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Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Eiswein 2011

Winemakers Notes
92 Wine Advocate
(2/2013) ""'You with your (expletive) Eiswein!' Gabi told me when we left these grapes hanging," relates Donnhoff, and in fact his 2011 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Eiswein was another of those that threatened to disrupt the Christmas holidays, and when that didn't happen threatened yet worse. Helmut and Gabi Donnhoff left for Singapore and Cornelius for the U.S. "My daughter Christina was at home," Donnhoff continues, "academically astute, loves wine, but has no idea about viticulture. On January 17, the telephone rings. 'Mama, it's going to get cold tonight. And not just a little: minus 10 (14o F.). What should I do?!' So we set-up a three-way Skype connection, helped organized everything with the pickers, monitored the situation hour-by-hour, and walked Christina through the entire cellar process." I wish I could after all that say we have here 250 liters of truly great Donnhoff Eiswein, but the 2011 vintage itself is surely responsible for any weaknesses, not the unorthodox process by which picking and pressing were managed, let alone Christina, thanks to whom the world is enriched by an amazing if slightly awkward young wine. Musk and leather; prickly radish and lemon rind; caramel apple and honey; passion fruit and mango inform an intense aromatic as well as ultra-concentrated palate performance. Unlike with so many other 2011s rendered from frozen grapes in early 2012, one can't complain here about a lack of Eiswein-like acidity - but it takes-on a somewhat detached, slightly metallic and strident edge. Perhaps this extreme wine's caramelized and animal aspects will reconcile themselves in time with its sharp citricity and radish-like sizzle, but the ways of Eiswein in the bottle are capricious."
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14999
375 ML
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8999
375 ML
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Leitz Geisenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Eiswein 2010

94 Vinous, Joel Payne
(1/2012) "Bright aromas of camomile tea, orange rind and lemon oil, plus a whiff of smoky botrytis. The supple black cherry flavor is animated by finely chiseled minerality. Dense yet vibrant, this is what eiswein should be in a vintage that produced very few examples of this quality."
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375 ML
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St.Urbans-Hof "Goldtropfchen" Piesporter Ausleses Riesling 2015

95 Wine Spectator
(12/31/2016) "Plush and fruity, with concentrated red peach, melon and apricot tart flavors that are layered with plenty of rich, spicy notes. Plush creaminess lingers with unctuous honeyed accents on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 200 cases made."
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5799
750 ML
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St.Urbans-Hof "Goldtropfchen" Piesporter Ausleses Riesling 2015

95 Wine Spectator
(12/31/2016) "Plush and fruity, with concentrated red peach, melon and apricot tart flavors that are layered with plenty of rich, spicy notes. Plush creaminess lingers with unctuous honeyed accents on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 200 cases made."
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375 ML
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Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Spatlese 2011

Importer Terry Theise says this is his wine of the vintage, and winemaker Andreas Adams greatest achievement to-date!
91 Wine Advocate
(4/2013) "From healthy fruit, as usual for wine of this Pradikat chez Adam - the botrytis having been picked-out beforehand from the relevant parcels - his 2011 Dhronhofberger Riesling Spatlese is, nonetheless, far-gone on sheer ripeness and nearly decadent in its aromas and lush, almost palpably pulpy palate expression of papaya, mango, orange, banana and musk melon. Creamy and glossy in feel and ripe though it is, this, nonetheless, displays an admirable sense of transparency to subtly stony and liquid floral nuances not to mention ample primary juiciness to serve for a refreshing finish. I suspect it will be best enjoyed over the next 10-12 years, but Adam's wines have been evolving (going from strength-to-strength) so steadily and his approach is so singular that one really doesn't have obvious benchmarks for age-ability."
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3599
750 ML
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Weingut Heitlinger "Königsbecher" Grosses Gewachs Baden Pinot Noir 2012

Winemakers Notes
The Königsbecher is a steep, well-protected, south-facing site. It's also the lowest lying of Heitlinger's vineyards. The soils, a seldom-seen composition of ferrous lime marl, store the warmth of the sun and release it to the grapes like none of our estate's other sites. The grapes are gently harvested by hand in several stages to ensure that only ripe and healthy berries arrive in the cellar. At the estate, they are carefully sorted, and as whole berries and clusters, fermented in small batches in wooden casks. The goal is to produce elegant, long-lasting Spätburgunder with a fine tannic structure and clear-cut fruit. Malolactic fermentation takes place in wooden casks in which the wines mature for 8-12 months. Lively, fruity Pinot Noir that is fine yet ages well.
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2999
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Weingut Heitlinger "Schellenbrunnen" Grosses Gewachs Baden Riesling 2014

Winemakers Notes
The Schellenbrunnen vineyard is eight hectares (nearly 20 acres) in size and lies directly above the wine village of Tiefenbach. It is the Heitlinger estate's solely owned Riesling site. It is a steep, south-facing vineyard with a slope of 60% or more and planted with mature vines on average, 40 years old. The soils are very barren and consist of ferrous colored marl; in the uppermost portion of the site there is also some Stubensandstein, an ancient sandstone. Of particular note is the site's special topographic situation within a chain of hills open to the wind at a height of up to 260 m/ca. 850 ft. The grapes are gently harvested by hand, carefully sorted; and after several days of skin contact, slowly pressed. Schellenbrunnen wines are marked by a combination of delicate, ripe yellow fruit with an underlying mineral structure and a lively acidity. The 2012 was fermented to 13% alcohol with a modest but balanced 6.8 g/l residual sugar.
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2699
750 ML
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Muller-Catoir Mussbach Riesling Kabinett 2011

91+ Our Score
90 Wine Advocate
(3/2014) "Muller-Catoir's 2011 Mussbacher Riesling Kabinett features ripe peach, persimmon and musk melon tinged with caraway, celery seed, and bacon fat as if a bit of Gewurztraminer had been blended in. But a threading of fresh lime enlivens a silken-textured and buoyant palate not nearly as soft as the nose had led me to anticipate. The hint of citrus here is joined by a mouthwatering touch of salinity in a long, luscious finish. I would plan on enjoying this by 2018 in contexts where it judicious but generous sweetness is welcome."
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750 ML
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Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2012

92+ Our Score
92+ Wine Advocate
(2/2015) "As the dry wine, the sweet 8.5% alcohol 2012 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is more delicate and subtle on the nose compared to the relative of the Schlossberg. Picked eight days earlier than the latter, the Sonnenuhr is very sweet on the palate as well, but reveals more finesse and raciness, more Spiel and elegance. It is a stimulating and mineral-flavored wine, which I would not serve (or drink) before 2025."
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2399
750 ML
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