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At 50º North, Germany may represent the latitudinal limit for the production of fine wine. But, truth be told, the qualities of fine German Riesling are unparalleled.

 
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2012 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Joh. Jos. CHRISTOFFEL Erben
Superb aromas lead to a minty-salty palate, slinky and swank and stiletto-precise; boxwood-y urgestein aromas (“urgestein” = primary rock, giving smoky charred notes), and a phosphorescent finish. Sweetness is poised perfectly. ‑ Terry Theise, from his 2013 Germany Catalogue
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2010 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese Wwe. Dr. H. THANISCH
Elegant bouquet of apple blossom, lemon oil and clover. Sleek and refined, with a juicy, mouthwatering freshness to its flavors of apricot and cinnamon. Finishes long and strong, with slate, tropical fruits and toasted almonds. This is one of the finest spatleses of the vintage. Rated 92. ‑ Joel B. Payne, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2012
$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of 6

2010 Pinot Noir Rotwein Trocken Pfalz Meßmer

Gregor Meßmer will initiate biodynamic viticulture starting with vintage '11. "I’m the sort of man who deliberates a long time, but once I decide I implement immediately," he says.

"What nature gives, we want as much as possible to preserve," says Gregor. "The most important factor is the soil, its composition, its mineral content. We ferment in small parcels, without any fining, and with the gentlest possible handling... The most beautiful wines are those which have had the least ‘winemaking’." That’s the reductivist credo as clearly as it has ever been stated. It gives Gregor the kind of wine he most likes to drink: "Clear wine with a clear line of flavor, wine with a fruity acidity, sleek wine that doesn’t make you full, but that you can drink the entire evening; I want the taste of ripe sweet grapes in the wine, even if it’s dry. Finally I like wine with the greatest possible number of uses."

This is cooler, more "blue" than the sweet-roasty '09, so allow for it. Pure, into the center of the fruit, very pretty in a more demure way. It's more Old-World tasting. ‑ Terry Theise, from his 2012 Germany Catalogue

$17.50 the 1‑litre bottle  $178.56 the case of 12

2010 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese SCHUBERT 2010 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese SCHUBERT
The Maximin Grünhaus estate lies at the foot of a long steep south-facing slope on the left bank of the Ruwer river, about two kilometres before it joins the Mosel. The estate belongs to the von Schubert family and is divided into three separate but contiguous vineyards: the Abtsberg, the Herrenberg, and the Bruderberg. Wines harvested from the Abtsberg vineyard were originally destined for the table of the Abbot of the Abbey of Sankt-Maximin. The site covers 14 hectares (just shy of 35 acres), parts of which have been planted with vines for over a thousand years. The subsoil is blue Devonian slate and the hillside runs south-east to south-west, achieving a gradient of up to 70%. Abtsberg wines are characterised by a finely structured, subtle minerality, racy acidity, generous fruit and great delicacy. They are amongst the longest lived Rieslings of the region.
$32.50 the bottle $331.56 the case

2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Joh Jos PRÜM 2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Joh Jos PRÜM
...imposingly concentrates aromas and flavors of flowers, nut oils, orchard and citrus fruits, and vanilla. Displaying the juxtaposition of creamy, imposingly oily texture with mouth-watering acidity that is a 2005 hallmark chez Joh. Jos. Prum, this Spatlese offers a depth, generosity, and diversity of fruits – apple, peach, lemon, pineapple – underlain by wet stone, nut oils, and vanilla, that present a compelling picture of a great site. Rated (92-93). ‑ David Schildknecht, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 169, February, 2007
$42.50 the bottle $433.56 the case

2011 Loosen Bros Riesling Dr. L 2011 Loosen Bros Riesling Dr. L
Dr. L comes exclusively from traditional Mosel vineyards, read steep slopes and slate soils, and serves well as an excellent introduction to the elegant and racy style that is classic Mosel Riesling. Vivid, fresh aromas suggest clean slate and stone fruits like peach and apricot; bright and fresh on the tongue with lively interplay between intensity of delicate ripe fruit and a bright fresh acidity that keeps things bouncing along crisp and clean, ultra-refreshing to the finish. Brilliant value, too!
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

2011 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate
Produce of predominantly Graacher, Wehlener and Bernkastel Riesling fruit blended to achieve a kind of quintessential middle-Mosel wine; delicate, fragrant, ripe Riesling aromas that suggest citrus flower, vanilla; ripe and just round at the edges, brilliantly balanced with bright acidity that charges the palate and keeps everything moving forward.
$18.75 the bottle  $191.28 the case

2007 Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Dr. Loosen 2007 Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Dr. Loosen

Pale golden yellow. Baked apple, sweet herbs and quince jelly on the nose. Extremely elegant and airy in spite of its density, with pineapple fruit giving way to cinnamon and slate. Fine, spicy finish. Rated 92. ‑ Joel B. Payne, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Not too sweet, this firm, well-defined auslese is full of sweet corn, Key lime pie and slate notes. Intense, lively and harmonious, with a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2035. 50 cases imported. Rated 92. ‑ BSWine Spectator

$70.00 the bottle  Limited


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