Willi Schaefer on the Half-Bottle: Just for Us... Just for You

Posted by Joe Salamone

They're back...
2011 Willi Schaefer in Half-Bottle
The Only Half-Bottles in the World

It's been a few years, but they're back - Willi Schaefer half-bottles.

We basically stumbled upon the idea.

There we were in Graach, at the estate and Christoph was telling us about the upcoming bottling and we asked: "Do you ever bottle 375mls of the Kabinett?"

"No, we never have," he responded.

"Would you bottle some for Crush?"

"Sure," he said - and there you go. That's how we got to today's offer, which is a "thank you" only to those of you who have supported our German Riesling program.

We've doubled our order, because last time we were painfully oversold - but still, we have only 240 bottles... twenty cases.

We love the half-bottle format - its delicate presence, like a tiny replica of a "real" Riesling bottle. A geeky, collector knick-knack for the shelf! These knick-knacks though, deliver a quantity of Riesling perfectly sized for the modest get together of two, or for a solo adventure of a bit more rigor.

The half-bottle is the perfect Monday-Friday bottle. No leftovers, no remorse.

I should also mention that the half-bottle has other advantages. Wine ages quicker in a half-bottle; so for those of you who enjoy your Kabinetts with a bit of age (5+ years after release is the first sweet spot), Riesling in the half-bottle will get there faster. In 2-4 years this 2011 Kabinett half-bottle should be in just lovely, lovely form.

And if any of you think we've left the discussion of the actual wine itself till the end of the email as some sort of subconscious (or unconscious) suggestion that the format here is more alluring than the wine, think again.

Writes Mr. Terry Theise: "So, the winery of the vintage is clearly Willi Schaefer, for an astonishingly brilliant collection surpassing anything I’ve ever tasted from this already stellar domain."

Please give us the maximum number of bottles you are interested in and we will allocate accordingly to try and get as many half-bottles into as many hands as possible.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits