Germany

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Auslese

Andreas and his sister Barbara are 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. No botrytis in 2018, this is a beautiful Auslese for holding onto, really well-balanced. Incredible intensity with mineral cut, tart, zesty starfruit, peach candy, wild strawberries and cream. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese

 When this was first tasted in the summer of 2019, it needed to shake some of its SO2 on the nose, but that will just take time. Beyond the SO2 are delicate, beautiful florals. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and cassis. I have 'great' underlined twice in my notes. This is a wine to age, or if opening now, do so about a half-hour early and pair with spicy foods or cheese plates. Cari Bernard

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

Beurer, Jochen 2017 Württemberg Riesling Schilfsandstein

Jochen Beurer produces this dry and balanced Riesling from Jurrasic limestone and sandstone terraces in Swabia. The 2017 has nice intensity and verve on the attack, and good weight and length on the finish.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and are now fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. Their Pét-Nat Blanc is made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone.

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé

Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Portugieser, with no added SO2. Totally dry, with a prickly, energetic mousse bolstering flavors of red grapefruit, tart crushed cranberries, wild strawberries and red hibiscus.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Collective Z 2018 Pfälzer Landwein Sylvaner Kalkoven Unfiltriert

Silvaner from the Leistadt subregion in the Pfalz. “Kalkofen” (chalk oven), is a warm, limestone-rich site. Grapes are fermented in large barrels, with 2 days of skin contact, and long aging on the lees. For fans of cloudy, unfiltered whites, search no farther, and for fans of Silvaner (Sylvaner), this is definitely recommended.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $31.99

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

Dreissigacker 2018 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

Jochen Dreissigacker took over his family's estate in 2001 and began to steer the vineyards towards organic farming, which are now certified as such. Their entry-level trocken is a sourced from a mix of estate and purchased grapes (all organic), from mostly south/southeast-facing sites on loess and loam. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, Jochen Dreissigacker was able to preserve a wonderful freshness and balance. This is a delightfully refreshing Riesling, with brisk acidity and notes of lush nectarines, tangerine juice and zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Pinot Noir 'Buntsandstein'

Note from importer website:  Buntsandstein is “colored sandstone” – the vines here are a bit younger, somewhere around 60 years old. This wine is a bit wider, a bit more enveloping. On the palate the general register is similar to the Muschelkalk, yet it is more silky, a little more serpentine in structure. It shows a really lovely spectrum of red fruit on the palate really well integrated into soil and spice and structure. Probably showing the most complete right now though still very young.  - (thanks for Stephen Bitterolf for the note)

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison'

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. Stephen Bitterolf of Vom Boden (the US importer of Enderle & Moll) wrote the following note on the 2018:  “Liason” is something like the “1er Cru” bottling for Enderle & Moll. This wine is deep; we’re talking Mariana Trench deep... The nose goes from strawberry and raspberry all the way to dark, earthy crushed berry and cassis; this is an example of a wine with just superb density and definition. The glycerin-rich fruit coats the herbal, kitchen spice aromatics that the whole range flaunts, yet here it is better integrated than in almost any bottle other than the Grand Cru “Muschelkalk.” The palate is wound up, coiled up, taut and angry. The relative generosity and depth of the nose is turned inward here, showing phenolics and minerality and super-fine tannins. Fun to drink now with food, this is going to develop into perhaps one of the best Liasons from Enderle & Moll. Try and be patient; if drinking young, decant.  (Thanks for the note Stephen!)

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $21.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

This wine is sourced from a portion of a 1.1 hectare monopol within the Zeppwingert; created during the winters of 1841-1845 by blasting through the gray slate and quartzite with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha).Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel C.A.I. Riesling Trocken

C.A.I. stands for Carl August Immich, owner of the estate in the 19th century, who used gunpowder charges to blast out part of the mountainside in order to plant vines. Grapes from vineyards in the Mosel and Saar valleys, vinified in stainless steel. Although we enjoy this every year, 2017 has been a great vintage of the C.A.I. following the leaner cut of 2016. Notes from right after bottling, last year: blue cheese and stone, vibrant and fruity with notes of Fuji apple, peach, and nectarine, such great texture, good weight but stays lively on the palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Viewable 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. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Knauss 2019 La Boutanche Riesling Trocken 1 L

You read that right, La Boutanche from Andi Knauss! A fun and easy liter of dry Riesling; very linear, mineral, and tart with notes of lemon zest and juice, peach blossom, yellow apricot, and underripe nectarine.

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Knauss 2019 Württemberg Boutanche Trollinger 1L

For a light, happy red that can be easily drunk in far more quantity than is appropriate, the Trollinger from Andi Knauss in Württemberg has quickly become a favorite. Plus, it comes in a handy 1-liter size so the party just keeps on going and going. Seriously, though, this wine is made of what the Italians would call Schiava, but to us it's more like a fresh Poulsard or Beaujolais-Villages. There's acidity to spare but it's tempered by a burst of bright, juicy, brilliant fruit.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koch, Holger 2018 Baden Spätburgunder Kaiserstuhl

The Spätburgunder is made from a parcel of 60-70 year-old vines planted by Holger's father. Koch does not chaptalize, though it is both legal and common in Baden, and so he relies upon his stellar vineyard work and grape selection. Tasted on arrival this August, it has ripe crunchy red fruit, and shows length with time open. A good decant seems like it might help, as aeration allowed the young and fruity characteristics to calm down a bit.

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Trocken

Stephan Kraemer and his family tend 70 hectares of crops (grains, vegetables, sunflowers) and also care for cows and bees. On top of this they have four hectares of vines between two locations: Tauberzeller Hasennestle and Röttinger Feuerstein. They've been organically certified since 1990. Stephan works steep hillside sites and terraced vineyards, and has a focus on working with regional grapes, from Silvaner and Riesling, to lesser-known varieties like Regent and Bacchus. This wine is sourced from a mix of 18 and 50 year-old Silvaner vines from parcels on limestone and silex soils. The grapes are destemmed, directly pressed and spontaneously ferment/age in stainless tank. The wine stays on the lees until bottling and only between 20-25 ppm of SO2 is added. This is great Silvaner! Crisp and bright with some weight on the mid-palate. Notes of green and white apples, and freshly cut herbs, with just a whisper of salinity on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lardot, Philip 2018 Mosel Landwein Riesling der Hirt

A bit of a cult following for the Lardot wines, rightly so, as they are stunning. Trocken, perfectly dry, with just enough density to hold together the vinous acidity and mineral cut. Very balanced wine, and a dry Riesling that makes you stop in your tracks for a moment and wallow in it's beauty. Philip Lardot is a young winemaker, previously cellar hand at Clemens Busch, and mentee of Uli Stein, arguably the two most influential figures in low-intervention winemaking in Germany.  Der Hirt is sourced from a south-facing Mosel vineyard called Valwiger Herrenberg, but is labeled as a Landwein. The wine is aged in 225 and 500 liter barrels for 12 months on full lees and then six months in stainless steel. Minimal SO2 before bottling.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lauer, Peter 2018 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, with slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. When we tried the wine a few months ago, it was showing a bit more reticence than expected (but we assume that's an unfortunate side-effect from tasting suitcase-carried bottles right after arrival). Subtle notes of green herb stems, delicate florals, and juicy orange, balanced with just a hint of sweetness. We look forward to re-visiting this bottle! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

The grapes for this GG come only from mid-slope Ayler Kupp, at the turn of the hill. This legendary location makes for age-worthy wines with verve and complexity. CB

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

Lauer, Peter 2019 Saar Riesling Barrel X

Sourced from multiple vineyards in the Saar. It's pretty raw and wintry at the time of this writing, but Spring is here even if we feel like bulbs yet to sprout and bloom this year. But it’s a new vintage of Barrel X from Lauer and this is just the tonic to wake the dormant soul. The nose is a touch reticent upon opening, but by no means mute or buried under sponti or reduction. A brisk decant and aromas of white flowers, citrus peel, and green tea emerge. The palate is lithe and racy, a cool rill dancing over smooth stones. Fresh orchard fruits and a savory mineral character are given a sense of energy by the fresh, punchy acidity. This is designated feinherb, but this indicates charm rather than any overt sweetness. And this is charming in a wonderfully familiar way, beckoning for another sip, another glass shared between friends. Someday soon. Cracking with Asparagus and morel ragout. And I look forward to enjoying a bottle with some softshell crab or shad roe, while we're in a Spring state of mind.  John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Longuicher Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett

The Loewen family's parcel is higher up on the Longuicher Herrenberg, here the slope is Devonian slate, with some volcanic elements and home to some ungrafted vines planted in 1902. A fantastic Kabinett, with gardenias and other white flowers on the nose, the palate is brisk and saline, with ripe mango, apricot, tangerine, and tart green plum on the finish. Cari Bernard

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Matthias Klein, Jan 2019 Mosel Kröv Little Bastard White Blend

Jan Matthias Klein is the 7th generation winemaker at Staffelter Hof, in Kröv, Middle Mosel, a long-standing estate with a total of 9 hectares. The 'Little Bastard' is an example of his more recent forays into natural wine. The steep, slate vineyards are farmed organically, which is not business as usual in the Mosel. Little Bastard White Blend is Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Muscat, all spontaneously fermented in stainless and then aged in old fuder separately. Blended and bottled unfiltered with no added sulfur, this is a delightful skin-contact white for everyday enjoyment. Just enough texture to balance the heady tropical fruit and floral notes, with flavors of peach and tart apricot coming through from the Riesling.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there!! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there (will age even longer en magnum)! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $152.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family still only farms 4.2 hectares, the majority of which tower behind their hometown of Graach (2 ha on Domprobst, 2 ha on Himmelreich), as well as .2 ha on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, all in total, they work over 100 separate parcels. Graacher Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) is home to Devonian slate soils (blue/gray) with a south/southwest exposition; the Himmelreich and its neighboring vineyard the Domprobst both have access to a unique network of underground water veins that bring a cooling element and much needed support to the vines on this fairly warm site. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder. In contrast to the incredibly low yields of 2017, 2018 was practically a bumper crop (I exaggerate). Delightfully floral on the nose, the Himmelreich is creamy and medium-bodied with notes of freshly-cut Fuji apple, smoke, peach candy, mango, salted orange on the lengthy finish. This would be a delightful Riesling to pair with the mix of sweet and richly savory elements of your holiday table, just make sure you open maybe thirty minutes before serving. Cari Bernard

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

Stein 2019 Mosel Rosé Secco

Oh so good! Very delicate  blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, ever so light and dry. Perfect bubbles! Really no complaints here, just that it will sadly run out, like many of Uli Stein's wines.  -EL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Kabinett

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

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

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Wolfer Goldgrube Rieslin Kabinett 1.5 L

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $67.99

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Sonnenlay Spätlese

The Wolfer Sonnenlay is a south-facing vineyard, located in a side valley adjacent to the Mosel river. In 2018, increased levels of peronospora reduced yields in this site, only a Spätlese was made. Tasting notes forthcoming!

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

The Swiss Army Knife of the Mosel? Perhaps... The Weiser-Künstler 2019 Feinherb is weighs in at a breezy 10.5% abv. Stone fruit, green apple, pear skin on the nose. The palate is lithe and dances with flavors of lime skin, crushed herbs, Rainier cherry, and a pleasing quinine/stony bitterness that lends a sense of tension to the medium length, rising finish. This pulls off the agile intensity-without-weight character of my favorite just off-dry Mosel wines, while presenting on the drier side as and I struggle to imagine a more versatile white for the table. Softshell crab? Of course! Fish curry with noodles? A breeze. Watermelon salad with feta? Bring it on. Pork cutlet with wild mushrooms? In a heartbeat! Not only is this delicious—and it is—but each swallow beckons the drinker to take another sip. If only every other wine offered such joy for so little money. Happy to drink this weekly. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Trarbacher Schlossberg Kabinett

Pale yellow/green robe. Some dissolved CO2. Apple blossom and preserved lemon on the nose with wet stone and verdant mossy greenness following. Fresh and bright, think  Springtime, rather than Summer. There's brisk acidity and bright tension to accompany the moderate sweetness and flavors of white peach, green apple, and umeboshi. There’s good lift, poise, and drive here—pinpoint balance and a distinct stoniness and purity that just shouts Mosel. Tasty now, maybe with crab cakes and celery root remoulade, or better still with some age and a beautiful steamed fish filet with ginger and mirin.  John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic