint, and bergamot. Decidedly dry and sinuous, with stone fruit and apple skin flavors underlain with salty and iron-like mineral structure and striking acidity for the vintage and a long incandescent finish. What is so surprising is the dynamism and energy here. There's an aliveness that's hard to describe, but it's compelling and beckons the next sip. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jakob Tennstedt 2019 Mosel Riesling Valke

From a lower parcel in the Ungsberg,  Valke, named after the Kestrel, is perhaps the wildest and most profoundly umami of the Tennstedt wines. The robe is a more burnished than the Musari from just up the hill. The nose offers aromas of acacia, dashi, orange oil, iron, and a touch of Chenin-like wooly notes.The palate is concentrated, and for lack of a better word intense, with a steely attack and a broad, muscular, mid-palate that offers a nearly operatic flurry of both savory and pure fruit notes.  The concentration here begs for attention and that attention is rewarded as the wine seems to shapeshift between stone fruit and pungent earth and even gamy flavors. It's a bit overwhelming yet truly compelling, akin to hearing Ornette Coleman or Schoenberg for the first time and recognizing the greatness of what you are hearing even if you don't quite get it. One of the most singular wines I've tasted and one that I can't quite get out of my head. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic

Melsheimer 2020 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese. Off dry, and high-toned with a fine bead of mineral character within, brimming with energy and perfect for the soft shell crab, flowering chives, or soy sauce noodles at Great New York Noodletown, or your favorite neighborhood Chinese spot.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Molitor, Markus 2016 Mosel Riesling Alte Reben 'White Capsule'

Sourced from old vine parcels in Ürzig and Zeltingen in the Mittelmosel. The 2016 Alte Reben from Molitor displays a pale yellow, hinting at gold, robe. The nose offers pretty aromas of white flowers, citrus blossom, spices, and peach skin. The mid-weight palate has a zesty mineral attack, followed by a flush of ripe stone fruit flavors and filigree of cool crushed herbs, culminating in a long sapid, mouthwatering finish. Though dry, this is by no means austere and will charm on its own, though I'd love to give this a whirl with sautéed scallops in brown butter atop a celery root purée or morels and English peas stewed in butter. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11 375ml

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The Graacher Domprobst Spätlese Ap 10 comes from selected parcels across the the vineyard. The deep clays beneath the weathered Devonian slate insure against hydric stress in warm vintages. The 2020 offers a bit of reduction upon opening giving way to intoxicating aromas of white peach nectar, Cara Cara orange peel, exotic spices, and smoke. Lush stone fruit and citrus oil flavors are underlain by a pleasingly zesty thread of acidity lending drive and energy to the layered and lingering finish. The complexity here is already impressive, but time in the cellar will reveal more stony nuance and fruit expression. John McIlwain

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

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Krover Riesling Steffsberg Spatlese

From vines that are 40+ years old and picked at 103° Oechsle and fermented to 90 g/l residual sugar. The 2019 Kröver Steffensberg Riesling Spätlese has a pale yellow green robe. The nose is airy and lifted offering cool minty and sweet herbal aromas (Spring in a glass) giving way to scents of apple blossom, a white peach nectar, and wet slate. The palate is chiseled and taut on the attack, brimming with salty mineral notes with ripe flavors of white cherry, apple skin, and Meyer lemon oil radiating outward. This is already layered and offering nascent complexity, but oh! what a bright future this has once the structural elements harmonize. Gorgeous! John McIlwain

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

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Riesling Kröver Steffensberg Auslese GKA

The  stellar 2019er Kröver Steffensberg Riesling Auslese GK was made from 80% botrytized fruit picked at 126° Oechsle, and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (145 g/l) (per Mosel Fine Wines). The robe is a pale gold, The nose offers beguiling aromas of pear nectar, orange oil, quince, peach skin, and honeysuckle. The palate is rich and supple verging on unctuous, with magnificent honeyed notes and juicy stone fruit flavors with a streak of freshening acidity rippling beneath. The crystalline mineral character buoys the sweetness and and adds an almost racy character to the finish. This is a stellar Auslese and should age brilliantly for 25+ years. John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Riesling Kröver Steffensberg Auslese GKA 375ml

The  stellar 2019er Kröver Steffensberg Riesling Auslese GK was made from 80% botrytized fruit picked at 126° Oechsle, and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (145 g/l) (per Mosel Fine Wines). The robe is a pale gold, The nose offers beguiling aromas of pear nectar, orange oil, quince, peach skin, and honeysuckle. The palate is rich and supple verging on unctuous, with magnificent honeyed notes and juicy stone fruit flavors with a streak of freshening acidity rippling beneath. The crystalline mineral character buoys the sweetness and and adds an almost racy character to the finish. This is a stellar Auslese and should age brilliantly for 25+ years. John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $87.99

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GKA 375ml

The 2019 Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Auslese GKA was made from fully botrytized fruit picked at 128° Oechsle, and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (140 g/l) per the indispensable Mosel Fine Wines. If the Spätlese from the vintage is effusive on the nose, the Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GKA is downright ebullient with an riot of beautiful floral aromatics with, red fruit, spice and a creamy character following. The palate is poised, nervy, and vibrant with snappy energy and deep mineral cut belying the noble sweetness with juicy stone fruit, acacia honey, passionfruit and creaminess carry across the lip-smacking finish. This is already verging on profound and will age beautifully for decades. One of the finest bottles we've ever tasted from Vollenweider. Glorious! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

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

Vollenweider 2019 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese #2

The 2019 Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese (AP 02 20) sourced from old vines in the Wolfer Goldgrube, picked at 96° Oechsle  fermented down to 96 g/l residual sugar. This is a beautiful Spätlese balancing flinty/stony  notes and magnificent floral aromas on the nose giving way to lush stone fruit and Cara Cara orange peel. The palate shows the ripeness of the vintage (and a touch of botrytis) but has an electric core of acidity lending focus and dazzling energy to the long, lingering, harmonious finish. This is a beautiful bottle now, but 5 to 10 years in the cellar to allow the elements to knit should be rewarded handsomely in complexity and nuance. Highly recommended! John McIlwain


  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $72.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $69.99