updated 5-17-20
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GERMANY

GE-2155. 16 HEIMERSHEIMER SONNENBERG SILVANER EISWEIN half bottle
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

GE-2156. 17 SCHARZHOF RIESLING, EGON MULLER
Wine Spectator 93: 'Enticing aromas of elderflower and saffron lead off, with an intriguing silky texture enveloping the apple, spice and mineral flavors of this white. Barely off-dry, this is harmonious and long, delivering a refreshing finish. A lovely sipper, but this would be a great complement to food as well. Drink now through 2029. $70.'
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

GE-2157. 16 SCHARZHOFBERGER RIESLING KABINETT, VON KESSELSTATT
Light sulphur suppression to start (5/30). Plenty of vineyard grandeur of aroma and Grand Cru texture begins to pour through after aeration. The real deal./ Again, the early sulphur issue followed by Scharzhofberger nobility coming to the forefront. Aeration and aging will have its rewards. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2158. 18 OCKFENER BOCKSTEIN RIESLING KABINETT, REVERCHON
Dry and full Bockstein style. Lush fruit, Bockstein earthy basis. Really penetrates the nostrils./ Oh, full of body, flavor, feel, richness. The consummate sweet-acid harmony. Yow. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2159. 18 OCKFENER BOCKSTEIN RIESLING KABINETT, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
Wine & Spirits 91; Wine Spectator 91: 'An elegant version, with elderflower, white raspberry and candied orange notes, underscored by prominent minerality and vibrant acidity. Shows lots of energy. Very pretty now, but will be better in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2029. $27.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2160. 16 EITELSBACHER KARTHAUSERHOFBERG RIESLING TROCKEN, KARTHAUSERHOF
Est. 1223. Fresh, Ruwer riesling delicacy, Crisp, etched. Right./ Yeah, full etch and extract textural aspects. Yow! A jaw breaker! Even more extract than the fine 2015. Huge. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2161. 18 MOSEL RIESLING MAXIMIN MAXIMIN GRUNHAUS, VON SCHUBERT
Extremely bright, lucid even. Crisp, incisive even, while gently padded too. On the riesling scale, it‛s at the bar between dry and semi dry. All about riesling green-grapiness, Ruwer levity, delicacy./ Oh, the mineral extract and the full control of this winemaker. Classic Ruwer.riesling acidity, citricity. Long, burnished finish. Bargain price for this kind of class and clarity. 93/100. The wily Ernie Loosen markets this estate‛s wines. I‛ll bet he was behind the creation of this new development.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2162. 17 MOSEL ESTATE ELBLING TROCKEN, WEINGUT MATTHIAS HILD
At Wincheringen, on the upper Mosel. Cool, crisp, vinous, accurate. Silvaner like, yet without any earth tones. Yes./ Yes indeed, vinous, green fruited, with a nice, soft core. Right Though I haven't tasted an elbling for decades, this matches my recollections of its varietal character.Welcome back, old friend. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2163. 18 MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN C. A. I., WEINGUT IMMICH-BATTERIEBERG
This is very full for a Mosel, dry and slatey in the estate style./ Surrounding a tender, sweet-fruited riesling core is a lot of slate derived extract giving a walnut husk impression. This really is a big Mosel riesling, classic to the Immich style. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2164. 16 MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT C. A. I., WEINGUT IMMICH-BATTERIEBERG
Nice 16 extract and Kabinett richness. No evergreen./ Full grip and extract. Light sweetness to counter. Yes, a well balanced presentation to take to the table now. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2165. 17 MOSEL RIESLING DR. L, LOOSEN BROS.
2013: Sweeter and softer than the 2012. Has slate terroir, walnut husk./ Yes, on the soft side, but there's enough acid etch to keep it from seeming flabby. Will be popular. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2166. 18 MOSEL RIESLING DRY DR. L., DR. LOOSEN
2016: Wine Enthusiast 90: 'More mineral than fruit, this dry white is a fantastic value, expressing Riesling's most crystalline character. Tangerine and green apple flavors are crisp and concentrated, showered in streams of lime acidity and cool mineral sensations. Drink now through 2020.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2167. 16 MOSEL RIESLING MONCHHOF, ROBERT EYMAEL
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'While exceptionally light footed and frisky, this off-dry Riesling offers bold yellow-peach and cantaloupe flavors glazed by sweet hibiscus nectar. Briskly composed and refreshingly mineral, it finishes with a delightfully nervous tension.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2168. 15 MOSEL RIESLING SPATLESE SLATE MONCHHOF, ROBERT EYMAEL
Wine Spectator 92: 'Juicy and well-sculpted, with concentrated flavors of nectarine, melon and Meyer lemon that are very suave. Coconut cream notes linger into the finish, with sage and white cherry accents. Drink now through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

GE-2169. 16 MOSEL RIESLING TROCKEN REBENHOF, JOHANNES SCHMITZ liter
Crisp and incisive. Some reduction remains. Air it awhile./ Dry and racy. Lightly fruity. Acid and length. Decant for aeration, and take it to the table. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2170. 18 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, NIK WEIS
By the proprietor of St. Urbans Hof. Fresh and full. More extract and more perfume than the 2017. Smells drier than the 17 too. One of the best of the series./ Good flavor intensity. Acidity still somewhat coated in youth by the Weis halbtrocken sweetness approach. A winner overall, with more pleasure to follow. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2171. 18 MOSEL ESTATE RIESLING OLD VINES, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Off-dry and inviting, with an exotic profile, featuring dried mango, candied orange peel and cardamom notes. Ample acidity holds everything together as this moves toward the long, mouthwatering finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2026.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2172. 17 MOSEL RIESLING FEINHERB, DR. H. THANISCH
Wine Spectator 90: 'Fresh and zesty, with hints of paraffin framing the core of durian and quince flavors. A streak of sea salt emerges midpalate, followed by lemongrass and jasmine notes as this extends on the dry, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2173. 17 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING SPATLESE, BOLLIG-LEHNERT
Full, peachy, cheery, round. 17 forward, gentle, easy. But not pandering, or lacking for anything./ Yeah, good Mosel acid in a generally low acid vintage. Concentration of spatlese. Peach flavor. Mosel flow, and juicy goodness. All around success. 92/100, at least.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2174. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING AUSLESE, LEONARD KREUSCH (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Crisp for 2015 auslese. Nose has Mittel Mosel riesling attributes, and, with aeration, it's forming a nice, peachy Goldtropfchen roundness./ Well, the palate displays rich, round PGA qualities in spades, and light botrytis to boot. Palate confirms good acidity not always prevalent in 2015s. Coming into top form, with growth to go. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2175. 16 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT REUSCHER-HAART
Est. 1337. Exemplary of the vineyard's rieslings. Really singes. Really forceful aromatic expression./ Rich and round, full of peach and peach peel aromas and flavors. Balanced, juicy, long, tangy. Clinging, welcome, everlasting finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2176. 17 BRAUNEBERGER JUFFER RIESLING KABINETT, KARP-SCHREIBER
Yes, indeed, here's that body and brown earth foundation of the village's and vineyard's best. Tremendous size, acid tingle, full extract buffering the sweetness./ Yes, brown earth, walnut husk, huge extract , and light sweetness in balance. Have always loved this estate's rieslings for their exemplary terroir statement and jaw-breaker dry extract. Great to see them back. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2177. 16 BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE RIESLING KABINETT, DR. THANISCH
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛Earth, smoke and slate contrast sweet, juicy bursts of white peach, raspberry and grapefruit in this spry kabinett. It's unctuously fruity yet zesty, finishing on a long, chalky mineral tone. While integrated and irresistible already, it's likely to maintain fresh appeal till at least 2025. $22.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2178. 14 BERNCASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING KABINETT, DR. H. THANISCH
Can you believe this price for a Doctor?! The kabinett is usually $35 and up. One time opportunity here. Big and extract laden. Clearly majestic, almost aloof./ Huge concentration of honeyed richness and even botrytis. Complex. Loaded. 96/100..
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

GE-2179. 16 BERNKASTELER KURFURSTLAY RIESLING AUSLESE, J&H SELBACH
Shows the great extract of 2016. One of the best in the series./ Yes, this has it all: sweetness, fruit, and flavor matched by acid, extract, grip, and full texture. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2180. 10 GRAACHER DOMPROPST RIESLING SPATLESE FEINHERB, MAX-FERD RICHTER
Good solidity of 2010 and the site, and good development without going the evergreen route./ Yes, lovely acid, balance, bouquet development without terpenes. Off dry. Buy all. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2181. 17 WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLING KABINETT, MAX FERDINAND RICHTER
Wine & Spirits 92 - YEAR'S BEST: 'While all the energy of this sun-soaked site has been channeled into lemon-drop flavors and citrus-pith notes, this wine feels pristine and precise, as tight as a violin string, with an energy that suggests there's lots more to come. Tuck it away for another decade. $29.'
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2182. 15 WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT STUDERT-PRUM
Full sweetness of 15 and full tingle of a Studert riesling too. Classic like the 12 but with less development in both aromatics and textural fullness./ With aeration, it becomes more bountiful, sporting a full fledged high spatlese lusciousness. It continues to sweet, tingle, and stimulate. The beauties of fully ripe fruit plus botrytis extras. Full concentration and great acidity and extract too. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

GE-2183. 17 ZELTINGER SCHLOSSBERG RIESLING KABINETT, SELBACH-OSTER
Parker 93: ‛The 2017 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett is intense, dense and complex on the impressively individual nose with its perfectly ripe and concentrated fruit and mineral aromas. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a persistently salty, nervy and vibrant Kabinett with the ripe, lush and concentrated fruit of older vines (40 years old) on a great terroir. This is endless in its salty charm and lush fruit. A fabulous Riesling in which you could also take a cool and refreshing bath. Or, why don't you try this instead of a cocktail after a concert or the cinema? Drink now-2045. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2184. 17 URZIGER WURZGARTEN RIESLING AUSLESE, WEINGUT KARL ERBES
H2S up front. Rich auslese fruit lurking behind the veil of sulphur./ As usual, less sulphur impact found on the palate. Sweet, concentrated, Wurzgarten spicy. Not much botrytis showing, which highlights the terroir. Decant to aerate and blow off the H2S. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2185. 15 WITTLICHER PORTNERSBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ
Sweet, full, and round, with honey from ripeness and/or botrytis. A really fulfilled spatlese./ Yes, honey and nut. Sweet. With good acid for ripe 15. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2186. 11 WITTLICHER PORTNERSBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, WEINGUT LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ half liter
Very ripe and sweet. Like apple sauce. Apple peel too. Mosel coolness. Botrytis ring./ Honey and apple flavors. Full auslese richness cut by great Mosel acidity. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2187. 15 MULHEIMER SONNENLAY RIESLING ZEPPELIN, MAX FERD. RICHTER
Most-consumed wine on the Graf Zeppelin flights as illustrated by its beautiful Art Deco label. Some sulphur on the surface still. Riesling beneath, and Mosel crispness. Give it aeration./ Less sulphur evident on the palate. Sweet and fruity. Great palate, acid-sweet balance, flavor. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2188. 18 NAHE ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN, DONNHOFF
2017: Aloof, compact, composed, confident. Grows in the glass. Tingly. Nahe riesling doesn't get any better than Donnhoff's./ Very dry, juicy, extract- and acid-laden. Huge feel and flavor. Food, please. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2189. 15 NAHE ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN, SINSS (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Yeah, mineral saturated. Total etch. Hint of bottle bouquet. The 2015s are ripe, and advancing readily. Blossoming, ballooning with aeration. Maturing, without getting resinous./ Full bodied. Jawbreaker extract. Walnut husk aftertaste. Food please. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2190. 17 SCHLOSSBOCKELHEIMER KONIGSFELS RIESLING KABINETT, PAUL ANHEUSER
Beautiful, fruity, and sweet-smelling. Nutty overtone of Konigsfels riesling./ Quite dry. Good extract. Good sweet-acid balance. Flavorful. Nectarine stands out. 2017 forward and alluring. Very good quality and value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2191. 16 HACKENHEIMER KIRCHBERG SILVANER EISWEIN half bottle
Gold Preis. Rich, sweet, honeyed, thorough. Apple in the concentration of an apple liqueur./ Wow, intense, sweet, and syrupy. Super concentrated. A tribute to the integrity of silvaner. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

GE-2192. 15 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG KABINETT, ST. ANTONIUS
Of riesling and muller thurgau. Aromas of peach, apple, citrus, and walnut./ Palate sweet, spicy, vigorous. Good acid foil. A bargain. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

GE-2193. 17 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
Lovely extract and acid etches the nostrils. The aroma set is classic Kreuznacher riesling. Deep and sweet. Big time success in 2017 for this cuvee./ Full flavored. Forward and abundant. Balance of sweetness and acidity. Best vintage of this in memory. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2194. 18 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
2016: Cool, even, brittle on the approach, with a ventilating flair. Deepens to Kreuznach riesling ripeness. Yes, terroir, etch, dignity./ Sweet and also racy. The whole Kreuznach package. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2195. 16 BURG LAYER SCHLOSSKAPELLE SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
2014: Nose still compromised by residual sulphur. (10/19/16)./ Palate already sweet and honeyed, and nectarous. Enticing palate. Get another read on the nose after longer aeration, when the sulphur will have no doubt blown off. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

GE-2196. 16 BURG LAYER SCHLOSSKAPELLE AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
2014: Fresh, unique, penetrating. Flowers, botanicals, herbals of the German cross varieties./ Great sweet-acid balance. Auslese concentration and sweetness. Best vintage yet. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2197. 18 RHEINGAU RIESLING TRADITION, ROBERT WEIL
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Invigorating and spry, this light-bodied dry Riesling suggests pristine lemon and grapefruit flavors accented by layers of smoke, cut stone and dried herb. It's a thirst-quenching, stately wine that's ready to enjoy now but should hold through 2025.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2198. 16 RHEINGAU RIESLING TROCKEN 101, WEINGUT SPREITZER (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Wine Spectator 90/100. My notes: Est. 1641. A spot on Rheingau riesling trocken nose./ Well balanced high trocken palate impression. Excellent value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2199. 15 WINKELER HASENSPRUNG RIESLING SPATLESE, KRAYER
Est. 1866; Gold Preis - Hessen. Peach and orange blossom honey. Classic Rheingau riesling./ Golden, rich, fully sweet spatlese. No baby fat. The sweetness is balanced by acid and extract. One of the best in this series. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2200. 15 WINKELER HASENSPRUNG RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE, KRAYER half bottle
Goldene Preizmunze - Land Hessen. Medium sweet and intense. Vintage? Youth? I'm looking for more, but maybe it's a stage. After all, it earned a gold medal./ Well, more acid zing, more concentration of honey and flowers flavors than the nose suggested. Balanced and lusty and well posed after all. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

GE-2201. 15 JOHANNISBERGER KLAUS RIESLING AUSLESE, KRAYER
Est. 1866; Silver Prize - Hessen. An exemplary young Rheingau auslese featuring aromas of orange, peach, stone. Well extracted, well balanced, well poised. Young and solidly built./ Fully sweet in 2015, with great grip and etch. Real auslese concentration, not just of sweetness but also extract. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2202. 04 HATTENHEIMER PFAFFENBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, SCHLOSS SCHONBORN
Luscious, well evolved Rheingau golden stone and citrus fruit character. No resin, no grey hairs. Botrytis honey, nut. Blossoms. Complex to say the least./ Spot on spatlese sweetness. Luscious, unctuous. Full bounty of stone fruit golden glories, all in harmony. 97/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

GE-2203. 18 KIEDRICHER RIESLING TROCKEN, ROBERT WEIL
Wine Spectator 90: ‛The 2018 Rheingau Riesling Trocken offers a shiny, bright and intense, wonderfully aromatic and coolish Rheingau Riesling nose with great precision and even flinty notes. Lush and fine, with good grip and great elegance, this is a remarkably fine and classic dry Rheingau Riesling in the reductive and linear Robert Weil style. Fabulous, really fabulous. Drink now-2027.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

GE-2204. 17 FRANKEN SILVANER KABINETT ANNA-LENA DRY, BRENNFLECK
2015: Gold Medal - Franken. Young and fresh and brisk. Stimulating. Classic Franken stoniness. Perfect./ Roundness and richness of the vintage. Full and generous. Wow! 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2205. 15 FRANKEN WEISSBURGUNDER KABINETT, BRENNFLECK
Gold Medal - Franken; est. 1591. Lightly nutty tone of pinot gris. Grows larger and broader with aeration./ Rich is both flavor and texture. A good Franken take on the variety. Full and long aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2206. 15 FRANKEN GRAUBURGUNDER KABINETT, BRENNFLECK
Gold Medal - Franken. Young and fresh and brisk. Stimulating. Classic Franken stoniness. Perfect./ Roundness and richness of the vintage. Full and generous. Wow! 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2207. 15 SULZFELDER MAUSTAL RIESLING KABINETT, BRENNFLECK
Wow, mineral saturated riesling with just the right tinge of sprucy terpene./ Full in the mouth. Not austerely dry. Balanced for food. Long aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2208. 18 FRANKEN DOMINA TROCKEN, WINZ. SOMMERACH
A cross of portugieser and pinot noir, domina was developed in the 1920s but not released for commercial cultivation until the 1970s. This one is smooth, yummy, and very agreeable on the nose./ Good combo of fruitiness and vinosity. True dryness without severity. A very nice take on a German rotwein, made for the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2209. 18 SOMMERACHER SILVANER KABINETT TROCKEN, WINZ. SOMMERACH
2017: Very nice and clear view of silvaner. Light pear and apple notes. No earthiness./ Medium trocken; not austere; has padding. Subtly flavored in the Franken mode. Good acidity, especially for silvaner. Versatile at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2210. 18 SOMMERACHER RIESLING RIESLING TROCKEN, WINZ. SOMMERACH
2017: Very delicate--and correct--riesling fruit-flower aroma profile./ Dry. Not pushing the fragrant stuff. Good acidity. Versatile at the table. What Franken does at riesling, and what makes them popular in the home market. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2211. 09 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER BIN 475 TWISTED RIVER SWEET RED, LEONARD KREUSCH (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
List price: $15. No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 6.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2212. 16 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER DRY, NONNENKELLER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2213. 14 NIERSTEINER HIPPING RIESLING SPATLESE, GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER
Est. 1806. Fully sweet Hessia riesling spatlese. Fine, deep Hipping nectarine aroma. Classic. Plenty of 14 extract./ Even at a warm service temperature, it comes across well balanced. This will age famously. Another fine one from Schneider, with extract and acid etch on the finish. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2214. 15 NIERSTEINER REHBACH RIESLING SPATLESE, EUGEN WEHRHEIM
2014: Oh, good textural edge of dry extract. Fabulous class of Rehbach, including the signature tangerine aroma./ Spatlese sweetness and acidity in balance. Glorious, ever-lasting finish. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2215. 15 OPPENHEIMER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT DR. HEYDEN
'Dry-style' reads the label. Good, forthright Hessia riesling without the special distinctions of a Rheinfront vineyard./ Quite dry indeed. Good acidity for the vintage. And extract too. Good value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2216. 15 OPPENHEIMER SACKTRAGER RIESLING SPATLESE, DR. HEYDEN
Significant refinement and breed -- that's Sacktrager, Oppenheim's best site./ Special. All about superior terroir. Sweet and concentrated. Nice verve. Plenty of finesse. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2217. 17 NACKENHEIMER RIESLING TROCKEN, BINZ liter
Another dry and mealworthy Rheinhessen, this time a riesling./ Yes, aromatically understated, well textured, and ready for the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2218. 17 METTENHEIMER PINOT NOIR, SCHAFER
Pretty aroma of plum, blossom, and kernel. Perfectly ripe and wholesome./ Likewise, it shows ease, balance, and come hither qualities not often found in German pinot noirs but perfectly appropriate to the genre. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2219. 16 BECHTOLSHEIMER PETERSBERG KERNER SPATLESE, WEINGUT ERNST BRETZ
Subtle, understated. Suggestions of sweet corn and coconut. In tune. Less pushy than riesling./ Plenty spatlese sweet, and the acidity is juicy. Perfectly in keeping with kerner. 91+.100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2220. 17 ALZEYER SYBILLENSTEIN RIESLING SPATLESE, FRITZ WINDISCH
Pleasant, well filled and framed inland Hessia riesling. Pleasing stone fruit fragrance./ Spatlese sweet. Sweetness still coats the acidity. Nice cedar back taste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2221. 16 PFALZ ESTATE PINOT BLANC TROCKEN, DARTING
Oh, this hits the nail on the head. Pure, brilliant, incisive pinot blanc character. Crisp and racy, fragrant and lifted. Full vigor, surge, and beauty./ Plenty of flavor and texture spiel. Perfectly joyous take. Yes, indeed, and rightly dry for dinner table versatility. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2222. 17 PFALZ PINOT GRIS VILLA WOLF, ERNST LOOSEN
A different take on pinot gris. Plumper fruit; racy nonetheless./ Really fruity compared to the Venezie takes. Softer, easier. A happy face pinot gris. Well fashioned. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2223. 18 PFALZ RIESLING TROCKEN, VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN
Parker 90: ‛Bassermann's 2018 Riesling Trocken is clear, bright and floral on the highly elegant and wonderfully pure and finessed nose. Lush and round on the palate, this is a light to medium-bodied, very elegant, refined and delicate dry Riesling with ripe acidity and salivating salinity. The wine reveals good phenolic grip and endless charm. Drink now -2027.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2224. 17 PFALZ RIESLING, VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN
2016: Just as ventilating as the trocken. Fuller, denser./ Sweeter, of course. Has the same high level of extract. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2225. 17 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
2016: OMG, that huge 2016 extract! Dazzling. An enormous amount of aromatic push. Beautiful riesling range and minerality. Not a fruity, flowery thing at all.// Round, sweet, full of extract and grip. Just awesomely mouthfilling. Texture, flavor, balance, mealworthiness. Savory, long. Even a umami aspect. All. Will go a long, long way. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2226. 15 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF magnum
Incisive. Crystal clear. Deep. Noble reduction. Pure. Wet stone; fruit pit./ Plenty of cut and tensile acidity to balance 2015 richness. Very long, precise, focused fruit finish. Surpasses the fine 2014. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

GE-2227. 16 PFALZ RIESLING KABINETT VOM BASALT, EUGEN MULLER
Terry Theise: 'Basalt is of course (and famously) the soil of the Pechstein, from which this wine indeed hails, but it's bottled under the name of a small privileged Grosslage because it's the 'item' Muller's private customers recognize. It is also a super-aromatic lot fermented with a less vigorous yeast strain that guarantees an incomplete result, i.e., residual sugar. It's more gentle than to intervene to stop fermentation by chilling, filtering or sulfuring. So if you're someone for whom the very notion of cultured yeast fills you with dread. well, um yes: actual thinking is hard. This wine also snakes its way around the palate but this time it's all flowers and gloss; starts out musky but firms up and becomes sleek and lithe with a refined dialogue among herbs, pebbles and blooms.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2228. 15 WACHENHEIMER RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
Young, unformed, tight laced, and dry nose. Just a bud./ Yes, at this point just traces of riesling fruit, flower, terpene. Plenty of extract. This has great potential, longevity. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2229. 14 WACHENHEIMER GOLDBACHEL 1ES GEWACHS RIESLING DRY, BURKLIN-WOLF
High volume fruit and extract. Large and billowing aroma. Tactile as well as aromatic./ Yes, sizeable. Large, dry, and saturated with extract. A special form of resin. Frankincense. Full textured but not aggressively so. Seems high trocken. And not yet fully fleshed out on the palate. The nose is ahead. Very popular with the group. 94+/100. Tasted 3/7/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

GE-2230. 13 WACHENHEIMER RECHBACHEL ERSTES GEWACHS RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
Oh, this is really special. A big step up. Fresh, rich, racy, minerally./ Huge class and extract. This is what the classic dry riesling style is all about. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

GE-2231. 17 BADEN AFFENTALER PINOT NOIR MONKEY BOTTLE, WINZ. BUHL
Lithe, properly ripe pinot noir nose. Light, sweet cherry aroma./ Sweet and gentle fruit expression. Flavorful. Mild acidity. A rightful Baden pinot noir. Serve cool. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2232. 15 BADEN PINOT NOIR DRY, WEINGUT SALWEY
2012: Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'Exotic spice and cedar notes mingle amidst plump red cherries and raspberries on the nose of this perfumed Pinot Noir. Firm tannins form a taut foundation to crisp, tart raspberry and currant flavors and savory nuances of dried herb and crushed granite. It's a remarkably elegant, squarely structured wine that should meld beautifully over the next decade. $25.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

AUSTRIA

GE-2234. 16 WEINLAND BLAUFRANKISCH, EVOLUCIO
Oh, deep, sweet, forward, immediate. It's 16 vs 14, both fine but different in style. Really deep. Pushing the great ones we tasted last week. Cherry and peel. Concentrated, spicy, full, adventuresome. This rocks./ Packs lots in there. Varietally distinctive. Doesn‛t need any oak. More than just alluring. Has material grip, character, depth, fill, flow, texture, beauty, all. What a fine wine! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2235. 17 BURGENLAND BLAU FRANKISCH, MORIC
Wine & Spirits 92: ‛Roland Velich's basic blaufrankisch hits all the right notes in 2017. It's juicy and brisk despite the depth of its fruit, the blueberry tones swept along on a current of vibrant, spicy acidity. Black pepper and balsam notes keep it feeling lively, though the firm tannins suggest that this would also age well in the cellar. $33.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

GE-2236. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH ZWEIGELT, HERMANN MOSER
Whoa, soars and sings. Full fruited, with spicy-peppery extras as well as herb notes, especially thyme./ Yes, a surge of varietal fruit, herb, and spices flavors. Fine juice, acid, tannin. Paints the complete picture. Stock this one for sure. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2237. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, AICHENBERG liter
Nice green apple and green citrus aspects./ Juicy, super juicy. Long lasting. Well padded base. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2238. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT BAUER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2239. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, BROADBENT liter
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2240. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, BRUNN liter
Green apple and legume define the genre. Nice and crisp./ Flavor confirmation. Full textured. Well balanced. 'Nuf said. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2241. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT FRANZ ETZ liter
2014: Ideal apple and legume gruve aroma set. Full and nostril swelling./ Rich and round, with a good splash of acid. Tangy follow through. Ideal gruve feels and flavors. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2242. 17 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER HUGLWEINE, WK HUGL-WIMMER liter
2016: Sweet apple and light legume. Delicious aroma!/ Palate less dramatic, more laid back. Will likely develop more oomph over the coming weeks. Nice bitter trace at the end. 91+/100. Tasted 9/6/17.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2243. 17 WACHAU GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, WEINGUT JOSEPH HOGL
Developing well. Very full, swelling, large./ Lots of taste and texture. Really forceful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

GE-2244. 16 WACHAU GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG, NIKOLAIHOF (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2015: Vinous 92: 'Bottled off its lees, as its nickname implies, this now has tough competition from a second cask of the same base wine that was bottled unfiltered under the nickname 'Zwickl' (See my accompanying review of that bottling.) But this Hefeabzug is quite distinctively delicious. Chamomile, hay, artichoke, lima bean, cucumber, cress, crunchy apple and nearly ripe Bartlett pear combine on a fetching nose and buoyant, silken-textured, infectiously juicy palate, leading to a luscious and refreshing finish tinged with saliva-inducing salinity and invigorating impingement of chalk and stone. This isn't the first Hefeabzug installment to have (barely) cracked 12 percent alcohol, but is nonetheless delightfully buoyant as expected. Nor has the extra ripeness of this vintage in any other respect compromised the characteristic virtues associated with Nikolaihof Hefeabzug, the best installments of which can age impressively. 2017-2026. $30.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2245. 18 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, DOMANE WACHAU
Sings. Full of green apple and legume. Fresh, full, upbeat./ Fulfilling flavor intensity. Very texturally appealing. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2246. 18 KAMPTAL RIED HASEL GRUNER VELTLINER, BIRGIT EICHINGER
Clear and crisp, plus nicely padded. Right./ Lots of lima. Juicy acidity. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2247. 18 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER LOIS, LOIMER
2017: Wine Enthusiast 92: ‛Yeasty creaminess plays on the nose of this wine while leafy, herbal overtones create allure. The palate wraps this all into a concentrated, fresh, taut bundle of savoriness and lemon freshness. It has verve, drive and a wonderfully yeasty, peppery finish.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2248. 18 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER KLASSIK, NASTL
2017: Following a set of Muscadets, very full and expressive of apple, legume, even nut./ Very full, and full textured. Yow! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2249. 18 KAMPTAL GOBELSBURGER GRUNER VELTLINER, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG
Wine Enthusiast90 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Ripe pear, lemon zest and salty yeast on the nose signal freshness and savoriness. The palate is lively with slight spritz and lemon freshness while the dry finish brings the saltiness to the fore.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2250. 18 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER PER DUE, HERMANN MOSER
Full, rich, dazzling sweet apple aroma./ Abundant flavor of same. Ravishing acidity. Golly! Spot on! 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2251. 16 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER KARMELITERBERG, HERMANN MOSER
Oh, this is good and forthcoming. Ripe jonathan apple, hint of bosc pear. Bright, broad, deep./ Rich and juicy. Upbeat and upscale. Variegated tastes and textures. A delight. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2252. 18 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER, STADT KREMS
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2253. 18 WAGRAM GRUNER VELTLINER PAUL DIREDER
I like this. It's full, frank, and bountiful. With good form. It's doesn't gush apple and legume aromas though. It's under control and bound for the table./ Yes, this has grip and firm figure. Generous texture and taste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2254. 18 WEINLAND LANDWEIN AUS OSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, ECKER liter
Apple and lentil aromas. Cool, crisp, ideal./ Nice green apple malic bite and high minerality. Spot on. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2255. 18 BURGENLAND GRUNER VELTLINER, ZANTHO
Nice Burgenland plumpness. Plenty of varietal character. Clear apple and lentil./ Yes, always plump, rich, and rightful. Relatively gentle acidity this vintage. Come hither. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2256. 16 WACHAU TERRASSEN RIESLING FEDERSPIEL TROCKEN, DOMANE WACHAU
Wine Spectator 90: 'An airy style, with green herbal notes to the grapefruit and pippin apple flavors, gaining power midpalate. Sea salt and slate details emerge on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2018.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

GE-2257. 16 KAMPTAL STRASS RIESLING, BIRGIT EICHINGER
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Fragrant hints of bergamot and Seville orange play enticingly on the nose of this beguiling wine. The palate amplifies those juicy, tart and lively flavors, sending them dancing into the finish. It's fresh, fruit-driven, dry and utterly moreish.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2258. 18 KAMPTAL GOBELSBURGER RIESLING, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Pure citrus rises from the glass-think mandarin and ripe lemon zest. The palate is juicy and bright with ripe lemon freshness. The finish is moreish, dry and utterly citrus-focused.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2259. 16 RIED ZOBINGER HEILIGENSTEIN ERSTE LAGE RIESLING, BRUNDLMAYER
Vines from the 1920s in soil of 250 million year old sandstone. Oh, this has serious Grand Cru extract./ Yes, a jawbreaker. A big time dry riesling. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

GE-2260. 16 NIEDEROSTERREICH GELBER MUSKATELLER, HERMANN MOSER
Rings with varietal mintiness. And green and yellow tropical fruits./ Guava, lime, plus. Dry and tonic. Has padding too. All the varietal character I could want as it warms up on the palate. Rivals the 2013. The real deal. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2261. 17 BURGENLAND MUSKAT OTTONEL, ZANTHO
That green-fruit muscat ottonel varietal character. Nice and sharp, delineated./ Sweet stone fruit, quince, lime and musk. Classic. Wonderful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

HUNGARY

GE-2263. 17 EGRI MERLOT, WEINHAUS KFT
Correctly dry Euro merlot nose./ And the correct light sweetness that‛s not a bit cloying. Makes for a very pleasurable glass. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2264. 17 EGRI BIKAVER BULL'S BLOOD, EGERVIN
The original Bulls Blood; barrel aged. This is unique too, thanks to the varietal set. Full, ripe, giving./ Wow, great acid too. Take it to the table for goulash, paprikash, plus. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2265. 15 HAJOS-BAJA BLAUFRANKISCH DONAUSONNE, MINOSEGA VOROS BOR
2014: Medium carmine./ Lithe, sweet, fruity, fresh, ideal./ Sweet and easy. 10.5%. Couldn't be more come hither. Just right, lithe, racy acid. Berry-cherry taste and aftertaste. Best version of this ever. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2266. 17 TOKAJI FURMINT, EVOLUCIO
Ideal character and quality. Honey and acacia./ Yes, body, character, extract, and flavor clarity of furmint. At an ideal stage too. Tells the tale. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2267. 15 TOKAJI FURMINT LATE HARVEST, EVOLUCIO half bottle
Honey and golden citrus. Insistent, lasting. Wow! Big surge of aromas. Palpable./ Yes, sweetness, acid, grip. Full late harvest furmint delivery short of aszu botrytis. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2268. 13 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, KERESKEDOHAZ half liter
Nutty, leesy, chalky, sweet. Pollen and old honey./ Palate sweet and peachy as well as echoing the entire aromatic complex. Sweeter and more powerful than the beerenauslese, so this was definitely the right tasting order. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

GE-2269. 14 TOKAJI NOBLE LATE HARVEST, OREMUS half liter
Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Late harvest for sure. Lots of peach and honey. As well as the usual Tokaji nuttiness./ And that great Tokaji vibrant acidity. Rings and sings. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2270. 11 TOKAJI ASZU 3 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

GE-2271. 05 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
Parker 93: 'The 2005 Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5-Puttonyos was marked by slowly shrivelling grapes on the vine after what had been cooler vintage. It was matured in oak for 30 months. It has a complex bouquet that is very different from the 2006, with extrovert scents of mango, baked gingerbread, mandarin and fig, and is slightly more oxidative in style when compared to the 2006. The palate is very intense on the entry, with orange rind, apricot and quince. This is very focused, perhaps bestowed with more weight and length than the 2006, with a bitter kiss of sour lemon on the finish. This is a beautiful aszu, but the 2005 has just a little more finesse and edginess. Drink now-2040. $75.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

GE-2272. 02 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
Wine Spectator 93: ‛A rich sweetie, with spicy notes of candied citrus zest, incense and underbrush accenting the notes of dried apricot, date and peach preserves that drive along, as the chalky finish sails on. Drink now through 2022. $80.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

GE-2273. 00 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
Wine Spectator 92: ‛Losing a little flesh in lieu of structure, this is nonetheless concentrated and fresh. Peach, pear compote and floral aromas and flavors flow gracefully, picking up a mineral note on the long finish. Great for fresh fruit tarts. Drink now through 2025. $64.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

GE-2274. 16 TOKAJI LATE HARVEST MAD CUVEE, ROYAL TOKAJ WINE COMPANY half bottle
2012: Wine & Spirits 91: 'With its lemon-crisp fruit and clover-honey sweetness, this is immediately winning in its balance, impressively easy to drink. Furmint's acidity sweeps through the wine like a refreshing breeze, leaving the palate refreshed rather than coated. The honey notes last, with an underlying savor that brings pairings with cheese to mind.'
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2275. 13 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS RED LABEL, ROYAL TOKAJI WINE CO. half liter
Wine Enthusiast 96 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Straw colored with gold reflections, this delightful sweet wine has aromas of dried pear, fresh apricot and yellow peach. Flavors of fresh Bartlett pear, acacia honey and tinned apricots unfold on the palate. The finish is sweet, with just the right amount of acidity. $54.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

GE-2276. 13 TOKAJI ASZU 6 PUTTONYOS GOLD LABEL, ROYAL TOKAJI WINE CO. half liter
Wine Enthusiast 97 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'This ethereal Tokaji Aszú is golden in color, with aromas of delicate acacia flower, honeysuckle, fresh peach and tinned apricot. The flavors come alive on the palate, showing luscious apricot, floral honeycomb and fresh pear juice. The acidity is perfectly balanced to prevent this delightful wine from being too cloying. $80.'
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each


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