Germany

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Trocken

The Dhroner Hofberg is a unique vineyard site, located on the Dhron river, in a side-valley away from the Mosel. Here there are some vines up to 65-70 years in age, planted on a mix of state and quartzite. For the trocken, the hand-harvested grapes go through spontaneous fermentation and élevage in used fuder (1000L barrel). I'm still in awe that Barbara and Andreas were able to achieve such luminosity and verve in their entire line-up of 2018ers, a difficult year to do so. The Hofberg trocken is really bright and saline, with a mélange of citrus zests over white stones. Buy some for now and some to hold onto! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $72.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Auslese

Andreas and his sister Barbara are 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. No botrytis in 2018, this is a beautiful Auslese for holding onto, really well-balanced. Incredible intensity with mineral cut, tart, zesty starfruit, peach candy, wild strawberries and cream. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $73.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 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, when tasted in June 2019, the wine was a bit closed on the nose, reflecting the recent bottling; thankfully the palate is fresh, mineral and balanced with a prickle of acidity lifting the slightest sweetness of green plum and mango along with white grapefruit zest, a delicious feinherb that should settle in nicely. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett

Andreas Adam took on his family's estate with the 2000 vintage, revitalizing and restoring old-vine sites in the towns of Dhron and Piesporter. His sister, Barbara joined in 2013 and together they take care of both vineyards and cellar work. Grapes for the kabinett come from a terraced parcel in the Goldtröpchen, with vines planted in 1909, ungrafted. This is such a fantastic kabinett: bright and light with ripe mango, tangerines and orange zest, and an elegant, lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese

When this was first tasted in the summer of 2019, it needed to shake some of its SO2 on the nose, but that will just take time. Beyond the SO2 are delicate, beautiful florals. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and cassis. I have 'great' underlined twice in my notes. This is a wine to age, or if opening now, do so about a half-hour early and pair with spicy foods or cheese plates. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $62.99

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Trollinger

Jochen Beurer's reds are truly a delight, and the Trollinger is one we look forward to every vintage. You may know the grape as Schiava (often grown in the north of Italy), but even in the warmer climate of Württemburg Jochen manages to coax out the the high-toned and chipper side of Trollinger to make this a lively, chillable red. Vines planted in the mid-seventies and farmed biodynamically, grapes are hand harvested, and the wine ferments in old barrels. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Württemberg Rosé

After being part of the local co-op for years, the Beurer family decided to make the change to crafting wines for their own label in 1997, and began to shift to organic farming starting in 2003, eventually becoming Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2012. The majority of the vineyards are planted to Riesling, but red grapes take well to the climate in Württemberg. This year the rosé is a saignée of Trollinger, Zweigelt, Spätburgunder, and Portugieser, and it's fantastic. It's just the faintest bit off-dry, but that really only amplifies the juicy red berries and and is properly balanced by bright acidity. Incredibly refreshing, this would be a fun companion to soft-scrambled eggs, Wiener schnitzel and fries, fried anything really, and of course outdoor BBQs. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2018 Pfalz Riesling Brand X Pinch 1L

Our friends at vom Boden have given NY retailers access to cases of the previously-exclusive Pinch Chinese x Brand Brothers dry Riesling Liters to sell to you for $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers – vom Boden is proud to have been a founding supporter. We are honored to participate in this opportunity to donate to this resource and offer refreshing wine to boot! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic

Dreissigacker 2018 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

Jochen Dreissigacker took over his family's estate in 2001 and began to steer the vineyards towards organic farming, which are now certified as such. Their entry-level trocken is a sourced from a mix of estate and purchased grapes (all organic), from mostly south/southeast-facing sites on loess and loam. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, Jochen Dreissigacker was able to preserve a wonderful freshness and balance. This is a delightfully refreshing Riesling, with brisk acidity and notes of lush nectarines, tangerine juice and zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 63 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Enderle & Moll 2018 Baden Spätburgunder Rosé

One of my favorite vintages of this wine to date, a delightful Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) rosé to pair with all sorts of foods, including heartier winter fare. Simply delicious when first opened, the palate just gets brighter and juicier as the wine takes air. Scents of roses, red cherries and cranberries leap out of the glass, the palate has an almost crystalline freshness, with vibrant red florals, blood orange, crunchy pomegranate seeds, and wild strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Müller-Thurgau Müller

Young-vine Müller-Thurgau from both estate vineyards and fruit from Stefan Steinmetz, three days of skin contact. Tropical aromatics, ginger, and florals on the nose, the palate is ripe and spicy with notes of apricot skin, yellow apple, sandalwood, and juicy pineapple. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2017 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Red Wine Trocken

The Falkenstein Red is sourced from 25-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted near the estate on the Herrenberg. Grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation and the wine ages for 18 months (in Fuder of course) with enough natural acidity to stave off malolactic conversion; this makes for a fresh and bright red! Showing a subtle nose of red currants, cherries, and graphite, the wine is medium light in body with more balanced acidity than the 2016. Ripe red cherries and plum skin, raspberry coulis, blood orange and strawberries sustain on a lengthy finish. Enjoy with rustic mushroom dishes, roasted salmon, charcuterie platters, winter squash soups. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2018 Saar Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese AP 6

The two different Euchariusberg Spätlese bottlings (AP 6 and AP 14) are sourced from two separate parcels, found further up the Großschock slope from the plots used for the Kabinett wines. CB   Fuder Klaus Lang 

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

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 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 and quartzite with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha).Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Viewable from the estate, Steffensberg is the warmest site, boasting both gray and red slate with deeper soil. Gernot works a total of 1.5 hectares spread between some of the finest plots with mostly ungrafted vines. Portions of the hillside have been partially replanted due to Flurbereinigung (a remodeling/restructuring of the vineyards, adding access roadways and consolidating plots) starting in the 1960s. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Karthäuserhof 2010 Ruwer Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg BA 375

Karthäuserhof is a treasure in the Ruwer valley; a monastery run for nearly 500 years by Carthusian (hence the name) monks starting in the early 1300s, it was secularized in 1803 and purchased by a French general in 1811. Since then it's been passed down family lines for seven generations with its 19-hectare monopol, the Eitelsbacher Karthäsuserhofberg. Soils on the 'berg are mostly Devonian blue slate with iron oxide striations at varied levels of erosion, and some veins of clay in the soil below to help with water retention. The dense forests in the region bring both shelter from the winds on the slope, and also a variety of fauna and insects to the vineyard. In the bottles I've been able to try, I always find something mineral and green in these wines. Not green as in young, but green, like a freshly rain-soaked forest. In 2010 there were lower yields all around Germany, and this was also true in the Ruwer. Karthäuserhof had close to a 50% loss in yields, but was still able to produce a Beerenauslese, due to the clean, beautiful botrytis and sustained acidity from the cooling weather around harvest time. These bottles came to us from a private cellar, and we would love to hear any reports about how this is tasting. I'm assuming it's probably still very young!! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Koch, Holger 2018 Baden Bickensohler 'Ja Goutte!'

Holger Koch's wines are the sleeper hits of Swabia. His Pinot Noirs 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. 'Ja Goutte!' is, as the label may suggest, a more casual wine for drinking in the now. A blend of younger-vine Weissburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, and Grauburgunder (15% whole cluster fermentation) aged in a mix of stainless steel and 500L neutral barrel. White fruit and flowers, stone on the nose, the wine has a lovely energy bolstering ripe pineapple, green herbs, white peach, apricot, Fuji apple with saline minerality on the finish. Enjoy with meatier fish, roasted chicken, cheese plates, risotto. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2018 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. On the nose, hints of apricot and lime zest compliment a fresh smokiness. The palate has supple flavors of golden apple and cured apricot. Structurally,  there is a delicious marriage between sweetness and focused, bright minerality. David H

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

  • Organic

Kraemer, Stephan 2016 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Muschelkalk Trocken

We had to grab some of Stephan Kraemer's Silvaner from Muschelkalk, or shell limestone soils. This is actually from their 18 year-old vines (their 50 y/o vines are used for the Silex bottling). Certified organic farming (since 1990) and dilligent attention to soil health along with delicate hand-harvesting makes for high-quality material! Half of the grapes are directly pressed and ferment/age on the lees in neutral wood barrel, the other half is split between whole cluster fermentation in open vat with basket pressing and the final fourth is left to semi-carbonic maceration. All three parts are blended before bottling with 20 ppm SO2 added. Delicious and light, lime zest and green apple skin, salty and stony all at once. This is your new mineral water! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Müller-Thurgau Pet-Nat

First-pass Müller-Thurgau grown on Muschelkalk (shell limestone) soils, whole cluster spontaneous fermentation in stainless, bottled with no added SO2. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Pinot Meunier Rosé

Hand-harvested from 40-year-old vines of Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling), directly pressed, spontaneously fermented and aged in neutral Burgundy barrel, with 20 ppm SO2 added before bottling. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Trocken

Stephan Kraemer and his family tend 70 hectares of crops (grains, vegetables, sunflowers) and also care for cows and bees. On top of this they have four hectares of vines between two locations: Tauberzeller Hasennestle and Röttinger Feuerstein. They've been organically certified since 1990. Stephan works steep hillside sites and terraced vineyards, and has a focus on working with regional grapes, from Silvaner and Riesling, to lesser-known varieties like Regent and Bacchus. This wine is sourced from a mix of 18 and 50 year-old Silvaner vines from parcels on limestone and silex soils. The grapes are destemmed, directly pressed and spontaneously ferment/age in stainless tank. The wine stays on the lees until bottling and only between 20-25 ppm of SO2 is added. This is great Silvaner! Crisp and bright with some weight on the mid-palate. Notes of green and white apples, and freshly cut herbs, with just a whisper of salinity on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's parcel of the Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Ayler Kupp, closer to the base of the slope. Rocks and green apple skin, lemon balm, apricot, and white florals peek through on the nose and the palate, along with green mango, peaches, and orange juice concentrate (I'm talking frozen orange juice concentrate), with a beautiful tension--a graceful push-and-pull between the racy acidity and silky fruits, with a driving mineral thread throughout. Enjoyable now, this would be a real treat to check in on in 5-10 years. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the meager soils, cooler climate and wind at this altitude make for a site that is often harvested last. A nose flooded with gardenias and magnolia blossoms, sorrel, stone and wild strawberries, the Stirn is singing with zesty green plum and mango, key lime zest, grapefruit, and nectarine, great balance and tension built on a mineral core. Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 7 Spätlese

Much like the Kabinett, grapes for the Spätlese are pre-selections from multiple vineyards on Ayler Kupp. Tasting notes forthcoming...Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 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, with slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. When we tried the wine a few months ago, it was showing a bit more reticence than expected (but we assume that's an unfortunate side-effect from tasting suitcase-carried bottles right after arrival). Subtle notes of green herb stems, delicate florals, and juicy orange, balanced with just a hint of sweetness. We look forward to re-visiting this bottle! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Riesling Fass 3 Feinherb

New to the US, sourced from a parcel adjacent to Stirn on the Ayler Kupp. Fass 3 is that electric, ever-so-slightly off-dry Saar Riesling we love: bright notes of juicy tangerine and nectarine are focused and practically shimmer on the palate. A lively pairing for ceviche, fried chicken, salty snacks, dry hot pot. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Feils (Saarfeils) GG

A warm vintage overall, Florian Lauer found himself not only harvesting earlier, but also had his work cut out for him at press time. Drawing inspiration from Champagne, he ended up fractioning at press in order to help preserve acidity and the overall style he wanted for each bottling. Saarfeilser is a Grand Cru site across the river from Ayler Kupp, with a warmer climate and higher levels of gravel in the soil. CB

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

The grapes for this GG come only from mid-slope Ayler Kupp, at the turn of the hill. This legendary location makes for age-worthy wines with verve and complexity. CB

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Schonfels GG

This steep site basically dead-ends into a cliff above the river and I found myself walking about one-third of the way down into the vines before deciding I still had things I wanted to do with my life, and tumbling off a cliff wasn't one of them. Proximity to the river gives adequate warmth and cooling breezes to provide the key diurnal temperatures that influence acidity and expressiveness of aromatics. The soil here is mostly blue slate, which also helps to absorb the heat from the sun. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic

Leiner 2017 Pfalz Riesling Handwerk

Demeter certified Riesling from the southern Pfalz, grown on a mix of soil types, including colored sandstone, limestone, loess & loam. The Riesling for the 'Handwerk' bottling is hand-harvested, ferments with no added yeasts, and is aged in steel tank. Even though 2017 was a bit warmer than 2016, it sure doesn't show here. 'Handwerk' is saline and bright, with fresh lime and lemon juice and just underripe apricots; mineral and electric. Cari Bernard

  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Biodynamic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Maximiner Klosterlay Riesling

As is true of many current vineyard holdings in Germany, this was once in the care of the church. In this case it was the Benedictine abbey St. Maximin. Once the land holdings were secularized by Napoleon, these parcels were snapped up by different families, and this particular vineyard was purchased in 1803 by ancestors of the Loewen family. Historically highly rated, this is a classic Mosel vineyard, with good sun exposure and Devonian blue slate soils. This wine gives way more mineral cut and salinity than would be expected in a warm vintage like 2018, deftly balanced by ripe mango and peach to round it out just slightly. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Leiwener Laurentiuslay Spätlese

The Loewen family began purchasing parcels of vines back in 1805, with a focus on top-tier sites. Their current 15 hectares stretch from the Maximin Herrenberg, where they have a parcel dating back to 1896, to the Leiwener Laurentiuslay, a partially-terraced south-west facing site, with decomposed gray slate easily warmed by the sun and fed by underground water sources to support the vines during dry spells. Not sure what the official news is on botrytis, but there is a hint of saffron on the nose, along with white florals, the wine has a great concentration and richness with ripe peach, mango, orange and tart tangerine zest bringing up the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch Auslese

A fantastic Auslese from a warmer vintage: subtle and elegant nose of herbs and ripe citrus with no botrytis, the palate is layered and fresh, stone fruit and deep minerality with lemon candy and delicate florals. A bottle to cellar for at least ten years to begin to see the balance and intricacy of this wine. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch GG

Ritsch is one of those classic, epic Mosel vineyards: punishingly steep (second only in grade to the Bremmer Calmont), terraced and foreboding enough to remain untouched by the big vineyard remodel that began in the 1970s. Soils here are a mix of gray slate and quartzite and many of the vines are ungrafted. Bracing acidity and saline tones give way long enough for white grapefruit to flood the palate, a bottle to cellar, this wine needs time, but should reward your patience.  Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Melsheimer 2016 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 2016 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese, and the sum of these parts is a delightful slightly off-dry Riesling. Just a touch reductive upon opening, the herbaceous and cooler qualities of the vintage come through on the nose and the palate along with green apple, peach, nectarine, and tart apricot. This would be fantastic paired with spicy cuisine, fried foods, or brunch (it is only 10% ABV, after all). Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When was the last time we had a BA from Schaefer at the shop? April of 2014. Have we tasted this one? No, but when there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #14 375ml

If my notes are correct, the two Domprobst Auslesen released to the US take the #11 and #14 numberings. I did get a chance to try #11 at the estate in 2017, loved it, and also ordered the #14 (without being able to taste it) because the #11 was so inspiring, and #14 is supposed to be a touch more concentrated. I'm gonna wager it will be a great bottle to age for at least a decade. The 2016 vintage was both awesome and elegant at Weingut Willi Schaefer, and right now if you're not snapping these bottles up at 2017 prices, I don't know if we have anything else to talk about. Cari Bernard 

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 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. This year's #10 is all clover and cantaloupe on the nose, the wine has a mineral water quality and freshness with juicy nectarines, kiwi, Fuji and green apples, fantastic acidity and length, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $53.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there!! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 17 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there (will age even longer en magnum)! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $152.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family still only farms 4.2 hectares, the majority of which tower behind their hometown of Graach (2 ha on Domprobst, 2 ha on Himmelreich), as well as .2 ha on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, all in total, they work over 100 separate parcels. Graacher Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) is home to Devonian slate soils (blue/gray) with a south/southwest exposition; the Himmelreich and its neighboring vineyard the Domprobst both have access to a unique network of underground water veins that bring a cooling element and much needed support to the vines on this fairly warm site. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder. In contrast to the incredibly low yields of 2017, 2018 was practically a bumper crop (I exaggerate). Delightfully floral on the nose, the Himmelreich is creamy and medium-bodied with notes of freshly-cut Fuji apple, smoke, peach candy, mango, salted orange on the lengthy finish. This would be a delightful Riesling to pair with the mix of sweet and richly savory elements of your holiday table, just make sure you open maybe thirty minutes before serving. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $51.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family owns 0.2 hectares within this famed vineyard in the Mosel, south-southwest orientation and classic Mosel Devonian slate with some clay below. We haven't had a chance to taste this vintage, will let you know when we do! CB



  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

Scheuermann 2018 Pfalz Riesling Trocken

Gabriel and Simon Scheuermann are brothers who took over their family estate in the Pfalz about ten years ago, at the tender ages of 16 and 19. They've been working biodynamically, converting their 31 hectares fully in 2012. Currently the brothers only make wines from about 7 of the 31 hectares, the rest of the grapes are sold to neighboring organic wineries. Simon is focused on farming, Gabriel is in the cellar, and together, they've been making some fantastic wines! Their 2018 Riesling trocken is hand-harvested from multiple parcels of vines ranging from 10-30 years in age, planted on loess and sandstone soils. Fermentation is spontaneous and the wine ages on the lees in stainless tank for six months before being bottled unfined. This a delicious and very easy-drinking dry Riesling, with flavors of juicy peach, apricot, mango and quince balanced by an invigorating acidity! Thirst-quenching and versatile with lots of different types of cuisine. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic

Vetter, Stefan 2016 Franken Riesling Steinterrassen

"Not More But Also Not Less." This is the translation of the phrase printed near the base of every label of Vetter wine (and cider), and it perfectly sums up Stefan Vetter’s approach and commitment to his vineyards and wines. He works by hand in the vineyards, using organic and biodynamic methods. In the cellar he adds close to nothing, allowing for spontaneous fermentation, and uses a mix of used barrels of various sizes with the occasional stainless steel tank if yields are high. The wines spend at least 12 months in barrel, are unfined and unfiltered, and Vetter uses fairly low levels of sulfur (10-20 ppm) or none at all, depending on the needs of the wine. 'Steinterrassen' is in reference to the crumbling, old stone terraces in the vineyards, where there's both shell limestone and red sandstone soils. Grapes are hand harvested and are pressed with an old screw press, spontaneous fermentation and aging for the Riesling is in old wooden barrel. The 2016 is sharp, mineral, and very dry, with notes of green herbs and stone, sour tropical fruits and lime zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Gutedel

Alexander Götze and Christoph Wolber met while making wine in Burgundy. Their friendship led to their return to Germany, and they've made it their mission to find unique old-clone parcels of old vines, their total hectareage is currently at 1.33 ha, and they do purchase fruit, but only if it's organically/biodynamically farmed. The vineyards range in soils from shell limestone, loam, loess, and gravel, to volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Aside from Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay, they have Gutedel, otherwise known as Chasselas (30 y/o vines)! Grapes are (always) hand-harvested, 50% are destemmed and ferment on the skins in used 600L wood casks. Élevage is in the same casks and the wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, with lower levels of SO2 added. We look forward to trying this vintage! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Weiser-Künstler 2015 Ellergurb Riesling Trocken 'Grosse Eule'

The Ellergrub is a top-tier vineyard site with an extremely steep grade and ample amounts of dark blue and gray slate at various states of erosion. The old vines here give grapes that are perfectly suited for wines that exemplify Weiser-Kunstler's pursuit of tension and structure. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 'GE'

The 'GE' (Grosse Eule) is Alexandra and Konstantin's 'GG' for the vintage, and in 2018 Ellergrub took the honors. Not a surprise though, as the parcel is home to 100-110 year-old ungrafted vines on blue and gray slate, known for concentration, tension, and age-worthiness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic