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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
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white off-dry
  • 19 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and are now fully-certified since the 2018 vintage. Their Pét-Nat Blanc is made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone.  -CB

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

(Was $72.99)  Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Portugieser, with no added SO2. Totally dry, with a prickly, energetic mousse bolstering flavors of red grapefruit, tart crushed cranberries, wild strawberries and red hibiscus.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.74

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Collective Z 2018 Pfälzer Landwein Sylvaner Kalkoven Unfiltriert

Silvaner from the Leistadt subregion in the Pfalz. “Kalkofen” (chalk oven), is a warm, limestone-rich site. Grapes are fermented in large barrels, with 2 days of skin contact, and long aging on the lees. For fans of cloudy, unfiltered whites, search no farther, and for fans of Silvaner (Sylvaner), this is definitely recommended.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle & Moll 2018 Baden Weiß & Grau (burgunder)

Importer technical note:  Close to a 60/40 blend of Weißburgunder and Grauburgunder (Pinots Blanc and Gris) fermented for 3-4 weeks on the skins, pressed and moved to a 2500-liter oak cask. It then matures for 10 months on the lees before a light filtration a minute addition of sulfur at bottling. 333 cases produced.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $21.99

Haart, Julian 2019 Mosel Riesling 'Moselle'

Another punchy 2019 German. Julian Haart’s Moselle is mostly sourced from Goldtropfchen with an assist from Ohligsberg and Gu¨nterslay. 11.5% abv. The robe is a pale greenish yellow. Upon opening a the is a touch of reduction; with ten minutes in the glass aromas of lemon blossom, apricot fuzz, lemon balm, and sea spray emerge. This gives way to ripe white peach, preserved lemon, and crushed herbs. The mid-weight, but agile palate is dry and racy with a firm mineral spine and tangy acidity buoyed by loads of white orchard fruits. This coltish offering shows great charm (and certainly energy over mass) but is rooted enough in stoniness to for the dedicated Mosel geology freak to derive satisfaction . This improves with air and a brisk decant isn’t out of order—though a couple of years in the cellar should take care of the reduction and certainly allow the mineral, acid, and vibrant cool fruit to knit. And while I’ll admit to a preference towards pradikat wines from the Mosel, this is compelling and vivacious and certainly worth a look. A fine pairing with a braised scallion and English peas starter anointed with fine olive oil, burrata, and fresh mint, though I’d also love to pair this with softshell crab or scallop crudo. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $29.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $67.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Matthias Klein, Jan 2019 Mosel Kröv Little Bastard White Blend

Jan Matthias Klein is the 7th generation winemaker at Staffelter Hof, in Kröv, Middle Mosel, a long-standing estate with a total of 9 hectares. The 'Little Bastard' is an example of his more recent forays into natural wine. The steep, slate vineyards are farmed organically, which is not business as usual in the Mosel. Little Bastard White Blend is Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Muscat, all spontaneously fermented in stainless and then aged in old fuder separately. Blended and bottled unfiltered with no added sulfur, this is a delightful skin-contact white for everyday enjoyment. Just enough texture to balance the heady tropical fruit and floral notes, with flavors of peach and tart apricot coming through from the Riesling.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

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
  • 1 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

Schlossmuhlenhof 2018 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken "Bodenfunk"

A dry Riesling from the Reinhessen region of Germany. Fermentation is with indigenous yeast, aging is in stainless steel, and the wine is bottled without filtration, lending an opaque quality in the glass. We're assuming the "Boden Funk" nickname for this wine is referring to the fact that it's an unfiltered white, but there is really nothing funky about the wine. It is by all means a pitch perfect Riesling, with lime flower notes and zippy acidity. Refreshing, totally dry, and a fantastic value. 

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 34 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

Vetter, Stefan 2017 Franken Sylvaner GK Gambacher Kalbenstein

We've written before about our love for Sylvaner, an unfairly neglected variety. And nowhere is the grape loved more than in Baden, where its light shines brightest. And in our eyes, Stefan Vetter is making some of the most compelling examples, through diligent farming and a focus on terroir that rivals anyone in Burgundy or the Mosel. Farming is organic, though not certified, fermentation is with native yeasts, and there is minimal use of sulfur. Gambacher Kalbenstein is a parcel of old vines in limestone and sandstone soils and should be considered Vetter's grand cru and the 2017 GK is a beauty! The nose is effusive with aromas of white flowers, apple skin, cool herbs, wet stone. The mid-weight palate is an attractive mélange of orchard fruit (white peach, Mirabelle) flavors and pithy, citrusy Meyer lemon oil notes, with a fine-grained, chalky mineral frame. The finish is lifted, long, and lingering. This is delicious now with a decant, but will dazzle with a few years in bottle and is enthusiastically recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Chardonnay Filzen

White yellow robe. Light to medium weight. The nose offers aromas of sea spray, key lime, lemon blossom, crushed herbs, and chalkboard. The palate is racy, with citrus zest, gooseberry, russet apple, and pear skin flavors with a dusty chalkiness that is more akin to Coteaux Champenois than Meursault. It shows the more architectural, even cerebral profile of the grape, rather than the rich supple side. It makes one wonder if Chardonnay doesn’t still have a thing of two to show us. Quite nice with roast poussin, Swiss chard gratin, and honeynut squash, though I might save the next bottle for a skate wing with brown butter, or even wine-steamed mussels with lots of herbs.John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Weissburgunder 1.5L

Organically farmed Weissburgunder from loess and  volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Whole cluster pressed. Aged for 12 months in neutral barrel, followed by 6 months in stainless steel with minimal sulfur addition after malolactic fermentation, per importer.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2019 Baden Gutedel

From 30 year-old biodynamically farmed vines. 50% direct pressed into barrel, 50% of the grapes fermented on the skins. Weighs in at a mere 10% abv. Pale golden robe. Upon opening there's just a touch of reduction on the nose giving way to aromas of pear skin, white apricot, and bee pollen. The palate is dry and savory with yellow fruits, a fresh stony component and the faint hint of a prickle to it. There is good texture and cut here without the blowsiness of some Chasselas/Gutedel/Fendent. The balance between splashy freshness and the more sapid notes is both agreeable and delicious. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $29.99

Ziereisen 2016 Baden Pinot Noir Schulen

The last of a bevy of samples from a grower I didn’t really know, but whose wines have really made me take notice. Zeireisen 2016 Spa¨tburgunder “Schulen.”The vines are grown organically in limestone soils interspersed with alluvial stones. Vinification is with native yeasts and the wine sees a bit of new oak.  I’ll admit I’m not inclined toward most Spätburgunder as the wines from the early aughts combined ego and cooperage absolutely obliterating any sense of terroir--a shame really. But between Wasenhaus, Enderle and Moll (and of course the dazzling Hofgut Falkensatein sui generis bottling), we seem to be in something of a renaissance (though given the recent leaps and bounds perhaps naissance is a more accurate term). The robe is a dark ruby. The nose offers pretty aromas of Keemun Imperial tea, wild cherry, cassis, and wild violets. The palate is lithe, and displays beautiful equipoise between the just-verging-on-lush black fruit, and a zangy, pungently stony mineral core. The mid-palate shows dimension without veering into ‘zaftig’ and gives way to a mouthwatering, lean—though but by no means austere—finish. Delicious now, but given how this has opened up over the last couple of hours, there’s plenty of complexity forthcoming and I’d feel comfortable laying a few bottles down for the next 4-7 years. This balances freshness and earthiness deftly and is well worth a look. Fabulous with pan-roasted magret of duck with donabe kabocha squash, and braised baby bock choi. This is truly exciting Spa¨tburgunder and if I found this kicking around in Marsannay or Maranges, I’d be living the glamorous life of importer, chasing down my C.O.D. accounts. Good stuff, friends. As we “in the biz” say, “the real f'in’ deal.” John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99