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Tastings & Events

Wednesday, April 22
Meet Your Winemaker: Kelley Fox Pours Her Outstanding Pinot Noirs!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Friday, April 24
Artisanal Portuguese Wines
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
The lovely Naama Laufer of NLC Wines will be pouring a diverse and delicious selection of new arrivals from Portugal. 5-7pm!
Friday, April 24
New Domestic Wines from Encore Wines
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 30
Meet Your Winemaker: Steve Edmunds Pours New Releases from Edmunds St. John
5:00 PM TO 6:30 PM
Friday, May 1
Stephen Bitterolf pours new arrivals from the Mosel
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Stephen from Vom Boden will be sharing the new vintage of Lauer Barrel X and some other exciting Mosel Rieslings.
Wednesday, May 6
Meet Your Winemaker: Jesse Skyles Pours Fausse Piste
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 7
Get Involved with PM Spirits: Welcome Leo Commercio!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Friday, May 8
Alex Miranda Pours Wines of the World
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 14
Jimmy Carbone Pours Bruichladdich Scotch
5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27
Meet Your Winemaker: Michael Dashe Pours Dashe Cellars!
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Friday, June 5
Lovely Spirits Made from Honey: Bar Hill Gin and Vodka
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 6
Meet Your Winemaker: Please Welcome Jo Landron (Domaine de la Louvetrie)!
4:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 18
Meet Your Winemaker: Denis Jamain of Domaine de Reuilly
5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Ulli Stein's Alfer Hölle (the 1900 plot is a bit down the river)

Rieslingfeier; Recent German Arrivals, New and Old

There's been lots of activity in our German section recently. More of the excellent 2012s are arriving (and one should stock up on these as the 2013 vintage looks to be quite tiny); great producers are offering library releases, and we are continuing to find collections of well-stored older wines that we are able to offer at very affordable prices. Highlights amongst our newer selections include some of Germany's best reds from Swabia's young burgeoning star, Andi Knauss, and outstanding releases we couldn't pass up from the likes of Spreitzer, Leitz, Eugen Müller, and Ulli Stein (Stein’s Alfer Hölle Spätlese comes from vines planted in 1900).

Another producer that deserves to be on everyone's radar is VOLS in the Saar. Headed by Helmut Plunien, VOLS makes delicious, bright, piquant wines from the Ayler Kupp in an old-school style that brilliantly contrasts the fuller, more expansive wines we know and love from Lauer. Good thing there's no need to choose between the two!

For some older wines, Carl Ehrhard in the Rheingau and Harald Hexamer in the Nahe have dug deep into their cellars and have sent us some really tasty 93s, 94s and 01s; we actually have good quantity of some of these if you’d like to see how they continue to develop over time. Notice also the single case we’ve acquired of the incredibly rare 2005 Ayler Kupp Auslese from Peter Lauer. At the end of the list you’ll find a smattering of old wines from the 70s-90s from producers both familiar and less well-known. As always, we stand behind each older bottle we sell; order soon as these are likely to disappear quickly.

Also, the second annual Rieslingfeier is fast approaching! We'll be participating again in the city-wide Riesling Crawl on Saturday, February 22nd, a day-long event at seven different retail shops. We'll be the last leg from 6-8pm and will be joined by our good friend from the Mosel, Clemens Busch. Rieslingfeier has a number of other great events taking place that weekend, including a seminar led by David Schildknecht and a not-to-miss dinner at Betony featuring Cornelius Dönnhoff and Christoph Schaefer – as of today there are a few tickets left to both and you can purchase them here at the Rieslingfeier website. Hope to see you on the 22nd! -jfr

Weingart 2012 Mittelrhein Bopparder Hamm Engelstein Kabinett Feinherb

It's been a long time since we've had a new vintage from the Mittelrhein on the shelves. Florian Weingart is getting more focused these days and is selling off much of his property in order to streamline his work and take most of it on himself. The more focused he's getting as a winegrower, it only naturally follows that his wines are getting more focused and delicious as well. The soil in this part of the Hamm is slate with limestone, an interesting combination you don't really find too many other places, especially not for Riesling. The texture of the wine is silky and so pretty; it's fermented spontaneously and has clean, shimmering apple fruit tones along with hints of smoke, flint and salty minerals. We love the direction Weingart is headed and hope you check in to see what's new in the Mittelrhein. -jfr

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Spreitzer 2012 Rheingau Ries Kab Winkeler Jesuitengarten Halbtrocken

This is really, really tasty Halbtrocken, and one that's lighter and more delicate than you normally expect from the Rheingau. Stony and chalky but with great acidity and just enough sweetness to make things taste round and pleasant. We didn't get very much of this so I'll set aside my bottles now for easy-going springtime drinking. Peachy, round and bright, bright, bright! -jfr

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Ehrhard, Carl 2001 Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Ries Auslese Feinherb

Auslese Feinherb isn't something you see every day, but in the ripe, balanced vintage of 2001, it's a style that worked exceptionally well. This is a late release from the cellar of the near-organic Ehrhard estate and we were mightily impressed when we tasted it recently. Not too sweet, yet charmingly honeyed and zippy. Starting to show some mature character, but this will continue to evolve for decades. -jfr

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Lauer, Peter 2005 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 10 Auslese

It's a Lauer Auslese from one of the most heralded vintages in the last 10 years. It's nowhere even close to being ready to drink and it will last for decades. What's not to love? -jfr

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Vols 2012 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Trocken

2012 is a great year for dry Riesling at Vols and the Kupp is one that's really singing right now. Helmet Plunien, the head of the estate, only ferments with native yeasts and avoids skin contact to keep his wines fresh, bright and mineral. While these wines are lighter than many others on the Saar, such as a Lauer or a Loch, they're also more wild and earthy. Fascinating wines and a great addition to the complex stylistic landscape of the region, and made with very little intervention in the cellar outside of the use of sulfur. -jfr

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Vols 2011 Saar Riesling Feinherb

90% of the fruit in this complex but drinkable Feinherb comes fom Ayl while 10% comes from the nearby village of Wiltingen. Apple-y acidity is complemented by a richly complex sponti character. This is a perfect introduction to the Vols style of wine and reminds me a bit of what the Von Schubert house style would taste like when superimposed over the vineyards of the Saar rather than the Ruwer. Fermented in a mixture of fuder and stainless steel, all whole-custer. Welcome, Vols! -jfr

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Stein 2012 Mosel Alfer Hölle Riesling Spätlese 1900

Ulli Stein makes a lot of different wines, and many of them are quite good. From the refreshing and stony Blauschiefer Trocken to his slate-drenched Pinot Noir, Ulli's style is unique and almost always provides tasty, thought-provoking wines. Nothing we've ever tasted from Ulli, though could prepare us for how much we loved the 2012 Alfer Hölle 1900. The grapes are from a small parcel of the Alfer Hölle planted in 1900 that a Mosel old-timer has been taking care of for decades. Ulli's been making wine from these grapes for the past few vintages and the 2012 is a real stunner. It's richly spiced with hints of nutmeg, lemon peel and ripe pear, but it's dynamic on the palate and hard to pin down any one particular flavor. Ulli would be happy to tell you that this is due to the wide genetic diversity within the vineyard and that in all of Germany there are only 10 hectares of vines that are over 100 years old. We'd be happy to listen to him, and also happy to drink this as it's a real treat. -jfr

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Knauss 2010 Württemberg Lemberger R

Lemberger is the local Swabian name for Blaufränkisch. I can’t decide which name is less likely to encourage Americans to actually try the wine. Lots of Austrian Blaufränkisch is drenched in new oak but Andi Knauss knows better and would never do that to a great red wine such as this. Andi’s wines taste like earth and stone; they have high-toned fruit and great definition and should be drunk slightly cool. Drink more Swabia, especially Knauss. -jfr

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Knauss 2012 Württemberg Trollinger S

Trollinger, or Schiava, from Andi Knauss, our favorite young grower in Swabia in Southern Germany. This has a bit more stuffing to it than the glou glou trollinger liter that Andi puts out but it's still eminently drinkable. This is more 'cru Beaujolais' to the liter's "sans soufre Villages.'  Still drink it somewhat cool, but expect more minerality and earth and some slightly darker toned fruit. Andi makes some of the best reds in all of Germany and those that haven't started getting to know what he can do really should -jfr

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Leitz 2012 Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Trocken

Our computer system gets a bit overwhelmed by the length of some of these German wines, so it's important to note that this is the bottling from the 'Ehrenfels' plot. Leitz is well-known here in the states for his cheap and tasty entry-level sweet wines, but he's gained a huge following in Germany for his higher-end dry wines. This is well-deserved, as he's being doing better work than just about anyone in the region for years and his dry wines seem to get better each vintage. He also certainly seems to have an eye for winemaking talent, as two of our favorites, Eva Fricke and Konstantin Weiser (of Weiser-Künstler) have both spent time working for Josi. All of his 2012 dry wines were impressive but the most intensely mineral, the most compelling was this, the Berg Schlossberg 'Ehrenfels'. From red slate and quartz soil, the wine is classicaly rich like you'd want from the Rheingau with salty notes and hints of savory herbs like sage and thyme.  -jfr

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Müller, Eugen 2012 Pfalz Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Auslese 500ml

The Forster Kirchenstück is arguably the greatest vineyard site in all of the Pfalz; some claim even in Germany and there's evidence that plenty of people agree: per square meter, it's the most expensive vineyard in the entire country. Don't expect too many new producers coming along very often making Kirchenstück. The Müllers have a piece, and insane how little we have to pay to get to taste what they're able to do with this historic site. We recently tasted a 2002 of this wine that came from a private collector and had one of those great "Riesling Experiences": there were two Chambers Street staff memebers drinking the bottle and it was gone in probably less than 15 minutes. The 2012 is seamless Auslese and in 10 years will be even more delicious than that 2002 was. Great richness, great density yet potent minerality, terrific acidity and still a sense of delicacy and refinement. -jfr

 

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Merkelbach, Alfred 2012 Mosel Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Kabinett

Although we've said it so often and about so many producers, it bears repeating that the Merkelbachs made really, really great 2012s. The Würzgarten gets all the attention (even in the New York Times a few weeks ago!), but we loved the Rosenberg Kabinett this year as well. Less strawberry-influenced than the Spice Garden Kabi, it's more lime-y and cool-toned. Merkelbachs do green citrus here, and they do it so, so well. Try this up against the Würzgarten. They're made in the exact same way, and the terroir differences ring loudly. -jfr

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von Schubert Maximin Grünhaus 2012 Ruwer Riesling Abtsberg Superior

Superior is Von Schubert's top dry(ish) wine from the oldest parcels of Abtsberg. While it's drier than most of the wines in the portfolio, it's best described as a 'feinherb' in style. Like the top wines of Florian Lauer, the estate isn't so concerned with making sure the wine is absolutely legally 'Trocken' as they are with making sure the wine is balanced, filigreed and utterly riveting. Like at most estates in the Mosel and its tributaries, 2012 is a terrific vintage at Grünhaus and this fabulous, old-school wine is not to be missed. Fermented with native yeasts in large, old Mosel Fuder. -jfr

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Ehrhard, Carl 1993 Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Ries Spätlese

Carl Ehrhard is great friends with Gunter Künstler whose base is way at the other end of the Rheingau in Hochheim. They share a similar outlook of near-organic farming and less manipulation in the cellar. Stylistically, Carl's wines are some of the more delicate in the Rheingau. The sweetness/acid balance is great in all three of these library selections and the 1993 and 1994 are drinking particularly well right now -- fully mature, complex and drinkable Riesling. -jfr

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Ehrhard, Carl 1994 Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese

Just released from Ehrhard's cellar, where these wines have been resting in bottle for almost 20 years. Whereas the 1993 is more piquant, a lighter and more delicate style, the 1994 is more burly, more evocative of classic Rheingau. The aromas are earthy, with a little smoke and a little mature Riesling character alongside notes of baked apple, pear and strawberry. The wine is a bit golden in the glass and firm on the palate, still with a lightly tannic finish. It's quite long with waves of flavor, and the mild sweetness mingles with sufficient acid to provide a finish that gets more and more interesting as it progresses. Lovely mature Riesling with smoky secondary character and balanced, complex but mellow fruit. -jfr

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Hexamer 2001 Nahe Riesling Meddersheimer Rheingräfenberg Hochgewächs

Library release, straight from the estate. This is the wine that is now bottled as "Quartzit," from one of the best vintages Germany's seen in ages. Many '01s still taste youthful and primary, although this one is starting to show some lovely mature elements on the nose — honey, dill, herbs and light mature riesling 'petrol' notes. Think of this as a Kabinett from an excellent vintage that's just starting to reach maturity. A treat to enjoy at this point in its life. -jfr

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Klitzekleine Ring 2010 Mosel Bergrettung Riesling Spätlese

Following the 2008, this is the second vintage of Bergrettung we've had the privilege to offer. This time around the group is working the Trabener Zolltrum, a site very close to the better-known Enkircher Ellergrub, and the Spätlese was made by the immensely talented Daniel Vollenweider.  -jfr

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Mechtel-Denzer 1985 Mosel Bernkasteler-Kueser Kardinalsberg Ries. Spätlese

Classic 1980s-styled Spätlese from a little-known house. The Kardinalsberg is in Kues and is actually contiguious with the famous Lieser Niederberg Helden. Orange oil, white cherry, grapefruit and yellow peach notes and a rich sense on slate-y minerality. Also a bit mossy, in that lovely old Mosel sort of way. When you taste it, you know it couldn't have possibly come from anywhere else. Interestingly, it takes a few days after opening for this wine to really start firing on all cylinders. I know it defies expectations that a near 30-year old Riesling ought to be decanted, but it's worth it. -jfr

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Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. 1999 Pfalz Riesling Gaisböhl

Gaisböhl is, along with Rechbächel, one of Bürklin-Wolf's two monopole sites in the Mittelhaardt, this one in the sleepy village of Ruppertsberg. Bürklin has long used its own classification system of sites based on the Burgundian system and they call this seven-hectare site G.C. (for Grand Cru). The vines were planted in 1977 and the soil is largely sandstone-based, as is typical for the region. The '99, '03 and '07 all just arrived direct from the the estate as a library release and are a great opportunity to taste dry Pfalz Riesling that has been maturing in perfect conditions in the cellar where they were produced. These are round and full Rieslings, raised in traditional Pfalz casks and each showing the unique character of the vintage. The 1999 and 2003 are drinking particularly well now, and the 2007 will continue to evolve and improve for at least another 5-10 years. -jfr

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Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. 2003 Pfalz Riesling Gaisböhl

Gaisböhl is, along with Rechbächel, one of Bürklin-Wolf's two monopole sites in the Mittelhaardt, this one in the sleepy village of Ruppertsberg. Bürklin has long used its own classification system of sites based on the Burgundian system and they call this seven-hectare site G.C. (for Grand Cru). The vines were planted in 1977 and the soil is largely sandstone-based, as is typical for the region. The '99, '03 and '07 all just arrived direct from the the estate as a library release and are a great opportunity to taste dry Pfalz Riesling that has been maturing in perfect conditions in the cellar where they were produced. These are round and full Rieslings, raised in traditional Pfalz casks and each showing the unique character of the vintage. The 1999 and 2003 are drinking particularly well now, and the 2007 will continue to evolve and improve for at least another 5-10 years. -jfr

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Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. 2007 Pfalz Riesling Gaisböhl

Gaisböhl is, along with Rechbächel, one of Bürklin-Wolf's two monopole sites in the Mittelhaardt, this one in the sleepy village of Ruppertsberg. Bürklin has long used its own classification system of sites based on the Burgundian system and they call this seven-hectare site G.C. (for Grand Cru). The vines were planted in 1977 and the soil is largely sandstone-based, as is typical for the region. The '99, '03 and '07 all just arrived direct from the the estate as a library release and are a great opportunity to taste dry Pfalz Riesling that has been maturing in perfect conditions in the cellar where they were produced. These are round and full Rieslings, raised in traditional Pfalz casks and each showing the unique character of the vintage. The 1999 and 2003 are drinking particularly well now, and the 2007 will continue to evolve and improve for at least another 5-10 years. -jfr

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