Germany

Adam, A.J. 2015 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Has' chen Kabinett

Acquired in 2014, Dhroner Has'chen is a terraced monopole of ungrafted vines planted in 1933, east-facing and slightly cooler, being shaded from the sun from mid-afternoon onward. High-toned, green, fresh scents on the nose with notes of white cherry and pink grapefruit, the palate is a touch more tropical, yet still has  a lightness and edge. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

Adam, A.J. 2015 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Spätlese

Andreas is working around 30 different plots on this mostly south-facing hill, a small portion of which remains terraced. No ungrafted vines remain, but these are still old vines, being planted in 1953. Andreas spoke about the grapes for the Spätlese as being small in size, but not in compact bunches, with violet skins. 2015 gave grapes with no botrytis, which was perfect for Andreas, who believes Spätlese with botrytis can verge on being 'baroque'. This is a Spätlese with lift: incredibly floral on the nose with a vibrant palate bursting with peach, mango, honey and stone, candied orange peel and grapefruit zest. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic

Dreissigacker 2010 Rheinhessen Bechtheim Geyersberg Ries Trocken 1.5 L

Encouraged by the interest shown for the the initial release of his wines, Jochen agreed to send a limited number of magnums stateside. The 2010 Geyersberg in this larger format shows all minerality, one would expect from the vintage and all the added depth of flavor that magnums can offer. It shines a rich, brilliant golden yellow in the glass, while the nose is equally compelling. Aromas of lilacs, ripe red peaches, starfruit, and lemon zest are interlaced with star anise, freshly ground ginger, and smoky tones. The palate is refined, ethereal, and its towering minerality glides effortlessly. Fine floral notes are followed by a crescendo of Meyer lemon, cardamom, and star anise leading to a smoky, perfectly ripe nectarine finish. This is powerful and nuanced, dry Riesling! - David Salinas

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $156.99

Dreissigacker 2012 Rheinhessen Westhofen Kirchspiel Ries Trocken 1.5 L

The return of Dreissigacker's Kirchspiel has been eagerly awaited and in addition to the standard format 2013; we couldn't be more excited to release this 2012 magnum. A comparative tasting of the two speaks, beautifully, to the stature of this limestone-rich site and the aging potential of this wine could not clearer. The nose offers floral, herbal and petrol aromas with highlights of hyacinth, wisteria, oleander, spearmint, cardamom, and smoky tones. The palate is finely filigreed, balanced, and weighty with touches of tart lemon/lime sorbet, menthol, and star anise before a lilting grapefruit and floral finish. Classically Kirchspiel, this wine also expresses the kaleidoscope nuance and vintage variation that is to be expected from a great vineyard and a masterful grower. - David Salinas

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Enderle and Moll 2015 Baden Grauburgunder

Skin-contact Pinot Gris with texture and bite, quite the departure from light, crisp Pinot Grigio, with vibrant flavors of rich apricot, apples and cinnamon, and dried black tea leaves. The rich texture and warming, savory qualities pair well with the deep, rustic flavors found in many classic Thanksgiving dishes: from gravy-laced mashed potatoes, to chestnut-studded stuffing with roasted apples. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2015 Baden Müller-Thurgau Müller

Müller-Thurgau from both estate vineyards and fruit from Stefan Steinmetz, fermented on 25% of the skins for 5-6 months. Tropical aromatics and orange oil on the nose, the palate is tart and savory with notes of golden raisin, yellow apple, sandalwood, and juicy pineapple. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2015 Baden Müller-Thurgau Pur

Made with purely estate fruit, the nose is slightly darker than the regular Müller-Thurgau, with notes of overripe pineapple and savory herbs. The palate has a great chalky texture with notes of bruised apples, dried orange peel, and zesty starfruit. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Herrenberg Riesling Sekt Brut

Made with grapes from a section of the Herrenberg, with more than 12 months spent on the lees in bottle, this Sekt is just asking to be popped for any occasion (A birthday! A Tuesday! Apéro!). Crisp and flinty, but also leesy on the nose, the palate is fresh and lively, with stone fruit, young ginger, fennel bulb, and a brisk minerality. Cheers! Cari Bernard

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

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Herrenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese Trocken

Semi-carbonic, from grapes planted in the 1980s; the wine doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation, so there is still a bright malic, green note. The Webers made a deliberate choice to print ‘Spätlese’ on the label to confirm that there was no chaptalization of the must. The wine is fresh and tart, with notes of red apple skin, pomegranate, red flowers and cherries, balanced by just a touch of umami savoriness. This is your new summer red, with taught acidity and bright flavors. This can also be your fall red, to pair with those transitional dishes that still harken back to summer, but are a touch more warming. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

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

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

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $199.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Zeppwingert Riesling

Eight terraces of old-vine Riesling planted in weathered gray slate, along the steep slope of the Starkenburger hang, provide the fruit for this pale straw yellow single-vineyard wine. Aromas of sultanas, hickory, and hyssop give the Zeppwingert a distinctly memorable nose. The palate is lifted by a zippy minerality that carries notes of cinnamon and coconut water through to a bitter orange pith finish. David Salinas

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

A quick walk from the estate, Steffensberg is the warmest site, boasting both gray and red slate with deeper soil. Gernot works a total of 1.5 hectares spread between some of the finest plots with mostly ungrafted vines. Portions of the hillside have been partially replanted due to Flurbereinigung (a remodeling/restructuring of the vineyards, adding access roadways and consolidating plots) starting in the 1960s. The warmth of Steffensberg comes through as fragrant, ripe peach and mango on the nose. The palate is structured with some weight, with notes of slightly less-ripe peach and strawberry, lemon zest, and green herbs. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Zeppwingert Riesling

Although the Zeppwingert surrounds the Batterieberg on three sides, this wine is only made from grapes harvested on the eight terraces jutting out on the right flank of the Batterieberg. Soils are richer here, with dark gray slate and ungrafted vines upwards of 100-years-old and beyond. Tasted after being opened for three days, the wine is highly expressive, with notes of peaches, stone, citrus oil, beeswax, and orange blossom on the nose. The wine is vibrant and balanced, with hints of green herbs, mango, peach, and dark stone--showing great power and length. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2008 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Kabinett Trocken

This is a fun one: Library Release Kabinett Trocken from K-R, direct from the estate to our cellar and hopefully to yours. We love Kabinett Trocken from cooler vintages at K-R such as this and 2010. Actually, we love pretty much everything the estate did in 2008, a vintage characterized by bright acidity, freshness and floral tones. All old casks and old-fashioned winemaking from our favorite staunchly traditional estate in the Pfalz. A joy to drink with a little age on it as well. -jfr

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

Lauer, Peter 1992 Saar Riesling Sekt Reserve

100% Riesling, méthode traditionnelle, hand-riddled, aged on the lees for over two decades, and disgorged in September 2016 with zero dosage, this is a truly unique offering spanning two generations of the Lauer family. The nose gives notes of seashells, stone, beeswax, underripe starfruit, lanolin and sweet grass. On the palate the wine is incredibly vinous and savory, with vibrant acidity and a complex range of flavors - from lime zest, green apple skin, and greengage plum, to Seville orange peel, thyme, and orange blossom water. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

Lauer, Peter 2015 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

I've heard Ayler Kupp described as looking much like a whale, its long, broad back extending at length with a steep slope downward into the valley. I thoroughly enjoy the comparison, and when I was standing on the insane precipice at Schonfels looking across the valley at the Kupp, I kept glancing at the mammoth green beast, just hoping for some sort of evidence of breathing. Unterstenberg is a site near the bottom of the Kupp, which makes for higher water retention in the soil and an accumulation of eroded slate. Creamy, vegetal, floral, and a touch of petrol on the nose, the wine is spicy and powerful, with bright notes of nectarine skin, and yellow apricot, the finish is long, saline, and fruity.  Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

Lauer, Peter 2015 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. Florian cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012. 2015 is the second vintage from this predominately southeast-facing site where large, gray slate stones litter the ground between the vines. Floral with nectarine skin on the nose, the wine is practically vibrating, shimmering with acidity and tension. The palate is a touch more linear and lighter than the Fass 8 Kabinett, with fresh flavors of ripe nectarine, floral stems and petals, salinity and finely-integrated residual sugar. Serve before your Thanksgiving feast to whet the appetite! Cari Bernard

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

Lauer, Peter 2015 Saar Riesling Saarfeilser GG (Fass 13)

Lauer's warmest Grand Cru vineyard with predominately gravel soils, the Saarfeilser GG is dense and creamy (for a Lauer wine), herbal and floral, balanced by tart nectarine skin. A fascinating and elegant balance of rich texture and bright acidity, this wine is poised to develop beautifully with time. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $55.99

Lauer, Peter 2015 Saar Riesling Fass 8 Kabinett

Not made every vintage, this is a great foil to the Lambertskirch Kabinett, with soil and grass (instead of flowers) on the nose, and a ripe, dense palate. All that being said, this is still Lauer here, so expect high-tones of lemon zest, with ripe peaches and nectarines--positively vibrant. Cari Bernard

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

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $58.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

Vetter 2013 Franken Sylvaner Sandstein "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 sandstone bottling, which makes for an expressively textural wine. Floral with apricots and peaches on the nose, the palate is savory and spiced with notes of bergamot and yellow apple. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Muschelkalk Terrassen

As the name would suggest, the vines are on terraces with limestone soils with vines at around 30 years of age. Whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in old barrel, unfiltered. Tropical aromas of starfruit mix with freshly milled pine; the palate is lively, fresh, and layered with texture, minerality, flavors of green mango and greengage plum. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic

Vetter 2015 Franken Sparkling Apple Cider

Made from an assortment of Franconian apple varieties, with second fermentation in the bottle, and no sulfur added; the nose is oxidative, with hints of brown butter and apple blossom. The palate is savory and tart, balanced with notes of burnt caramel, yellow apple and a stony minerality: think savory like Asturian sidra but with more bubbles and darker tones. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vollenweider 2010 Mosel Riesling Kröver Steffensberg Auslese GKA

A vision to behold, golden-hued with a luscious viscosity in the glass. Aromas of honey, wet stone, seashells, and nectarine skin greet you well before your nose meets the glass.  The vintage really shows itself as the acidity shimmers through the notes of baked peaches, marmalade, saffron, and key lime juice. Totally transcendent now, this wine will continue to age gracefully! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

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 great gift bottle for those who wait! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white off-dry
  • 40 in stock
  • $31.99

Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese

More herbal and savory in contrast to the floral nose of the Goldgrube Kabinett, the palate boasts a ripeness level alongside a level of acidity that Daniel says is like nothing he's had before. I found the Goldgrube to have a nice balance in contrast to the Steffensberg Spätlese; again the acidity is high, but the wine is rich and textured without being weighty, flavors of dried apricots, citron, orange blossom and green herbs make for a complex, cellar-worthy Spätlese! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 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. (Picture: Von Racknitz' parcels in the Klamm are on the right. On the left? Not so much....)-jfr

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 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 sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

Weiser-Künstler 2014 Mosel Riesling Zeppwingert Sekt

Riesling from the Zeppwingert vineyard, old vines on steep slopes of weathered blue and gray slate. Made in the Méthode Champenoise with very low dosage. This Sekt is balanced and bright with notes of brioche and lime blossom, apricot, peaches, with a crisp acidity and lingering finish of lemon oil and yellow flowers. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99