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“This is a gorgeous Sekt” - 2017 Weiser-Künstler Sekt

Weiser-Künstler has cemented its place as one of Germany’s greatest estates. At the core of it, the superlative quality of this domaine comes down to great sites and an utter uncompromising stance towards quality.

Rare Sightings, Part Two:
2017 Keller Kirchspiel Grosses Gewächs

Two weeks ago, we offered Keller's 2012 Kirchspiel GG. It sold out in a couple of hours. Today, we're happy to present Keller's 2017 Kirchspiel GG. I should warn you from the outset that the 2017 is much less available than the 2012.

Magic In The Saar: 2018 Lauer Riesling Schonfels GG

“We have never tasted so many great dry Mosel Rieslings in any previous vintage." – Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines

Rare Sightings: 2012 Keller Kirchspiel Grosses Gewäch

I was all over this parcel when I saw it. Keller's 2012s are dynamite. At this point, Keller is recognized as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Try finding his Grosses Gewächs and it becomes clear that the world has taken notice. 

The Saar’s New Destiny? Dry Grand Cru Riesling:
2018 Lauer GGs: Kupp & Feils

“We have never tasted so many great dry Mosel Rieslings in any previous vintage.” –Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines 2018 was widely reported as one of the warmest vintages on record, and while in some places this may have been a liability, in the extreme cool-climate vineyards of the Mosel, this warmth served to polish the rather extreme acids that sometimes make the dry wines from this region, well, a bit harsh.

Dry Riesling Revelation: 2016 Beurer Riesling "Nothing"

In the last 15 years our understanding of what Riesling is capable of has certainly expanded; today we break through to another level. While there's no denying that the frenzied vogue for zero-sulfur wines can produce mixed results, wines like Beurer's "Nothing" are serious reminders of the profundity that these wines can deliver. This is a devastatingly impressive wine. 

"Beautifully playful" - Lowest Price:
2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Spätlese

Egon Müller makes some of the most riveting wines on the planet. Of course, this is not news to any of you. We'll keep this brief.

Absolutely Bulletproof
2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich & Domprobst Kabinett

We've learned to approach Willi Schaefer Kabinett offers with trepidation. This is where fans of the estate devote most of their attention.

Back With A Vengeance:
2018 Willi Schaefer Himmelreich Grosses Gewächs

"This is a stunning expression of airy dry Mosel Riesling." We haven't seen a Schaefer GG bottling since 2012. In 2018, it came back in a big way.

The Magic of Mineral
1987 Lauer Riesling Sekt Reserve

Force, power, rigor, minerality. And yes, we are talking about a wine with over three decades of age. It’s been well over a year since Florian Lauer released any Reserve sparkling wines from his cold cellars in the Saar. As one of the most lavish, plush and powerful sparkling wines we’ve ever had from him, the 1987 has been worth the wait.

Mosel Holy Trinity - 2018 Weiser-Künstler:
Steffensberg, Gaispfad & Ellergrub Grosse Eule

Simply put, Weiser-Künstler is making some of the greatest wines in Germany. It's clear both in how people speak of the estate and in the wines themselves that Weiser-Künstler is doing everything right. They are shimmeringly clear and featherweight wines that shock you with their minerality, precision, and overall composition.

"Andreas and Barbara Adam really nailed the 2018 vintage."
- 2018 Adam Dhron In der Sängerei

In 2018, Adam turned out one of his most impressive collections of the past decade. They represent one of the high notes of the 2018 vintage. You would be hard-pressed to find a set of wines that possess as much verve and finely etched minerality.

Without Peer - The Undeniable Magic of Müller:
2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett

Catching a bottle of Müller's Kabinett in the zone is one of our favorite wine experiences. Everything by Müller, from QbA to Eiswein, is absolutely stunning. Recently, though, we're obsessed with the Kabinett. The way that it manages intensity without weight makes it utterly and uniquely compelling.

Hitting the Bulls-Eye: 2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5

There appears to be no stopping Willi Schaefer. They are a historic benchmark and loved by every Riesling fan that we've met. However, in recent vintages, the quality has really shown just what a world-class estate this is.

"This is a superb effort and a great Spätlese with real Spätlese character"
- 2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10

Willi Schaefer made some of our favorite wines in 2018. This won't surprise many people. Schaefer is a historically great estate that has been on a tear for the past handful of vintages. Simply put, they keep turning out the top collections of many vintages.

Rock Dog: Riesling Holy Ground - 2014 Nikolaihof Riesling Steiner Hund

"Almost savagely intense" -David Schildknecht When you talk to Austrian fanatics about the best vineyards, you hear the same thing: Kellerberg, Singerriedel, Steinertal and Steiner Hund.

"The very finest bargain in the universe of dry Rieslings” - 2018 Keller Riesling QbA Von Der Fels Trocken

Last Saturday, we offered Keller's Kirchspiel RR and it sold out in a matter of hours. Today's Von der Fels offering will likely sell out just as quick.

A Legend In The Making - Only Bottles In The U.S.
- 2001 Trimbach Riesling Clos Sainte Hune

No dry Riesling comes close to its track record for aging profoundly. On numerous occasions, I've been fortunate enough to taste Clos Sainte Hune dating back to the 70s and I've been amazed by how clear and youthful the wines have been.

Summer Sipping, Perfected:
2015 Piedmont Filzener Riesling Kabinett

This summer is starting to feel like one endless heatwave. When it gets this hot, we have one fail-proof go-to: Riesling Kabinett.

2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett Magnums

No other wine on earth offers the combination of intensity and walk-on-tip-toe weightlessness. Catching a bottle of Müller Kabinett in the zone is one of our most beloved wine experiences.

2018 Lauer Rarities:
Fass 2 “Extra Trocken,” Fass 3 & Fass 4

Today we introduce two never-before imported Lauer rarities, off-dry Fass 3 and Fass 4. Then, to form a holy trinity, we add what we’ve called the “razorblade” of Lauer’s stable, Fass 2 Extra Trocken. A recent tasting of Lauer's 2018s confirmed the hype coming out of Germany about Florian Lauer’s 2018 collection: This is a do-not-miss, tour-de-force vintage for Lauer.

Planted in 1900, the Magnum Opus:
2017 Stein Alfer Hölle 1900

Ever since the first vintage in 2011, Alfer Hölle 1900 has become one of our favorite Rieslings. We have not met another winemaker in the Mosel with Ulli Stein's knowledge, passion, boundless energy and devotion to the region's forgotten vineyards. The Alfer Hölle 1900 is a monument to his efforts.

“Easily the estate’s finest and a true highlight of the vintage” – 2018 Lauer Riesling “Stirn"

A special industry-only 2018 Lauer tasting the other week confirmed the hype coming out of Germany about Florian Lauer’s 2018 collection. This is a do-not-miss, tour-de-force vintage for Lauer.

Rare Alzinger: 2017 Alzinger Riesling
Liebenberg & Hohereck Smaragd

For many, Alzinger represents the pinnacle of Austrian wine. When it comes to fine-ness, ageability and sheer class, it's hard to argue.

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