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Adam, A.J. 2019 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Réserve

Dhroner Hofberg Trocken "Réserve" AP  no. 25945810921

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Breuer, George 2019 Rauenthal Estate Riesling Trocken

Bottled under screw cap. The palate is a very pale yellow with greenish flecks. Aromatically unrevealing verging on dumb upon opening. With air the nose reveal pretty aromas of white peach, Mirabelle plum, be pollen and herbs. The palate is a touch more expansive that of the Rudesheim Estate bottling, with a bit more gras, but slightly less tension. Notwithstanding, flavors of stone fruit, citrus peel, wet rock, and green tea dominate with notes of malt, pollen, and peach skin making up the balance of the profile. This is a touch more overtly ripe with a  suspicion of sweetness cloaking the salty, vibrant core of stone within. This is by no means flabby, but one does get the sense that with time in the cellar for the ripeness to integrate with the structure, this could really over-perform its class. A fine pairing with risotto with yellow peppers and green beans. Lovely bottle with plenty of charm and an excellent upside. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Busch, Clemens 2019 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Grosses Gewächs

The Marienburg GG comes an all from gray slate parcel. Fermented with native yeast. Aged in fuder, bottled with low sulfur. The 2019 Clemens Busch Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Großes Gewächs has a pale green-yellow robe. The nose offers an attractive array of wild flower and red fruit aromas, with hints of orange oil, ginger, and wet slate. The palate is concentrated and coiled, with ripe orchard fruit entwines with a firm mineral core on a long, persistent finish. This is only showing nascent complexity, but is showing great promise and should really begin strutting its stuff with another 3-5 years in the bottle and beyond. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Kiedricher Riesling Trocken 1.5L

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.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Krone Riesling Trocken 1.5L

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Krone Riesling Trocken

The Krone bottling feature slate soils with a limestone chalky substrate.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $154.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling

One of the top wines from Fricke, the 2020 Lorcher Schlossberg comes from organically farmed vines planted between the late 1930s and 1950s in grey slate and chalk with quartzite soils. Fermented with native yeasts in steel tanks followed by seven months of aging on fine lees. This is an off-dry expression of the site combining deep stoniness with gorgeously ripe fruit.

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Riesling Mélange Trocken

The 2020 Mélange is a blend  from various vineyard sites around Kiedrich, Eltville and Hattenheim.While it’s no secret that Eva Fricke makes stellar wines no matter the vagaries of the vintage, it’s often overlooked that her wines beyond being very much expressions of terroir are equally attuned to the variations in weather and consistently reflect that variable. Case in point the glorious 2020 Mélange—while the extroverted (and delicious) 2019 expression sang an aria that reverberated through the rafters, the current vintage is a masterful string quartet or perhaps piano trio; suave expression and assured balance are key here. And as much as I love—no adore—the 2019s there’s such articulation and confidence here and I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite. The current release has a yellow, hinting at gold robe. The nose while offering a bit off reduction upon opening rights itself and features aromas of quince, Rainier cherry, chamomile tea, yellow blossoms, and bee pollen. The palate is ripe and just hinting at lush, with an array of white and yellow stone fruit, acacia honey (were it not sweet), and golden apple flavors masterfully offset with a pleasing bit of phenolic bitterness—think pear skin and salt rather than quinine. The sappy richness is assured and countered by a driving stoniness that leaves the palate enlivened. This is a Riesling of vigor and drive and wears its ripeness well. There’s plenty of material here, but patience will be rewarded. Excellent with a nibble of 36 month Comté but better still with the preceding prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast with red wine lentils and sausage. Absent the scarcity of these wines, I’d counsel drinking a half dozen over the next 2 years and a polishing off the next 6 bottles 10-15 years from now. Truly beautiful and well worth seeking out. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

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

Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Mosel Escheburg Riesling Troken

Escheburg is a blend of ungrafted old vines (about 60 year-old) parcels from Immich-Batterieberg's grand crus.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's portion of the Ellergrub Grand Cru is 2.2 hectares is comprised of over 80-year-old ungrafted vined. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $44.99

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

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg Fass 12

Covered in eroded gray slate, the south-southwest facing Unterstenberg lieu-dit 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. Fermented to just off-dry in 2020.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg Fass 17

From midslope on the Kupp. Fermented nearly dry in 2020.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Riesling Kabinett Fass 87 "Special Edition"

Given the propensity of the vintage to produce wonderful Kabinetts, "Fass 87" is a village level Kabinett, if you will and a first time release for us.

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch Auslese

A fantastic Auslese from a warmer vintage: subtle and elegant nose of herbs and ripe citrus with no botrytis, the palate is layered and fresh, stone fruit and deep minerality with lemon candy and delicate florals. A bottle to cellar for at least ten years to begin to see the balance and intricacy of this wine. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 40 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $67.99

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

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $49.99

Stein, Ulli 2018 Mosel Cabernet Sauvignon 'vom Berg'

It still seems like the beginning to an odd wine story—but it’s 100% true—what happens when a soulful Mosel iconoclast plants Cabernet Sauvignon out of curiosity (not to mention thumbing his nose at the wine authorities) and a warming climate results in a beautiful wine? Well, I’m here to report for the second vintage in a row, we have a wine that will set both old school Cali Cab lovers and German wine nerds hearts aflutter. It’s the return of legitimately savory, fresh, mineral Cabernet. Boasting a just purple (not inky, thank you very much!) robe and a civilized 13.5% abv., this wine is clearly intended for the table. The nose is awash with aromas of black currant, hedge fruit, cigar box (oh, that cedar!), wet slate, and just a whiff of green olive. The palate is racy and herbaceous—but by no means lean—offering a pinpoint balance between sapid underbrush and stony notes and cool-toned blue and black fruit flavors with ripe tannins and mouthwatering acidity. And far from seeming austere, this shows great persistence and élan on a long and startlingly mineral finish. Nothing shouts or brags here, but as with most of Ulli’s wines there’s an extra dimension at play that surprises and delights, but also inspires an emotional response. That this frisson is tied to a Mosel Cabernet of all things is unexpected, but for Stein somehow completely in character. Lovely stuff and for folks who revel in iconoclasm and traditional (pre-90s) Cabernet, essential. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $72.99