Germany

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

Basserman-Jordan 2021 Pfalz La Vie Rosé Trocken

(Arrives 5/24) A selection of Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet from the Pfalz. This jaunty and vibrant "rosé de macercation" boasts a pale ruby robe with high-toned aromatics and a zesty wild berry palate. 

  • rosé
  • 34 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Beurer, Jochen 2020 Württemberg Weiss Trocken

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. The wines of Jochen Beurer come from vines planted on the 'Keuperlandschaft', a local landscape that contains layers of different rocks from the Upper Triassic period.  Jochen works with biodynamic treatments in the vineyards, and in the cellar, only spontaneous fermentation will do. His 2020 Weiss Trocken is a blend of estate-grown Kerner, Müller-Thurgau, and Weissburgunder, fermented and aged in stainless steel. Right out of the gate there are effusive aromatics: fresh cut apple, apple blossom, honeysuckle, honeydew, and salted lemon on the nose. The mid-weight palate is racy and lithe with plenty of brisk acidity and chalky mineral character to accompany the ripe orchard fruit flavors, with just a touch of cool herbaceousness to lend interest on a long, sapid, lip-smacking finish. This lovely Weiss makes for a snappy aperitif and is just the thing for a Spring dinner enjoyed outdoors. That a wine this fresh and pretty (and well farmed) can still be had for this price is gratifying. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. 2020 Pfalz Riesling Hommage à Luise

A blend of biodynamically farmed grapes from cool sites near the forest in Wachenheim and fermented to just off-dry, the Hommage à Luise offers attractive of nose of white peach, apple mint, and cinnamon. The racy, just mid-weight palate hews the line between Kabinett and Feinherb sweetness, with juicy stone fruit and red apple flavors astride a fine bead of limestone minerality  proceeding to a brisk, zesty finish. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Kiedrich Riesling Trocken

A blend from several organically farmed parcels around Kiedrich comprised of varying soils including sand, loam, loess, quartzite, and slate. Fermented with native yeasts in tank with 8 months on the fine lees (per importer).  Bottled as a Trocken QbA in 2020.

The Elektrik Kool-Aid quartzite test. I often wonder how some wines can manage such complexity and electricity in just a simple swirl of the glass and  sip. And yet here we are; thee 2020 Kiedrich from Eva Fricke offers seemingly kaleidoscopic detail and a crackling energy all its own. The wine is a pale green-tinged yellow. The nose is zesty and a bit wild, with aromas of sea spray, lemon and lime peel, bracken and green apple skin. The palate is ripe, but chiseled and sinewy, more electric circuit than mere steel, and while is seems to be nearly careening across the palate, the kaleidoscopic bus continues to pick up passengers. Dark, stone, salt lick, cut glass, limoncello, 9-volt battery and spearmint flavors all freak freely and it works. The finish dances exuberantly across the palate and with abandon, yet this energy seems elemental and ecstatic at the same time. There’s a lot of joy here. Turn on, Trocken, drop out! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Krone Riesling Trocken 1.5L

A blend from several organically farmed parcels around Kiedrich comprised of varying soils including sand, loam, loess, quartzite, and slate. Fermented with native yeasts in tank with 8 months on the fine lees (per importer).  Bottled as a Trocken QbA in 2020

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Krone Riesling Trocken

The Krone bottling feature slate soils with a limestone chalky substrate.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $154.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fricke, Eva 2020 Rheingau Riesling Mélange Trocken

The 2020 Mélange is a blend  from various vineyard sites around Kiedrich, Eltville and Hattenheim.While it’s no secret that Eva Fricke makes stellar wines no matter the vagaries of the vintage, it’s often overlooked that her wines beyond being very much expressions of terroir are equally attuned to the variations in weather and consistently reflect that variable. Case in point the glorious 2020 Mélange—while the extroverted (and delicious) 2019 expression sang an aria that reverberated through the rafters, the current vintage is a masterful string quartet or perhaps piano trio; suave expression and assured balance are key here. And as much as I love—no adore—the 2019s there’s such articulation and confidence here and I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite. The current release has a yellow, hinting at gold robe. The nose while offering a bit off reduction upon opening rights itself and features aromas of quince, Rainier cherry, chamomile tea, yellow blossoms, and bee pollen. The palate is ripe and just hinting at lush, with an array of white and yellow stone fruit, acacia honey (were it not sweet), and golden apple flavors masterfully offset with a pleasing bit of phenolic bitterness—think pear skin and salt rather than quinine. The sappy richness is assured and countered by a driving stoniness that leaves the palate enlivened. This is a Riesling of vigor and drive and wears its ripeness well. There’s plenty of material here, but patience will be rewarded. Excellent with a nibble of 36 month Comté but better still with the preceding prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast with red wine lentils and sausage. Absent the scarcity of these wines, I’d counsel drinking a half dozen over the next 2 years and a polishing off the next 6 bottles 10-15 years from now. Truly beautiful and well worth seeking out. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

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

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's portion of the Ellergrub Grand Cru is 2.2 hectares and comprised of over 80-year-old ungrafted vines. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. Ellergrub is a fascinating terroir that year after year shines in the cellars of two of our favorite Mosel (or really any) growers: Weiser-Kunstler and Immich-Batterieberg. In each we observe a profoundly mineral and grounded character ( as likely due to the ungrafted old vines as the painstakingly meticulous, organic viticulture from both growers). Further, each seems to elicit ebullient aromatics and startlingly expressive fruit in every vintage.  Tasting both every year is akin to comparing Parker to Coltrane or Mick Taylor to Ron Wood in the Stones, both excellent, if different. The Immich-Batterieberg 2019 Ellergrub boasts a yellow, hinting at gold, robe. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 which blows off with a bit of air. The nose is effusive (verging on extravagant) and decidedly floral, with pretty aromas of yellow blossoms, russet apple, apricot nectar, and marzipan. The palate is ripe and concentrated (the vines are over 80 years old, after all) and has fine “sap” to borrow an expression from the French, and is just barely off-dry. But beneath the ripeness is a profoundly steely, stony core that marries a freshening acidity to a salty mineral character that buoys the ripe, expressive fruit. And while this is clearly showing its youth, this has fine bones and has the structure to age seamlessly once it has the chance to knit. Satisfying now, but 7-10 years in the cellar should reveal a truly magnificent expression of the Ellergrub vineyard and the superlative 2019 vintage. This is superb and not to be missed. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jakob Tennstedt 2018 Mosel Riesling Perlmutt

Though this is bottled under the name Perlmutt,this derives from the cool Taubenhaus parcel that has Tennstedt has subsequently given up as too much work even on this small scale. The 2018 has a yellow-golden robe (some skin contact, one presumes). The nose is redolent of bee pollen, bees wax, chamomile, spearmint, and bergamot. Decidedly dry and sinuous, with stone fruit and apple skin flavors underlain with salty and iron-like mineral structure and striking acidity for the vintage and a long incandescent finish. What is so surprising is the dynamism and energy here. There's an aliveness that's hard to describe, but it's compelling and beckons the next sip. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jakob Tennstedt 2019 Mosel Riesling Valke

From a lower parcel in the Ungsberg,  Valke, named after the Kestrel, is perhaps the wildest and most profoundly umami of the Tennstedt wines. The robe is a more burnished than the Musari from just up the hill. The nose offers aromas of acacia, dashi, orange oil, iron, and a touch of Chenin-like wooly notes.The palate is concentrated, and for lack of a better word intense, with a steely attack and a broad, muscular, mid-palate that offers a nearly operatic flurry of both savory and pure fruit notes.  The concentration here begs for attention and that attention is rewarded as the wine seems to shapeshift between stone fruit and pungent earth and even gamy flavors. It's a bit overwhelming yet truly compelling, akin to hearing Ornette Coleman or Schoenberg for the first time and recognizing the greatness of what you are hearing even if you don't quite get it. One of the most singular wines I've tasted and one that I can't quite get out of my head. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koch, Holger 2018 Baden Spätburgunder Kaiserstuhl

The Spätburgunder is made from a parcel of 60-70 year-old vines planted by Holger's father. Koch does not chaptalize, though it is both legal and common in Baden, and so he relies upon his stellar vineyard work and grape selection. Tasted on arrival this August, it has ripe crunchy red fruit, and shows length with time open. A good decant seems like it might help, as aeration allowed the young and fruity characteristics to calm down a bit.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2019 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. In 2019 'Senior' is crackling with energy. The nose is redolent of white flowers, pear skin, stone fruit and cool crushed herbs. The palate is just off-dry, bursting with ripe stone fruit and savory herbal flavors and culminating in a surprisingly punchy, tangy, lingering finish.  The tension between ripeness and bracing acidity is compelling and each sip begets the next. A fabulous 'Senior' that displays the vibrancy of the 2019 vintage. John McIlwain


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

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

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

  • Organic

Melsheimer 2020 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese. Off dry, and high-toned with a fine bead of mineral character within, brimming with energy and perfect for the soft shell crab, flowering chives, or soy sauce noodles at Great New York Noodletown, or your favorite neighborhood Chinese spot.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11 375ml

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The Graacher Domprobst Spätlese Ap 10 comes from selected parcels across the the vineyard. The deep clays beneath the weathered Devonian slate insure against hydric stress in warm vintages. The 2020 offers a bit of reduction upon opening giving way to intoxicating aromas of white peach nectar, Cara Cara orange peel, exotic spices, and smoke. Lush stone fruit and citrus oil flavors are underlain by a pleasingly zesty thread of acidity lending drive and energy to the layered and lingering finish. The complexity here is already impressive, but time in the cellar will reveal more stony nuance and fruit expression. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $52.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

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

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Stein 2021 Mosel Rosé Trocken

(Arrives 5/24) Pale salmon robe. Fresh and luminous on the palate with wild strawberry, cranberry, shiso leaf on the nose. The lightweight palate (bantamweight?) offers bright hedge fruit and pomegranate flavors with an impossibly stony core. How can something so light carry some much mineral tang? Each sip is a geology lesson. This one is for all you rockers! Highly recommended from both a refreshment and  compelling minerality standpoint. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 42 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $87.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $72.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $69.99

Weiser-Künstler 2020 Mosel Riesling Trarbacher Schlossberg Kabinett

Pale green/yellow robe. A bit of dissolved CO2 and a touch of reduction (more than sponti), but a brisk decant and this blows off. The nose offers cool toned aromas of lime zest, lemon blossom, cool herbs—is that fennel?— and sea spray. The palate shows a bit of the ripeness of the vintage, not screaming with acidity, but a bit of dry extract that takes a minute (or 20) to settle in before a punchy mineral/salty core reveals itself. On the palate there’s plenty of white fruit and a faint nectar-ish sweetness, but there’s a sapid bitterness (Champagne grower Olivier Horiot terms mineral expression in Riceys), rather than acidity, which seems apt in the the glass. And while this doesn’t display leanness of cooler vintages, it comes off as “complete.” If one were to insist upon a vintage comparison in recent-ish memory, 2005 comes to mind. It was a year that didn’t struggle for ripeness, but seemed a bit fleshy relative to the tangy 2004s. That said, anyone who has opened a 2005 recently, can probably affirm there is beautiful balance between ripeness and terroir expression on the wines currently and I can’t imagine they’re looking to unload any bottles they’re holding. There’s real depth here and this is deeply satisfying with a salad of smoked salmon and cucumbers with an herb mustard crème fraîche dressing. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic