Germany

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Adam, A.J. 2015 Mosel Riesling Im Pfarrgarten Feinherb

Translating to 'in the garden of the rectory', this is a plot planted in the 1960s on a flat terrain of heavy, alluvial soils mixed with eroded slate from the Hofberg above. As one can guess from the name, the vineyard once belonged to the rector for the parish of the town of Dhron. Fermented with natural yeasts, unfined, and aged in stainless steel, the wine is bright and green on the nose, with notes of flower petals and stems. Fresh, fruity and balanced with a prickle of acidity lifting the slightest sweetness of ripe mango with vibrant orange and lemon oils. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2015 Pfalz Riesling Kabinett

The brothers Brand took over the family biz in 2011, in the northern Pfalz, using organic (certification to be completed with the 2017 vintage) and  biodynamic methods, natural yeast fermentation, and limiting sulfur additions when possible. We've enjoyed their Weissburgunder and Riesling Liter bottlings, and the Kabinett is showing a lot of promise for these young winemakers. Sponti notes mingle with honeysuckle on the nose, juicy mango, peach, and lemon zest are front and center on the palate, laser-focused by acidity! Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay GG

Fahrlay is a south-facing, terraced parcel located between two rock outcroppings on the Marienburg, with predominately blue slate. Vines here are ungrafted and single-post trained: a time-consuming method preferred by Clemens and Rita Busch for their older vines. Clover, rose, and orange oil on the nose, the palate is both weighty and stony, with notes of greengage plum, nectarine pit, and a salty minerality. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Kabinett

Heady with the scent of peach blossoms and green apple, the wine is bursting with fruity notes of kumquat marmalade, juicy green melon and tart green plum; the plush velvety texture on the palate balanced by a wave of acidity on the finish. Fantastic! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Vom Roten Schiefer Riesling Trocken

Located across the Mosel from the Clemens and Rita Busch's home, the Marienburg is home to a veritable rainbow of slate colors: red, blue, and gray.The vom Roten Schiefer is from vines grown on the red slate parcels, with a higher clay content in the soil. Savory and salty, fuller than the Riesling from the Grauen (gray) Schiefer, it is still incredibly lean and chiseled. The fruit skews more towards malic notes of green apple skin and apricot. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $28.99

  • 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

Eger, Jeannette 2015 Pfalz Goldberg Riesling

Jeannette Eger grew up in a family of winemakers, and in 2008, went out on her own with about four hectares of vines to work with. Two hectares of these vines sit on the hillside Goldberg vineyard, highest parcel in Herxheim am Berg, bordered by forest, with soils of loess, limestone, and sandstone. Her vineyards are certified organic and she uses some biodynamic treatments. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and age in stainless steel. This wine is bombastic: tropical and rich on the nose, zesty and powerful on the palate with great acidity, tropical pineapple, tart apricot, and bitter almond on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $27.99

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. Pair with a fried oyster po'boy or crab cakes! Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 14 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

Frank John 2011 Pfalz Riesling Sekt Brut (Arrives 6/7)

Weingut Frank John has been biodynamic since their first vintage in 2003, Demeter certified since the 2012 vintage, with a commitment to hand-harvesting, natural yeast fermentation, ageing in wood, and minimal sulfur additions. An incredibly elegant and layered Riesling Brut Sekt, with 41 months spent on the lees and close to 8 grams per liter of dosage. White and red grapefruit, star fruit and burnished peach on the nose, the wine is oxidative and broad, with a creamy mousse and aggressive attack. Powerful and vinous, with rich notes of apple, citrus oils and pith, a show-stopping sparkling wine. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2015 Rheingau Lorcher Riesling

Eva Fricke's journey from child of doctors in Northern Germany to winemaker in the Rheingau with ten leased hectares (only seven currently in production) and going for organic certification for the 2016 vintage is quite the story. Eva has worked at wineries in South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Australia, and also holds a degree in Oenology from Geisenheim as well as a Masters in Business Management from Oestrich-Winkel. During her seven-year tenure working with Johannes Leitz, she slowly began to branch out into her own vineyard plots and winery, officially leaving Leitz in 2011. Her determination and dedication to quality is inspiring. During her tasting in the store this past February, she spoke excitedly about the importance of organic farming, and the positive influence it has on her vines, even in difficult vintages. By choosing to work the steep slopes organically in the Rheingau, she has taken on a challenge rarely even considered in the region. 2015 was a stellar vintage for Eva, and across the board her wines have pitch-perfect clarity and vibrant acidity. The Lorcher Riesling trocken has grapes from both Schlossberg and Kapellenberg vineyards, grown on slate with loess and quartzite. The wine is stony and salty on the nose, with notes of citrus zest and dark slate; focused yet still has a sense of fullness across the mid-palate, with flavors of tart white grapefruit, juicy apricot, and a firm mineral structure. This wine should open up nicely in three to five years. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot’s part of the Ellergrub lies just to the left of Weiser-Künstler’s parcel, which is great because they also work without chemicals in the vineyards. The 2.2 hectares of vines are 80 years and older and are ungrafted. The 2013 is having a moment right now, (re-tasted in 03/2017) showing development on the nose with deep honeysuckle notes, mirrored on the palate, along with ripe juicy peach, wildflower honey, and dark stones, managing to be both ethereal and powerful. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2014 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 with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha). The wine can definitely take a decant; at first sip tart and salty, with a distinct stoniness balanced by the light fruitiness of white peach, underripe pineapple, and a touch of white flowers. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Knauss 2014 Strümpfelbach Schwarzriesling Brut Zero

Sparkling Pinot Meunier (aka Schwarzriesling), zero dosage, zero sulfur added...what else is there to say? The nose is delicate, with some subtle brioche aromas. On the palate, there's red fruit, lovely mousse, and a richness and textural complexity that leave quite an impression. It's rare enough to find 100% Pinot Meunier Champagnes (I have always been a big fan of Laherte and Bereche's offerings, for example), so we're very happy to have this delicious rendition from Andi Knauss. Champagne or not, it's a great wine and comes highly recommended.  Eben Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss 2014 Strümpfelbach Schwarzriesling Brut Zero 1.5 L

Sparkling Pinot Meunier (aka Schwarzriesling), zero dosage, zero sulfur added...what else is there to say? The nose is delicate, with some subtle brioche aromas. On the palate, there's red fruit, lovely mousse, and a richness and textural complexity that leave quite an impression. It's rare enough to find 100% Pinot Meunier Champagnes (I have always been a big fan of Laherte and Bereche's offerings, for example), so we're very happy to have this delicious rendition from Andi Knauss. Champagne or not, it's a great wine and comes highly recommended.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss 2016 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. A great choice for those upcoming BBQs and parties. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Koch, Holger 2014 Baden Bickensohler Herrenstuck Weissburgunder

Pinot Blanc grown on loess and volcanic soils, fermented in stainless steel and aged for one and a half years in used Stockinger fuder, the wine is very aromatic, redolent with notes of sweet, rich pineapple. The palate is bold and creamy yet savory, flavors of pineapple and starfruit give way to a slightly oxidative finish: not oxidative as in nutty, but oxidative as in darker-toned and layered. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Koch, Holger 2015 Baden Bickensohler Kaiserstuhl Grauburgunder

Holger Koch's wines are the sleeper hits of Swabia. His Pinot Noirs (and Spätburgunders) run the gamut from fresh, red-fruited, and bright to structured, umami-rich, and quite serious; and the Weiss and Grauburgunder wines showcase his dedication to making quality, complex wines from these regionally less-exalted grape varieties. The 2015 Grauburgunder Kaiserstuhl comes from vineyards on a mix of loess and volcanic soils. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the nose is stony with notes of apricot and mango, on the palate the wine is vibrant and full, with fantastic acidity balancing a mix of the green and the tropical: pineapple, mango, lime blossom, and greengage plum, a lovely and layered Grauburgunder! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2014 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprect's grand cru site. Grapes grown in the Steinacker lend themselves well to the off-dry style of wines. Rich citron and white blossoms burst forth on the nose and palate, the wine has great balance with silky sweet peach, punchy acidity, and a lingering finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Riesling Barrel X

It's back, at long last, Barrel X from Florian Lauer. Sourced from multiple vineyards in the Saar, last year was a touch more off-dry, this year is electric. Stony with searing acidity balanced by a slew of stone fruit (nectarine, peach, yellow apricot) with Fuji apple for good measure on the long finish. Long live Barrel X! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 41 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 34 in stock
  • $16.99

Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Pechstein Riesling Trocken

Beneath a layer of sandy-loam, Pechstein's soils hold basalt or pitched stone, the source of this vineyard's name. Along with the Jesuitengarten this wine was one of the clear stand-outs of Markus' 2014 campaign. It shines a golden honey yellow in the glass and welcomes with aromas of lilacs, chrysanthemums, grilled pistachios, lavender, and cranberries. The palate shows a fine minerality, offering tremendous length with notes of white truffles prior to a linden blossom finish. This is nuanced and impeccably detailed, dry Riesling!- David Salinas

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

Stein 2011 Mosel Sekt 'Ohne'

Upon visiting Ulli Stein's cellar, I was impressed with the sheer number of projects he has chosen to undertake: he produces a full range of Riesling from sparkling to still, dry to sweet. He also experiments with varieties rarely seen in the region (I'm pretty sure we walked by a row or two of Sangiovese), grows several different clonal selections, and has a cellar filled with different-sized tanks and barrels: variety is key. During the visit, Ulli would walk from barrel to barrel piping samples, and would give the backstory for his inspiration for certain projects (often times born from late night conversations with friends). 'Ohne' means 'without', a title Ulli reserves for his wines made without adding sulfur, dosage, or filtering agents. The Sekt is 100% Riesling, savory, stony, austere and herbal, with oxidative notes of yellow apple and pear to round out the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $38.99

  • No Sulfur

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
  • 4 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
  • 5 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
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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 fantastic bottle for those who wait! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 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. -jfr

  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $56.99

Weiser-Künstler 2016 Mosel Riesling

Off-dry in past vintages, this year it drinks very dry, lean, linear with stony minerality and notes of tart lemon juice, lime zest, and nectarine. At 10% ABV, this is an electric, easy-drinking Riesling perfect for all sorts of occasions! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic