Germany

Brand 2016 Pfalz Mythos Pur

Cabernet Mitos, a crossing of Blaufränkisch and Tenturier du Cher (a red-fleshed variety), was developed in 1970 partly to add color to blends and stand up to oak aging. If I'm deciphering my notes correctly, the Brand brother's parcel once belonged to a monastery with vines around 25 years in age. I really enjoy that Daniel and Jonas are taking the time to make these red wines that focus on overlooked varieties, often lost to blends. After twelve hours of maceration, the grapes are directly pressed and both fermentation and aging is in neutral barrique. As is standard of all their 'Pur' wines, the wine is unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured. A surprising note of herb-infused pickle brine perks up the nose and continues on the palate, along with juicy black plums, black pepper, and a savory meatiness framed by elegant texture and structure. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Sylvaner 'Elis' Pur

'Elis' is short for Elisabeth, the previous owner of this parcel of 78-year-old Sylvaner, grown on gravely, sandy soils; 50% of which was hand-harvested early and allowed to ferment on the skins for one week. Fermentation and aging in used barrel, no fining, no filtration, no problem (also no sulfur added). A very, very tiny amount made, and we've ended up with just a case. If you love Sylvaner (and you should), this is mandatory drinking. White tea, pear, quince skin on the nose, elegant and concentrated notes of apricot, quince, and white strawberry on the powerful, lengthy finish. An incredibly sophisticated wine from such young winemakers, we eagerly look forward to future vintages! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Cabernet Franc Pur

Cabernet Franc from the northern Pfalz? Hell ja! Daniel and Jonas got their hands on a clone with slightly looser bunches, which works well for this hot vineyard site (the vines are now five years old). I was able to try a new bottle and one that had been open for one and a half weeks, and both were stunning. Starting with cherries and salty capers on the nose, black and red plum on the medium-bodied palate, the wine proved to be deeply layered and elegant. The pre-opened bottle was still great, settled and soft, more black currant and plummy. A fascinating look into Pfalzer Cab Franc! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with some biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions (none is used with their pét-nats or 'Pur' line). Their 2017 Pét-Nat Rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years-old). A pleasing, deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, and the bright acidity primes you for the next sip--incredibly thirst-quenching! This would be fun with a wide range of hors d'oeuvres, from gougères to potato chips to roasted beet crostini. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Wilder Satz Pur

The cherubic, young Bacchus is a nod to an old, carved-front barrel in town, lovingly drawn for the label by Daniel & Jonas Brand's Oma (grandmother) without color to delineate the series from other projects at the winery. The main difference being that all 'Pur' wines have absolutely no sulfur added during winemaking. Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Sylvaner (pre-harvest of Elis vineyard), Scheurebe, and whole bunch Riesling spend six months on the lees in stainless steel before bottling. This wine is incredibly delicious with just the right amount of texture to balance the flavors of salty yellow apricot, juicy yellow apple, white blossoms, yogurt, young ginger, and sour orange zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2017 Pfalz Wildrosé

'Wildrosé' has returned: your favorite 50-year-old vine Portugieser rosé that looks like a light red! I'd venture to say that fall/winter rosés are some of the most fun (and interesting) rosés out there, made for pairing with a slew of cuisines, heartier dishes like gratins, and, of course, pensive alone-time in front of a fireplace. Please invert the bottle for a few moments to let the lees integrate, and enjoy the resulting texture, swirling with red florals, raspberries and pomegranate, and slightly overripe wild strawberries, the kind that taste like lemons,  strawberries, and sunshine. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand NV (2016/2017) Pfalz Cuvée Flora Pur

Are you drinking enough Dornfelder? Did you have to think too long on that answer? Did you wonder, what is Dornfelder, and why am I missing out? Well, easy fix—'Cuvée Flora' has returned! This release is a blend of 2016 and 2017: '16 fermented on the skins for three weeks, '17 was semi-carbonic maceration. Fun fact about this Dornfelder is you're going to pour it into the glass, and as you swirl the deep, opaque liquid around, you'll notice it's practically staining your glass. Then you're going to wonder why we told you to put a slight chill on the wine as you gaze into its inky depths. Then you're going to try a sip and it will all make sense. Dornfelder was made to act as a blending grape to (mostly) add pigment to the lighter German red wines back in the mid-1950s and onward (it also happens to have great acidity and structure). When you break it down, Dornfelder is a crossing of Helfensteiner (Frühburgunder/Pinot Noir Précoce × Trollinger/Schiava Grossa) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch/Lemberger*)—all those parent grapes rule; and Dornfelder deserves its time in the spotlight! As the chill wears off a touch, scents of bramble fruit, red flowers, cantaloupe, cucumber, and raspberries proliferate. The palate has just enough structure and grip, balancing crunchy, red cranberry and strawberries, plums, savory herbs and white pepper. Cari Bernard  ((*grape parentage information taken from Wikipedia))

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Busch, Clemens 2009 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Auslese 375ml

What an absolute treat to get to check in on this beauty from 2009! Harvest for the Auslese contained around 40% botrytised grapes from the southeast-facing Rothenpfad parcel on the Marienburg. The nose is redolent with muddled fresh mint and the wine is creamy and lively, with soft, rich peaches, honeyed pear, elegant depth and layers. Enjoy now to blow minds with your cheese course or fruit-based desserts, or hold for at least ten more years! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Nonnengarten Fass 29 Riesling Trocken

A 'grand-cru' parcel to the right of the Marienburg, with red slate (rich in iron content), Nonnengarten is not made in every vintage. Dubbed the "Rheingau from the Mosel" by Clemens, the wine is bold with dark minerality and smoke, lime blossoms, apricot, green strawberries, and bright, zesty acidity. Fantastic! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Spätlese

Sourced from multiple sites on the Marienburg, this is the highest Prädikat Clemens produced in 2016. Fresh and light, this Spätlese drinks more like a Kabinett: the high acidity balancing the notes of ripe peach, mango, and strawberry candy with a delicate touch--a testament to the charming elegance of the 2016 vintage. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Riesling Trocken (alter) Native

Riesling with extended skin-maceration time can sometimes lose its footing, falling into the spectrum of 'cidery'. And of course there's a place for that, but it's very exciting to find wines that still hold onto the acidity and balance of fruit and minerality. Clemens has hit this note, with the 2016 vintage of the (alter) Native—we see extended skin maceration and the wine spends 15 months sur lie in large old German oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Decant for at least a half hour to fully enjoy the subtle texture with heady notes of caramel, burnished peach, yellow apple, white blossom, balanced by juicy nectarine and vibrant tangerine acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dreissigacker 2015 Rheinhessen Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken

The amphitheater-shaped Kirchspiel vineyard faces south-southeast with soils of limestone, marl, and clay. Jochen Dreissigacker farms these vines organically, and all spontaneous fermentation and aging occurred in stainless steel for this vintage. This is truly spellbinding Riesling with the beautiful concentration of 2015 balanced by bright acidity and the slightest bit of residual sugar. Honeysuckle, orange oil, mango and just-ripe peaches dance on the palate and linger on for ages. A delightful bottle that should age with grace for the long-term, and a thoughtful gift for the Riesling-head in your life. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $33.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $68.99

Immich-Batterieberg 2015 Mosel Jour Fixe Riesling Brut Nature

Jour Fixe is a blend of (mostly) ungrafted, single-post trained, old-vine Riesling sourced from a high parcel in Ellergrub, the western part of Zollturm, and a steep portion of the Oberemmeler Altenberg in the Saar valley. Zero-dosage, zero free sulfur remains as the base wine only had a small amount added in the cellar. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in barrel and the wine finished its journey via the méthode Champenoise, with second fermentation in the bottle. A warmer vintage like 2015 means a scintillating balance between ripeness and acidity, and a more lush palate. When first opened the wine shows textbook high-toned Riesling, with punchy acidity, a racy mousse and slightly underripe stone fruit with a slight herbaceousness. With a touch of time open, the wine really broadens into an elegant experience, with notes of burnished orange peel, toasted walnut, ripe peach, mango, apples and apricots on the lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

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

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

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
  • 22 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white off-dry
  • 18 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $38.99

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

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $40.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $54.99

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

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

  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • 34 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

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

Meyer, Stefan 2016 Pfalz Ein Liter Rhodt

Organically farmed, hand harvested, and spontaneously fermented in a mix of stainless steel and concrete tanks, then aged for 9 months in neutral oak; Dornfelder, Sankt Laurent, and Portugieser come together to make for a refreshingly juicy, dry chillable red, with notes of black raspberries, red plums and a undercurrent of soy sauce and meaty, mushroom umami. Delicious with grilled meats, pizza, fried chicken, burgers! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 51 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

Vollenweider 2016 Mosel Riesling Schimbock

Schimbock is a west-facing, slightly cooler, tiny parcel of gray and blue slate terraces with ungrafted, old vines with smaller, looser bunches (less-prone to botrytis). The grapes are pressed in a basket press over the span of 18 hours, and the wine ages in old fuder (1000L), whereas Daniel's other wines age in stainless tank. Three and a half days of skin contact gives beautiful structure and balance to the notes of soft white cherry, nectarine, and underripe pineapple--delicious! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

Weiser-Künstler 2016 Mosel Riesling Zeppwingert Sekt

Enkircher Zeppwingert is home to old vines on weathered Devonian (blue) slate, and the soil here has a bit more water retention capacity. Yields in 2016 were catastrophically low, and Alexandra and Konstantin don't make much of this Sekt in the first place, so we were only able to grab a single case, and have not been able to try the wine yet. That being said, we can never say no to the wines of Weiser-Künstler, a long-standing shop favorite! Méthode Champenoise with very low dosage. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $52.99