Germany

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

Baltes, Benedikt 2015 Franken Grossheubach Spätburgunder "Alte Reben"

Benedikt hails the Ahr, but in his search for vines, moved to the village of Klingenberg in Franken where he took over a cellar in town established in the fifteenth century (1601), as well as some choice vineyard plots. His two main sites are Klingenberger Schlossberg and Großheubacher Bischofsberg; the vines in the latter range from 20-40 years old, growing in red sandstone (Buntsandstein) on southern-facing steep terraces. Benedikt's vines are technically in the Churfranken, an area in northwest Franken where the lion's share of the hectarage is planted to red grapes. He is certified organic and also uses some biodynamic treatments to improve vineyard health. The grapes are hand-harvested, and always undergo spontaneous fermentation. Elevage is for 18 months in neutral German oak ranging from 225-500L and the wine is bottled without filtration. A touch tense upon opening, with notes of bitter clove and tomato leaf. The wine opens up nicely after an hour or so open, with notes of roses, fresh cherries, red apples, raspberry seeds, and herbs, medium bodied with ample acidity, and a lengthy finish. Hold for 3-5 years or decant before serving, this wine is showing great potential! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Bertram, Julia 2016 Ahr Spätburgunder 'Handwerk'

"Handwerk" is the entry level offering from young winemaker Julia Bertram, based in Dernau, in the Ahr, one of the northernmost wine growing regions in Europe. Although Julia is focusing on working with her family's best parcels of old vines for her winemaking, Handwerk is sourced from younger vines at multiple parcels located between the towns of Mayschloss and Ahrweiler. The wine spends 12 months in neutral French oak barrels sourced from fellow Ahr winemaker, Meyer-Näkel (where Julia interned before enrolling in Geisenheim), followed by two months of settling in stainless steel tank. This is a bright and mineral pinot, with juicy red cherries, blood orange zest, strawberries, sweet spice and red flowers on the medium-light palate--a fantastic introduction to Julia's style of winemaking. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Beurer, Jochen 2015 Zweigelt

Certified biodynamic Zweigelt, grown on lime-rich clay (marl) soils, fermented and aged for ten months in used wood barrel. Black plum skin and juicy black raspberries mingle with a touch of black pepper and a tannic structure that calls for charcuterie and pork dishes as well as roasted vegetables. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Biodynamic

Clüsserath, Ernst 2016 Mosel Riesling Mosel Street

Organically farmed, spontaneously-fermented Mosel Riesling for under $15. Just off-dry enough, Mosel St. is a go-to bottle for folks looking for fresh and easy Riesling to pair with food and friends. Perfect for everyday drinking, the wine is spritzig upon opening, medium-bodied, with good minerality and fruitiness. Notes of white peach and cherry, lemon juice, tart apricot, come forth with vibrant acidity to balance the residual sweetness and bring you back for another sip. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Dreissigacker 2016 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

A mix of estate (Heilig Kreuz vineyard) and purchased fruit, all from certified organic vineyards. Spontaneous fermentation is in stainless steel tank and the wines age in mostly stainless with about ten percent in neutral barrique. Green and herbal, with white pepper and ginger powder, tarragon and thyme on the nose, the wine has a surprisingly luxurious weight on the palate. Notes of green plum and mango, peach candy, white cherries, green strawberries and apricots--fruity but still lifted on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 57 in stock
  • $33.99

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2015 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese Trocken

A light ruby with rose rim; bright and linear, with a piquant nose of red flowers, paprika, tangy red currants. On the palate this Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is fresh, tart and willowy, reminiscent of a Rosso di Valtellina, with crunchy red fruits--wild strawberries, sour cherries, red currants, cranberries, raspberry seeds; the wine snaps to a slightly drying structure with a whisper of pink roses and cloves on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb 1.5 L

This gloriously elegant magnum will bring loads of energy to even the weightiest Thanksgiving table. The nose is c lassic Saar riesling with citrus, freshly mown lawn, and a hint of white petals. Niedermennig riesling always impresses me with its extraordinarily pure petrol tones.  The palate impresses with its balance of opulence and linearity. The light sweetness is balanced by extraordinary energy. This wine will go head to head with the tartest cranberry sauce, pair fantastically with turkey or rich pork dishes, and complement richer sides like butternut squash mash or stuffing. Make sure to save some for the pumpkin pie. AP#11. Andrew Farquhar

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $68.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's parcel of the Ellergrub is 2.2 hectares of ungrafted vines, over 80 years old. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. In a shocking twist, the 2016 Ellergrub is slightly off-dry! The wine boasts a floral elegance and herbal freshness on the nose, yet is still quite dense and rich, with notes of yellow apricot, roses, and white peach skin giving way to a touch of citrus zest and strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $87.99

  • white sparkling
  • 47 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Annaberg Chardonnay Spatlese Trocken

The grapes come from the Annaberg, a vineyard of mostly sandstone soils, but the Chardonnay is planted on the western portion that has predominately chalk soils and ample shade, so the grapes ripen slowly. The warmth of the vintage manifests as a fantastic density of fruit (green apple, nectarine, green strawberry tartness) and luxurious texture with the tension of bright, malic acidity and stony, salty minerality. A fascinating iteration of Chardonnay! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht farms a southeast-facing parcel that lies within the boundaries of the original Saumagen vineyard area; a storied, grand cru site with calcareous limestone soils. True alchemy in the glass, weighty and concentrated yet totally luminous! The intense flavors of mango, peach, and cinnamon linger and one can't help but see this as a mini-R bottling--very age-worthy. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $72.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2016 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Hailing from their Saumagen vineyard, south to southeast-facing with a blend of predominately limestone with marl, the must spontaneously ferments and ages in used, German oak of various sizes. Fragrant with white flowers and spearmint, the palate is linear and very dry, herbal with notes of yellow apricot, peach skin, and tart lemon juice on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2016 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprecht's grand cru site. Gardenias and lemon zest on the nose, the palate is soft and delicate with notes of white strawberries, apricot, peaches, and sweet fuji apple. Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. We haven't had a chance to try a bottle yet but will report back as soon as we do! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 36 in stock
  • $40.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

Covered in eroded gray slate, Unterstenberg 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. Notes of peach, orange zest, apple compote, and red grapefruit on the nose open up to a rich and fruit-forward palate boasting ripe apricot, yellow apple skin, and pineapple. Spicy and bold! Pair with grilled Thai curry squid, crab cakes over a citrus salad. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $36.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 'Senior'

Lauer ‘Senior’ is Florian’s nod to making a style of wine his grandfather (Peter Lauer Sr.) would enjoy. His aim is to make a feinherb, weeknight wine from 70-year-old, ungrafted vines on the Kupp. With each passing vintage, Senior always seems to over deliver--for the price, the level of complexity is outstanding. The nose is less fruit-forward than the palate, with notes of oatmeal and stone, herbs, and Fuji apple. The wine is vibrant and just slightly off-dry with a deft balance between fresh green and bold tropical flavors--green fig, underripe peach, and tart green plum with pineapple and white blossom. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 8 Kabinett

A delicate nose of apricot blossom and grapefruit zest, the Fass 8 Kabinett drinks fairly lean in style, with fantastic balance and elegant integration of the residual sugar. Cooler notes of green strawberries mingle on the finish with fresh nectarine, yuzu, and crisp apple. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 2 'Extra Dry'

Florian's 'Extry Dry' offering, sourced from the Ayler Kupp. Aromas of melon, apple skin, and tea--all green. A touch tight, but more giving than 2015, the palate is more yellow-fruited, with notes of pear, apple, stone, savory earth, and smoke on the long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 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, a cross-section of slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. A tropical nose of kiwi and passion fruit, the wine has a sharp, juicy attack of white grapefruit zest and kumquat, balanced by notes of green herbs, salinity, and wet stone minerality on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's portion of Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Kupp closer to the base of the slope. Piquant, with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot notes that continue onto the palate followed by ripe mango, peach candy, yuzu and orange zest with ginger spice on the lengthy finish. Complex and fruity with great tension! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • $53.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel (not too far from Schonfels) that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. The Lauer family rented vines on the hillside until the 1990s, when the owners chose to pull up the vines. Florian purchased the plot in 2010, cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012 with old-vine cuttings from five different vineyards. 2016 marks the third vintage (second as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Wisps of honeycrisp apple, key lime zest, nectarine, kiwi, and tiny white blossoms fill the nose, the palate is young and fresh, with cool minerality balancing the silky lime and kumquat oils, juicy tangerine, bitter pollen and green apple candy on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Riesling Barrel X

Sourced from multiple vineyards in the Saar, 2015 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. Cari Bernard

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

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $55.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $55.99

  • 20 in stock
  • $59.99

Melsheimer 2015 Mosel Riesling Pet-Nat 'Rurale'

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. Sparkling wine accounts for 20 percent of Thorsten's production; he's been making serious, elegant Sekt since the early eighties. We are very excited to offer his Pet-Nat 'Rurale': made from biodynamically-grown Riesling and Johanniter, with no added sulfur. The wine has a lively, creamy mousse with notes of golden and green apple, ginger, orange zest, peach skin and yellow apricot with a lengthy finish. Pair with a fried oyster po' boy or crab cake sandwich with fries. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $124.99

Müller-Catoir 1991 Pfalz Haardter Herrenletten Gewürztraminer Eiswein 375 ml

What to serve with all sorts of warming, rich, spiced desserts? Gewürztraminer Eiswein! Grown on loamy soils with limestone and clay in the Haardter Herrenletten, left to freeze in the winter and harvested with an intense level of sugars and acidity. We were lucky to grab some of these from a private cellar, but haven't been able to try them yet! However, all signs point to this bottle being an awesome pairing for the sweeter end of your holiday table! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $99.99

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple--a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $83.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $98.99

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99