Austria

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Dürnstein Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

Sourced from vineyards around the town of Dürnstein, on more gravelly, sandy, alluvial soils in contrast to the more stony meager soils further up slope. Light hints of white florals on the nose, with bright white cherries, and fresh green pear on the medium-weight, lively palate. Grüner Veltliner is known for being very food-friendly, and this could clearly hold up to difficult pairings like steamed artichokes or ham-studded pea soup and would be fantastic with practically anything from Wiener schnitzel to Thai food to fresh salads. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Höhereck Riesling Smaragd

Höhereck (found between Kellerberg and Loibenberg), is southwest to southeast in exposition, with Gföhler gneiss laced with feldspar and quartz. One thing that is quite conspicuous upon visiting is that this is a vineyard in which a large portion is dedicated to just lying fallow as a nature preserve. Wild grasses and flowers stand untouched; the rest is terraced to vines. This is unfortunately the only wine in the line-up I was unable to taste. Let us know how it is! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Hollerin Riesling Smaragd

Hollerin has fairly large terraces, with loam and Gföhler gneiss soil. Sometimes thought to be the softer counterpart to nearby Höhereck, this vintage the Hollerin really shines! Sweet mint and ginger on the nose, the palate is zippy and bracing with a mélange of stone fruit and citrus: ripe peach, nectarine, orange and tangerine juice, tart kumquat zest—mouthwatering! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd

Loibenberg is fairly large, at just over 31 hectares of vines, and there are many microclimates and soil types that exist on the terraced slopes. Alzinger's parcels of Grüner Veltliner on the Loibenberg are warmer than where the Riesling is. This extra warmth manifests as a dense, fruity and creamy Grüner balanced by young ginger spice, nectarine, Anjou pear, and fresh strawberry acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd

Riesling vines for the Smaragd bottling grow in meager soils in a high altitude, amphitheater-shaped vineyard where most of the sun-exposure ends at around 3 in the afternoon, making for a cooler microclimate in contrast to some of the other south-facing sites on the Loibenberg, where a more Pannonian (warmer) climate prevails. The cooling influence is reflected in the high minerality of the wine. Tasted first as a tank sample, the Loibenberg was floral and fresh, with green strawberries and electric acidity. Tasted a few months after bottling, the green has evolved into orange--orange oil, tangerine, underripe apricot with juicy Fuji apple on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

Alzinger 2017 Wachau Loibner Mühlpoint Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

Mühlpoint is located on the gentle slope below Steinertal, with higher levels of loess and loam, more suited to growing Grüner Veltliner. Scents of green hay and cereal grains give way to a silky, herbal Grüner, with green orchard fruit, apricot, marjoram, and white cherries on the finish—delightful! Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

Ambrositsch, Jutta 2015 Wien Gumpoldskirchener Späte Himmelfahrt

Gumpoldskirchener Himmelfahrt used to be Jutta’s only vineyard parcel outside of Vienna, in the Thermenregion, about 13 km south of the city. She now only farms parcels in Vienna, giving up the Himmelfahrt after the 2015 vintage. Späte Himmelfahrt was an experiment in a later harvest and longer time in stainless steel before bottling. Zierfandler and Rotgiphler, two classic white grapes of the Thermenregion, make up the blend. Bottled with 15 grams of residual sugar the wine also boasts 11 g/L of acidity, which is incredibly high and helps temper the sweetness while lending tension. Raspberry seeds, green strawberry, kiwi skin, and gooseberries fill the nose. Quince, cinnamon, raspberry lemonade, juicy pear, dark stone minerality are balanced by a rich, oily sensation on the palate and an elegant sweetness on the lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ambrositsch, Jutta 2016 Wien Riesling Rosengartel

This is the final vintage you will see this bottle with Rosengartel on the label, due to red-tape and regulations; but let's not forget about this legendary vineyard, where Jutta farms eight rows of vines down the south-facing flank of the Nußberg, on shell limestone soils. Jutta was initially offered four rows from a female winemaker who was close to retirement in 2006. Thinking it was just conversation, Jutta was surprised to receive a phone call the following year from the same winemaker, saying it was time for Jutta to take the parcel. Since then they've been able to add the neighboring four rows to their plot. Jutta maintains that this beautiful vineyard needs ample time before bottling, and the wine remains in stainless steel tank until well into the following fall. White florals, jasmine blossoms on the nose, green mango, nectarine pit, dried herbs, white cherry, green apple all flood the palate, the wine has fantastic density while remaining luminous! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

Hirsch 2016 Kamptal Lamm Grüner Veltliner

Ried Lamm gets its name from the deep, loam (and loess) soils found in the vineyard, located on the southeast side of Heiligenstein in the Kamptal. A fairly warm site due to its southfacing exposition, the Lamm can produce Grüners with high levels of density and concentration. Tasted in June of this year, the Lamm was exhibiting that concentration balanced by a brightness of acidity, with fruity notes of nectarine, pear, and Fuji apple surging forth on the palate, gliding towards a lengthy finish. Would be delicious paired with roasted Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, epic cheese platters. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Jurtschitsch NV (b 13) Kamptal Brut Sekt Rosé

Weingut Jurtschitsch is the oldest winery (est. 16th century) in the Kamptal region of Austria and has been in the family since 1868. Vineyards were converted to organic farming in 2006 and all 60 hectares have been certified organic since 2009. The Brut Sekt Rosé is mostly Zweigelt with the balance made up of Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent, from cooler vineyard sites with calcareous soils. The wine spends 2 1/2 years on the lees and receives 7 g/L dosage. Light, antique pink in the glass, the nose is fragrant with roses, blueberries, and raspberries. On the palate juicy red berries mingle with stony and salty minerality. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2012 Wachau Gelber Muskateller

Gelber Muskateller! I'll be honest, I have a little trouble getting on the Muskateller train. They're just not always my cup of tea, but this (along with that from Sepp Muster) are really terrific examples. Not cloying, not aggresively aromatic, just subtle, balanced, fresh and delightful. Gently spiced, mildly exotic, and one of Nikolaihof's prettiest 2012s. -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2017 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Zwickl

Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria, with the cellar dating back about 2,000 years. The Saahs family took the reigns in 1894 and went biodynamic in the early 1970s. 'Zwickl' is a reference to the unfiltered beers of Germany, and this is the unfiltered version of the Nikolaihof Hefeabzug. Although it won't be quite as cloudy as its beer counterpart, the texture is present just enough to give depth and delight to the fresh floral, peachy, and pollen notes. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

Pittnauer 2015 Burgenland Dorflagen St. Laurent

We love the wines of Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer, Biodynamic farmers and winemakers in the town of Gols, Burgenland, Austria. Grapes for the Dorflagen are hand harvested from a mix of parcels (Salzbergacker, Goldberg, Edelgrund) where there's a decent amount of gravel which provides better drainage through the humus and iron-rich soil. Fermentation is in steel tank followed by aging in small, neutral oak barrels. For those of you out there who are looking to branch out from the Cru Beaujolais and Pinot Noirs of the Thanksgiving table, please do consider the reds of Austria! Sankt Laurent (named after the day it used to begin veraison, Saint Lawrence's Day), has possible Pinot Noir parentage, but nothing has been confirmed (that I can find). Savory, exotic spice and black cherry skin on the nose, the medium bodied palate reveals both red and black fruit: plum skin, red cherries, black raspberries, stewed strawberries, bay leaf, with racy acidity and just enough structure to make this an all-star for pairing with everything from the turkey to the cranberry sauce! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $32.99

Prager 2005 Wachau Riesling Smaragd Ried Klaus

A Smaragd in everything but name, this is Prager at its most ornate and heady -- going into the stylistic realm of some of his neighbors, especially FX Pichler or Hirtzberger. Fear not though, as rather than translate all that ripeness into an unwieldy amount of alcohol, Toni Bodenstein opted to stop fermentation before it was totally complete, leading to a perfectly balanced wine they would call "Feinherb" across the border in Germany. Bodenstein likens it to the 1990 Klaus, which is no faint praise, to be sure. Built to last in the cellar for many, many years. -jfr

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $64.99

Preisinger, Claus 2017 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel Red

A blend of Pinot Noir and Blaufränkisch biodynamically grown on a mix of chalk limestone (kalk) and gravel (kiesel); stoney on the nose, and just slightly reductive upon opening, fresh red and black plums and juicy strawberry flood the palate with a whisper of delicate tannin on finish. Unfined, unfiltered, no sulfur added, this is a fantastic wine to pair with wild mushroom risotto, roasted chicken and potatoes, Wiener schnitzel, any sort of vegetable gratin!  Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Schloss Gobelsburg 2017 Kamptal Cistercien Rosé 1.5L

Pale pink in the glass, the nose hints at a stony minerality confirmed on the palate. This blend of Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir is crisp with scintillating acidity and flavors of fresh green and red strawberries, Seville orange, white raspberries, white stone, and lemon juice. A touch more giving than the 2016 vintage, and still incredibly brisk! This would be a refreshing start to your holiday evening! Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $18.99

Wenzel, Michael 2016 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Pinot Gris 'Wild & Free'

The wine that first caught my attention, Michael's 2015 Pinot Gris 'Wild & Free', did so because it was a complex, natural wine that was both fun and sophisticated; food-friendly but stood well on its own. For the 'Wild & Free' line of wines, grapes are hand-harvested, and spend between 10-15 days in contact with the skins before pressing. Wines age in neutral barrels. The 2016 conjures the same delight as the 2015: deep, umami notes of umeboshi plum mingle with sour cherry, blood orange, red apple skin, raspberry, stewed strawberry, and red grapefruit zest, medium-bodied with the lightest tannic tack and bright acidity--elegance and drinkability! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur