Germany

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

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

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $52.99

Beurer, Jochen 2020 Württemberg Rosé

Saignée from Trollinger, Portugeiser, Spätburgunder and Zweigelt. The 2020 Beurer Württemberg Rosé has a deep pink robe. The nose offers a mélange of strawberry blossom, watermelon rind, with a whiff of cara cara orange zest. The mid-weight and zesty palate balances ripe red fruit flavors, sour cherry, crushed strawberries, and watermelon with a distinctively savory character. Try this with a plate of salumi, tomato salad, or even crudo on a warm evening as the cicadas hum! John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 64 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beurer, Jochen 2020 Württemberg Rosé 1.5 L

Saignée from Trollinger, Portugeiser, Spätburgunder and Zweigelt. The 2020 Beurer Württemberg Rosé has a deep pink robe. The nose offers a mélange of strawberry blossom, watermelon rind, with a whiff of cara cara orange zest. The mid-weight and zesty palate balances ripe red fruit flavors, sour cherry, crushed strawberries, and watermelon with a distinctively savory character. Try this with a plate of salumi, tomato salad, or even crudo on a warm evening as the cicadas hum! John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $32.99

Dreissigacker 2020 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

Jochen Dreissigacker took over his family's estate in 2001 and works organically (certified). The entry-level trocken a mix of estate and purchased grapes (all organic), from mostly south/southeast-facing sites on loess and loam. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in stainless steel tank.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

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

Enderle & Moll 2019 Baden Spätburgunder Rosé

100% Pinot Noir from sandstone and limestone soils. Fermentation on skins for about a week, then pressed and matured in used Burgundy barrels for about ten months. Lightly filtered with just a hint  of sulfur added. The 2019 Baden Spätburgunder Rosé has a darker ruby robe. The wine offers lovely rose petal and bruised strawberry aromas on the nose with pretty, exotic spice notes. The midweight palate boasts attractive wild cherry and red plum flavors with a tangy limestone-informed core and a lingering, savory, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $94.99

Fricke, Eva 2019 Rheingau Riesling Mélange Trocken

    The 2019 Mélange is a blend  from various vineyard sites around Kiedrich, Eltville and Hattenheim. The wine boasts a pale yellow gold robe. The nose is more layered and complex than the Trocken QbA with aromas of yellow fruit, orange blossom, bee pollen, and wet stone. There’s more concentration here as well, with ripe stone fruit and lemon curd flavors washing across a profoundly mineral foundation, the the interplay between the two making for compelling drinking. Simultaneously riper and drier than the other QbAs, this still offers excellent balance while one susses out all the effusive aromas and delicious fruit and stone flavors. Compelling now, but 5-8 years and beyond in the cellar should do wonders as the structural notes knit with the exuberant energy of the plush fruit. A fine pairing with pan-roasted hen of the woods mushrooms, kale, and  cranberry beans, though there's enough sap here to get along famously with roasted guinea fowl or skate with brown butter and capers. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 15 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2018 Mosel C.A.I. Riesling Trocken

C.A.I. stands for Carl August Immich, owner of the estate in the 19th century, who used gunpowder charges to blast out part of the mountainside in order to plant vines. Grapes are sourced  from vineyards in the Mosel and Saar valleys, vinified in stainless steel. The 2018 has a pale robe. There's a malty, yellow-fruited richness to the nose along with wisps of peach skin and lime zest giving way to a subtle and enticing mineral character. The palate is dry with stone fruit and salted pineapple notes, with a fine mineral core and long, zesty, lifted finish. This is delicious, though it should gain with a year or two in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2018 Mosel Escheburg Riesling

Escheburg is a blend of old vine (about 60 year-old) parcels from remarkable terroirs in Enkirch. And the 2018 edition is a beauty. The robe is a pale lemon sherbet yellow with touches of green. The nose hints at yellow flowers and bee pollen, before picking up stone fruit, spice, melon, and lemon verbena notes. The palate is dry, but by no means austere, with good concentration, an array of white and yellow orchard fruit flavor,s and a salty mineral kick that carries on to the lengthy and mouthwatering, stony finish. This offers plenty in the way of geology lessons, but manifests in a salty/rock collection manner rather than mouth-puckering acidity. Not only is it layered and nuanced, but it was positively delicious with Thai curry noodles and mango salad, the texture holding its own with the coconut in the dish while the “inner mouth perfume” (terminology lovingly stolen from David Schildknecht) is captivating. And while everyone is scrambling to grab 2019s, to neglect this  would be to miss out on one of the marvelous 2018s. Kudos to Gernot Kollman for a lovely wine in a woefully under-appreciated vintage. There is fantastic potential here and 5-7 years in the cellar should be rewarded amply. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

Knauss 2018 Württemberg Red Pure

The wine has a densely purple core, with lighter violet on the edges. The nose has rich aromas of candied raspberry and blackberry, dense green herbs, and pungent dark flowers. The palate is plummy, with a dash of tart cherry, green stems and a vibrant mineral undertone. Wonderfully fresh acidity, along with some chewy tannin, balance out the mouthfeel. A great, bold red with a crunchy core and wild fruit - drink today!


  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss 2020 Württemberg Boutanche Trollinger 1L

For a light, happy red that can be easily drunk in far more quantity than is appropriate, the Trollinger from Andi Knauss in Württemberg has quickly become a favorite. Plus, it comes in a handy 1-liter size so the party just keeps on going and going. Seriously, though, this wine is made of what the Italians would call Schiava, but to us it's more like a fresh Poulsard or Beaujolais-Villages. Notes of cranberry, fresh cherry, and a touch of soft herbs and bit of allspice. Juicy, refreshing, and the tinniest bit of tannin on the palate. Serve chilled with your next picnic or outdoor gathering! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 8 in stock
  • $32.99

Konni & Evi 2019 Saale-Unstrut Portugieser

So, just where exactly is Saale-Unstrut? It is located near Liepzig and southwest of Berlin, dear reader. And vines have been cultivated there since at least the 10th century. That said, the terraced vineyards of this historical place aren't exactly a household name for most German wine lovers. Farming is biodynamic, fermentation is spontaneous,  and depending on the barrel, some wines will be allowed to develop a flor as in sherry or the Jura. Here are the details for the 2019 Portugieuser from our friends at Vom Boden: Freyburger Schweigenberge (terraced) and Karsdorfer Ziegental (both vineyards boast limestone soils) vines here range from 50 to over 85 years old and have tiny berries. Maceration for four days, then basket pressed whole cluster, élevage in barrel, bottled w/very low SO2 (5-10 mg/l), unfined/unfiltered.The nose is wild berry and brambly with some notes of white pepper and Oolong tea. The palate is bright and lithe with all manner of forest fruits, blackberry seed, and loamy soil notes on a distinctively sapid finish. This shows a fun sauvage character and makes me think this would be perfect with a bit of a chill with sausages grilled over a fire or smoked brisket.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Konni & Evi 2019 Saale-Unstrut Silvaner

So, just where exactly is Saale-Unstrut? It is located near Liepzig and southwest of Berlin, about as far north as Calgary, Kamchatka Peninsula, or Labrador. And vines have been cultivated there since at least the 10th century. That said, the terraced vineyards of this historical place aren't exactly a household name for most German wine lovers. Farming is biodynamic, fermentation is spontaneous,  and depending on the barrel, some wines will be allowed to develop a flor as in sherry or the Jura. Here are the techincal stats from our friends at Vom Boden: Karsdorfer Ziegental, Steigrarer Hahneberg and Freyburger Schweigenberg vineyards; vines between 30 and 85 years old, on limestone soils, hand-harvested early; 3-6 day maceration before pressing in small basket press, natural yeast ferm, élevage in barrel, bottled w/very low SO2 (5-10 mg/l), unfined/unfiltered.  And having tasted this there is a brisk, salty, coolness  and tang with notes of lime skin, white flower, and bracken on the nose. While the palate is lean and punchy with  a salty/ briny/ faintly oxidative note that hovers between Sanlúcar and Sèvre et Maine, and this character has me dreaming of tinned fish or gravlax on brown bread with French butter. Though cockles with a green herb sauce wouldn't be out of the question either. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2019 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg Fass 12

Covered in eroded gray slate, the south-southwest facing Unterstenberg lieu dit 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. Fermented to just off-dry in 2019.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

  • 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Molitor, Markus 2016 Mosel Riesling Alte Reben 'White Capsule'

Sourced from old vine parcels in Ürzig and Zeltingen in the Mittelmosel. The 2016 Alte Reben from Molitor displays a pale yellow, hinting at gold, robe. The nose offers pretty aromas of white flowers, citrus blossom, spices, and peach skin. The mid-weight palate has a zesty mineral attack, followed by a flush of ripe stone fruit flavors and filigree of cool crushed herbs, culminating in a long sapid, mouthwatering finish. Though dry, this is by no means austere and will charm on its own, though I'd love to give this a whirl with sautéed scallops in brown butter atop a celery root purée or morels and English peas stewed in butter. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

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

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

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

Später-Veit 2019 Piesporter Riesling Feinherb 1 L

This slightly off-dry Riesling really leaps out of the glass with lively stone fruit and minerals. Vivacious acidity gives it lift and is matched with silky, ripe pear on the palate, with hint of texture on the finish. This is a standout value in the 1L bottle, and all comes from the gray slate of the Falkenberg parcel, just above the famous Piesporter Goldtröpchen vineyard. Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel.

  • white off-dry
  • 19 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 55 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vetter, Stefan 2017 Franken Sylvaner Steinterrassen Muschelkalk

Stefan Vetter is nothing if not committed to Sylvaner as a grape variety, but even more a lens thru which we can view his special terroirs. As the name implies, the vines are on terraces with limestone soils. Whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in old barrel, and bottled without filtration. The 2017 Steinterrassen Muschelkalk offers pretty aromas of lime blossom, comice pear, lime zest, and apple skin. The palate is layered and filigreed, with zesty notes of apple skin, green plum, dancing across a tangy/salty mineral core. There's sneaky depth and persistence here and the wine finishes with brio. This has knit beautifully since release and cries out for asparagus with hollandaise, potato-ramp velouté, or perhaps Hearth restaurant's justifiably famous fava beans with young pecorino, and spring onions. John McIlwain 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 18 in stock
  • $32.99

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $204.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $259.99

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

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

The Swiss Army Knife of the Mosel? Perhaps... The Weiser-Künstler 2019 Feinherb is weighs in at a breezy 10.5% abv. Stone fruit, green apple, pear skin on the nose. The palate is lithe and dances with flavors of lime skin, crushed herbs, Rainier cherry, and a pleasing quinine/stony bitterness that lends a sense of tension to the medium length, rising finish. This pulls off the agile intensity-without-weight character of my favorite just off-dry Mosel wines, while presenting on the drier side as and I struggle to imagine a more versatile white for the table. Softshell crab? Of course! Fish curry with noodles? A breeze. Watermelon salad with feta? Bring it on. Pork cutlet with wild mushrooms? In a heartbeat! Not only is this delicious—and it is—but each swallow beckons the drinker to take another sip. If only every other wine offered such joy for so little money. Happy to drink this weekly. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • white
  • 18 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur