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GE-2164. 16 HEIMERSHEIMER SONNENBERG SILVANER EISWEIN half bottle
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

GE-2165. 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-2166. 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-2167. 18 OCKFENER BOCKSTEIN RIESLING KABINETT, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
2016: Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Plush pink-grapefruit and pomelo flavors burst from this light-bodied but intensely ripe Riesling. It's subtly sweet yet tangy, balanced by spine-tingling lime acidity and refreshing mineral complexities. Delicious already but it should improve through 2022, hold further.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2168. 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-2169. 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-2170. 15 MOSEL RIESLING SPATLESE, HEINZ EIFEL
Anne Eifel-Spohr, winemaker. Fresh, crisp, and bright. High extract of 2014 Mosel riesling. Full of appley fruit./ Very juicy. Fine balance of sweetness and acidity. Yes, thoroughly balanced and delicious. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2171. 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-2172. 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-2173. 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-2174. 16 MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT BLUE SLATE, DR. LOOSEN
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Juicy white grapefruit and lime notes are accented by hints of smoke, spice and crushed earth in this easy drinking yet exhilarating kabinett. It's light footed and approachably fruity yet lingers on a refreshing mineral finish.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2175. 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-2176. 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-2177. 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-2178. 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: 11.99 each

GE-2179. 18 MOSEL ESTATE RIESLING OLD VINES, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
2016: Wine & Spirits 92 - Best Buy: ‛Nik Weis makes this cuvee from a selection of the oldest vines at St. Urbans-Hof. In 2016, they seemed to draw a special intensity out of their deep roots, turning out a wine that surpasses its price and QbA status. It has a tangy, layered flavor of heirloom apples and the floral notes of a ripe peach, all wrapped in an earthy richness that gives the wine a meaty breadth. With octaves of flavor and nimble acidity, it‛s a flexible paring for anything from fish to roast pork shoulder. $19.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2180. 16 MOSEL RIESLING FEINHERB, DR. H. THANISCH
Crisp and full of dry extract. Great mineral etch. Stony persistence./ Yes, an ideal Mosel feinherb rendition, dry yet forgiving like a Vouvray ‛sec tendre‛. Balance, length, delivery. Perfect pitch. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2181. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING SPATLESE, BOLLIG-LEHNERT
Classic peach and citrus. Lush./ Lovely peacock's tail aromatic spread on the palate. Brisk acid. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2182. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING SPATLESE, LEONARD KREUSCH
Good, round, and peachy Goldtropfchen. 2015 sweet, and especially bright./ Oh, boy, ideal juicy peach Goldtropfchen. Bravo, Leonard Kreusch! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2183. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING AUSLESE, LEONARD KREUSCH
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

GE-2184. 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-2185. 16 BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE RIESLING KABINETT, DR. THANISCH
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2186. 13 BERNKASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING KABINETT, DR. THANISCH
Totally new Mosel riesling; not a hint of petrol. Nice clarity and distinction. Sweet citrus and stone fruit./ Oh, boy, great intensity and bouquet. Cedar, orange, lemon, peach, honey. Nobility. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

GE-2187. 15 BERNKASTELER KURFURSTLAY RIESLING AUSLESE, J&H SELBACH
Fully in tune with the series. Selbach mineral and extract edge. Bernkastel green apple, pear, peach. Sweet background./ Yes! Sweetness, race, acid, extract, balance. Baby fat to shed yet. Will go and grow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2188. 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-2189. 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-2190. 15 ZELTINGER SCHLOSSBERG RIESLING KABINETT, SELBACH-OSTER
Parker 92+: 'The 2015 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett is deep and smoky on the very clear, refreshing nose with its bright fruit aromas and smoky flavors of crushed stones. On the palate, this is a lush and mouth-filling Riesling with great purity, super grip and lingering salinity. The Schlossberg is surely more complex than the regular Kabinett, but I wouldn't drink it before 2025. It has 9.5% alcohol and less than 50 grams of residual sugar. 2025-2040. $25.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2191. 16 URZIGER WURZGARTEN RIESLING AUSLESE, WEINGUT KARL ERBES
2015: Oh, boy, great nostril tingle. Really Wurzgarten spicy. Total vigor./ Yes, juice, spice, and fruit flavors. Not a lot of botrytis. A pleasing cedar aura. Great acid. No baby fat. Super length and future. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2192. 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-2193. 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-2194. 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-2195. 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-2196. 15 NAHE ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN, SINSS
Yeah, mineral saturated. Total etch. Hint of bottle bouquet. The 2015s are ripe, and advancing readily./ Full bodied. Jawbreaker extract. Food please. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2197. 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-2198. 16 HACKENHEIMER KIRCHBERG SILVANER EISWEIN half bottle
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

GE-2199. 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-2200. 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-2201. 16 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
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: 9.99 each

GE-2202. 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-2203. 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-2204. 13 RHEINGAU RIESLING SPATLESE TRADITION, DR. WEIL
Husky Rheingau style and structure. Golden. Full bodied. Full extract. Really well extracted. Deep, variegated, soaring. Tingly. Just beginning to put a little age complexion on./ Plenty of peach and orange. Plenty of race, mineral savor. Oh, the succulence of it all! The balance of sweetness, acidity, and dry matter. Enveloping, complex, total. The complete package. 95+/100. List price: $53.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

GE-2205. 16 RHEINGAU RIESLING TROCKEN 101, WEINGUT SPREITZER
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

GE-2206. 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-2207. 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-2208. 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-2209. 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-2210. 15 FRANKEN SILVANER KABINETT ANNA-LENA DRY, 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: 19.99 each

GE-2211. 17 SOMMERACHER KATZENKOPF SILVANER TROCKEN, WINZ. SOMMERACH
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: 14.99 each

GE-2212. 17 SOMMERACHER KATZENKOPF RIESLING TROCKEN, WINZ. SOMMERACH
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: 14.99 each

GE-2213. 09 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER BIN 475 TWISTED RIVER SWEET RED, LEONARD KREUSCH (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
List price: $15. No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 6.99 each (30% off this price)

GE-2214. 16 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER DRY, NONNENKELLER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2215. 11 RHEINHESSEN BEERENAUSLESE SCHLINK HAUS, GUENTHER SCHLINK half bottle (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each (30% off this price)

GE-2216. 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-2217. 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-2218. 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-2219. 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-2220. 14 BECHTOLSHEIMER PETERSBERG KERNER SPATLESE, WEINGUT ERNST BRETZ
A proper kerner nose. Stone fruit and flower./ Full, sweet, mild acid, proper varietal flavor intensity. Balanced and lasting. Good example Juicy finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 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
2016: Brisk and penetrating, clear and brittle. Full extract./ Yes, juicy, bracing, palate cleansing. Salivating. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2224. 16 PFALZ RIESLING, VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN
Just as ventilating as the trocken. Fuller, denser./ Sweeter, of course. Has the same high level of extract. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2225. 17 PFALZ RIESLING BONE DRY, REICHSRAT VON BUHL
2015: A rich Pfalz riesling, replete with nuts, grains, and yellow fruits. Lots of dry extract. Full, full, full./ Extract, power, substance, texture, succulence, balance. All. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2226. 15 PFALZ RIESLING KABINETT ARMAND, VON BUHL
Wine Spectator 91: 'Developing petrol notes are persistent in this distinctive dry style, which shows beeswax, baked apple and savory herbal accents. Not a crowd-pleaser, but perfect for fans of the style. Pair with raw seafood. Drink now through 2020. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2227. 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-2228. 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-2229. 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-2230. 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-2231. 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-2232. 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-2233. 17 BADEN AFFENTALER PINOT NOIR MONKEY BOTTLE, WINZ. BUHL
2016: Dry, light, crisp, right./ Good glycerol, pinot fruit sweetness. All as it should be. Persistent taste. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2234. 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-2236. 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./ Packs lots in there. More than just alluring. Has material grip, character, depth, all. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2237. 15 BURGENLAND BLAU FRANKISCH, MORIC
Ripest one ever. Barrel spice under control. Largesse. I don‛t know how you could get more character out of this variety. And oomph./ It‛s dazzling, it‛s spicy. Pastille clarity. Very ripe and more powerful than usual. Pretty grand stuff. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

GE-2238. 15 WEINLAND ZWEIGELT, WEINGUT ECKER liter
Plenty of fruit personality and sweetness here. Likely, the riper vintage and extra year of age play roles after tasting a pair of 2016 zweigelts./ Great acid for 2015. Clarity, fruit, value. The real deal. Stock this one. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2239. 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-2240. 17 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, AICHENBERG liter
2016: Aroma and nasal texture correct, if modest./ Good green apple, light legume. Pleasing palate texture. Balanced Certainly a good value at $9 the bottle equivalent. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2241. 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT BAUER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2242. 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-2243. 17 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-2244. 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-2245. 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-2246. 16 WACHAU GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG, NIKOLAIHOF
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

GE-2247. 18 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, DOMANE WACHAU
2016: Wine Enthusiast 90 - Top 100: 'Fresh Conference pear notes abound on the nose of this wine. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with a zestier core of lime and pear peel. Slender in frame, it dances on the palate, displaying seriousness and levity at the same time. The finish is totally refreshing.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2248. 18 KAMPTAL RIED HASEL GRUNER VELTLINER, BIRGIT EICHINGER
2016: Complete clarity and accomplishment. Full bodied, full aromatic and textural assault. Abundant, rich, stimulating apple and legume ranges. Near perfect./ Rich mouthful and mouthfeel. Texture and taste. Mineral savors plus padding. Clings. She's at the top of her game. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2249. 17 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER LOIS, LOIMER
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2250. 17 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER KLASSIK, NASTL
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-2251. 18 KAMPTAL GOBELSBURGER GRUNER VELTLINER, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG
2016: Wine Spectator 90/100. My notes: Of fruit off younger vines in Lamm, Grub and Renner. Nice and appley. Crisp and penetrating. Sharp edged. Very clear, pointed, and pure./ Rounder mouthfeel. Even handed. Yes, clear, pure, delicious. Good representative. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2252. 18 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER PER DUE, HERMANN MOSER
2016: Full, varietal, etched. Lots of oomph. What I'm looking for./ Yes. Very fine example. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2253. 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-2254. 18 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER, STADT KREMS
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2255. 18 WAGRAM GRUNER VELTLINER PAUL DIREDER
2017: A really crystal clear one. Not too apple or legume leaning. It‛s a Wagram gruve, and I like these for their attractive roundness. And laid back disposition. Lovely mouthfeel. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2256. 17 WAGRAM GRUNER VELTLINER, ECKER liter
Fresh apple-legume classic. The right weight for a liter quaffer./ Oh, so beautifully 17 tender. Fresh acid and a soft inner lining. Easy to drain a liter of this! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2257. 18 BURGENLAND GRUNER VELTLINER, ZANTHO
2017: Fresh, and very cool scented--exceptionally cool for Burgenland, Austria‛s balmiest region. Upbeat; more floral than most gruners. Immediate. Ideal aroma of fresh cut Jonathan apple./ Fresh and appley on the palate too, with welcome Burgenland richness and ripeness. About the liveliest gruners I‛ve ever had. Nice surprise from Burgenland. Blows me away 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2258. 16 WEINVIERTEL GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT SCHWARZBOCK liter
Full, expressive legume side of gruner./ Yes, this is hallmark Weinviertel gruve with its accent of abundance over subtlety. Surely the aromatic generosity to fill a liter. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2259. 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-2260. 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-2261. 15 KAMPTAL GOBELSBURGER RIESLING, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'How can such lightness, such supple slenderness, come with such full flavor? Visions of swirling citrus are made manifest here. Mandarin, kumquat, tangerine: they all dance and flit around a central seam of freshness. Lovely and almost irresistible now, but sure to advance most gracefully. $21.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2262. 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-2263. 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-2264. 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

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GE-2266. 17 EGRI MERLOT, WEINHAUS KFT
2012: 12 months in large wood casks before bottling. Euro structured. Closer, drier than the Pelee Island. Deep, spicy black fruit. Incredible savor./ Sweet. Good acid. Medium body. Works. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2267. 16 EGRI BIKAVER BULL'S BLOOD, EGERVIN
2013: The original Bulls Blood; barrel aged. The nose is great, all about good black fruit, with sweetness of ripeness, quality of the zone and variety; form and acidity showing too. Bright, fresh, vigorous, sweet and spicy. Bountiful and accurate./ The palate is drier and more contrite. Good vigor. Tarry core. There have been more pleasurable vintages at this age, palate-wise. Good value, and will improve in the cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2268. 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-2269. 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-2270. 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-2271. 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-2272. 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-2273. 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-2274. 05 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

GE-2275. 05 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

GE-2276. 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-2277. 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-2278. 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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