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Rare, Vines Planted in 1900: 2016 Stein Alfer Hölle 1900

In any given vintage, Stein produces 400-500 liters of this wine. Ever since the first vintage in 2011, it's become our favorite bottling. Alfer Hölle 1900 is Stein’s magnum opus.

2017 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Spätlese

What Müller does with Scharzhofberg is magical. He renders the site beautifully clear, with a steely finesse and indisputable nobility. The wines transcend Riesling and assume a place among the greatest wines anywhere.

"Impeccably pure" - 2016 Weiser-Künstler Riesling Gaispfad

Simply put, the 2016 Gaispfad is a brilliant bottle of Riesling. It's a wine that covers such a broad flavor spectrum, everything from stone fruits, to spice, to floral notes, to stony minerality and much more. The total package is insanely detailed, incisive and beautifully textured.

Mineral Fireworks: 2018 Lauer “Senior”

With vintage 2018, Lauer presents us with the most explosive “Senior” bottling since the celebrated 2007. For the first time ever, we begin our 2018 vintage German campaign with one of our most popular offerings every year: Lauer’s formidable dry Riesling “Senior.”

The Undeniable Magic of Steinertal:
2017 Alzinger Riesling Steinertal Smaragd

For many Austrian wine fans, it simply doesn't get any better than Alzinger's Steinertal. Steinertal is Alzinger's magnum opus - the apex of his style. The site's finessed minerality seems to form a perfect marriage with Alzinger's super-fine and elegant style.

"Remarkable acidity" - 2016 Lauer Neuenberg Fass 17

Neuenberg is one of the greatest parcels in the Ayler Kupp. The site delivers a near magical combination of expansive power paired with incredible detail and finesse.

"Strikingly transparent" - 2017 Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshöhle Spätlese

Niederhauser Hermannshöhle is Dönnhoff’s crown jewel. If we had to sum up Dönnhoff's style briefly, we'd say that the wines have a gorgeous polish, beautiful proportions and a sense of weightless elegance.

Powerful and Mineral:
2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Steinertal Smaragd

The 2017 vintage really emphasizes Pichler's ability to deliver power with finesse and detail. Pichler's 2017s are layered, rivetingly pure and focused.

2017 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett

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.

Drama from the Top of the Saar:
2017 Lauer Riesling "Stirn"

Stirn is Lauer's most dramatic bottling. Its tension and soaring mineral expression makes it utterly thrilling and the archetypal example of the Saar.

"Possibly the finest ever"
- 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich & Domprobst Kabinett

This is an offer that I approach with a healthy amount of trepidation. Schaefer's 2017s are amazing and in painfully short supply. The small, beloved estate was down by 50%.

Lauer Grand Cru Release!
2017 Lauer Grosses Gewächs: Kupp & Schonfels

2017 is an incredible year for Lauer's Grosses Gewächs. As Florian Lauer said himself, 2017 is for him the "mineral vintage."

"The 2017 collection by Willi Schaefer is awe-inspiring and possibly the finest ever"
- 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5

We'll keep this brief. Willi Schaefer is one of the most beloved producers in all of Germany. The 2017s are simply stunning and their production was down 50%. For a small estate where demand very often outstrips supply, this is an ugly combination.

The Unmistakable Magic of Alzinger:
2017 Alzinger Riesling Loibenberg Smaragd

No one does intensity and detail quite like Alzinger. This signature is always on bold display in the Loibenberg. Loibenberg produces one of the grandest and most formidable wines in all of Austria.

Utterly Singular: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling "Unendlich"

F.X. Pichler's "Unendlich" is one of the most extraordinary bottles of Riesling out there. It's very hard to imagine a bottle of Riesling that combines intensity, clarity and tension in a similar way.

Holy Ground: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Kellerberg Smaragd

Few wines on earth grab your attention like FX Pichler's. They possess a bold swagger and power, but that's only part of the story. Look beneath the surface and you'll find something very intricate. They are also wonderfully clear, precise and with their own unique flamboyant elegance.

Three Decades Young: 1988 Lauer Sekt Reserve

Lauer's Sekt Reserves have redefined how we view the category. They are simply extraordinary.

Baby "Grand Cru"
2017 Keller Riesling von der Fels Trocken

Year after year, we watch people buy Von der Fels in case quantities. The explanation is simple: you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle that delivers as much refinement and sophistication as Keller's von der Fels.

The Wilds of the Mosel - A Rarity
2017 Stein Palmberg-Terrassen Kabinett

Spend even the briefest bit of time in the vertigo-inspiring and slate-riddled Palmberg-Terrassen with Ulli Stein and you immediately sense what a special place it is. This is an unknown vineyard, a forgotten curiosity even to most Mosel experts, yet the Stein family has spent the last 50+ years tending this vineyard, rebuilding its terraced walls.

A Near Quarter Century in the Cellar:
1996 Lauer Sekt Reserve

Lauer's Sekt Reserves are by far the greatest expressions of sparkling Riesling that we've tasted. They've redefined how we view the category.

2017 Lauer Senior: Our 10-Year Anniversary Bottle

Nearly a decade ago, we launched the first email about this estate we had just discovered: “Weingut Peter Lauer.” One of the first lines of our email, if not subtle, feels prescient now: “We declare, without hesitation, that Weingut Lauer is the most exciting German find in many years."

"The wine is beautifully playful on the palate" - Mosel Fine Wines
2016 Willi Schaefer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

After the 2011 vintage, Schaefer replanted the Wehlener Sonnenhuhr vineyard. There was no wine seen from the site until a 2015 Auslese was released. Today, we're happy to offer the first Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese that we've seen from Schaefer in half a decade. 

2016 FX Pichler Riesling Unendlich

F.X. Pichler's Unendlich is the hardest Austrian wine for us to land in quantity. Each year we spend a ridiculous amount of time tracking down a few cases of the wine. The 2016 Unendlich was an especially hard vintage to secure, but recently we had the opportunity to buy a second parcel of the 2016 Unendlich and jumped on it.

"This is plain gorgeous" Revisited
- 2016 Lauer Unterstenberg

Along with people like Keller and Willi Schaefer, Lauer turned out a stunning cast of 2016s. When it comes to Unterstenberg, Lauer nailed it in a way that we haven't seen before. This may be the most precise and multidimensional version of the wine that we've tasted.

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