updated 11-16-17
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GERMANY

GE-2181. 15 SCHARZHOF RIESLING, EGON MULLER
Unbeatable Scharzhof class, elegance, breed. Smashing success./ Walnut husk, hint of key lime. Superb finesse, texture, charm, force, balance, all. Long, long finish. It’s been too long since I last tasted an Egon Muller Scharzhof. What a treat! 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

GE-2182. 15 OCKFENER BOCKSTEIN RIESLING KABINETT, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
Wine Spectator 92: ‘This is racy and pure, featuring intense minerality to the green apple, peach and Bosc pear flavors. Very lithe midpalate, with a steely finish that offers notes of white stone and dried herbs. Drink now through 2022. $24.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2183. 15 EITELSBACHER KARTHAUSERHOFBERG RIESLING TROCKEN, KARTHAUSERHOF
Soo Ruwer gossamer, precise, and focused, while Grosses Gewachs loaded with extract. This is in the league with dry rieslings costing 2-3 times more./ Yes, yes, yes. Total extraction without losing its innate delicacy. Hallmark. Endless finish. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2184. 14 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-2185. 14 MOSEL RIESLING DRY DR. L., DR. LOOSEN
Dry, dinner riesling candidate. Not fruity./ Some fruit and forgiveness on the palate, so not austere. Balanced. Right. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2186. 12 MOSEL ESTATE HOCHGEWACHS RIESLING FEINHERB ON SLATE, LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ
11.5%. Soars. Lovely apple, peach, honey. Mosel bright and clear. Touches of nuts and resin./ Near dry. Good acid. Juicy. Rings clear. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2187. 15 MOSEL RIESLING SPATLESE SLATE, 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: 24.99 each

GE-2188. 15 MOSEL RIESLING KABINETT, ST. CHARLES
Attractive face of Mosel riesling. Crisp Granny Smith apple aroma./ Sweet for kabinett, that impression magnified by 2015's mild acidity. A true delight and fine bargain. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2189. 14 MOSEL RIESLING SPICY GOAT, WEIS & HOFSTATTER
‘A hot wine for hot people!’. Nik Weis of Mosel’s St. Urbanshof and Martin Hofstatter of Alto Adige’s J. Hofstatter crafted this cuvee. Pure and racy Weis style of riesling./ Yes, racy and off dry. Weis refuses to make Mosel riesling trockens. Proper grip and degree of development for 2014. This is a deal! 91/100. List price: $15.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

GE-2190. 15 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, NIK WEIS
By the proprietor of St. Urbans Hof. Oh, good stone, etch, and extract combined with bright Mosel riesling fruit./ A tad sweeter than the norm for this cuvee thanks to 2015's warmth, and slightly lower in acidity, though the finish is mighty tangy. Suits me. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2191. 15 MOSEL ESTATE RIESLING OLD VINES, NIK WEIS - ST. URBANS HOF
Tasting Panel 90; Wine Spectator 90: ‘A juicy white, with red currant and plum flavors dominating this off-dry style. Hints of spice and cranberry show on the effusively fruity finish. $19.’ 60-year-old vines.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2192. 14 MOSEL RIESLING FEINHERB, WEINGUT SELBACH-OSTER
Just the right expression of cedar for its age. Ventilating. Great acid and race. Erstes Gewachs suggestions./ Rich and rangy flavor and texture. Feinherb balance of acid and off dry level of sweetness. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2193. 14 MOSEL RIESLING, RUDI WIEST
Clear and cool and true 2014. Crisp and fresh Mosel riesling. Good and dry dinner wine nose./ Great riesling peach and tangerine. Easy at 11.5%. Has a versatile sweetness level and acid balance workable in both mealtime and all-occasion circumstances. Fulfills all expectations. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2194. 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-2195. 12 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING KABINETT, J. & P. MATHEUS
Full, dark 2012 style of riesling. Piesporter peach, 2012 peach peel. Right. Rich, and full of material. Spatlese concentration, with plenty of 2012 extract too./ Yes, peach and peel. Class Goldtropfchen kabinett. Extract, succulence, acid, length, full flavor. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2196. 16 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT REUSCHER-HAART
Est. 1337. Exemplary of the vineyard's rieslings. Rich and round, full of peach and peach peel aromas and flavors. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2197. 15 PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING KABINETT, ST. URBANS-HOF
Vinous 91: ‘Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and pineapple inform a pungent nose and a brightly juicy, zesty, tangy palate in this unabashedly sweet, featherweight bottling, while hints of mango and banana deliver an unexpectedly tropical accent. Smoky, faintly incisive hints of black tea serve for welcome counterpoint, and the long finish is tongue-tinglingly persistent. 2017-2030. $26.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2198. 15 BERNKASTELER KURFURSTLAY RIESLING AUSLESE, J&H SELBACH
2012: Following the Kabinett and Spatlese, fullest of the trio. Crisp acid nostril etch and full feel. Crunchy green grape Bernkastel ID. More of everything here./ Great, sweet flavors of peach, honey, botrytis. Racy Bernkastel acidity. Auslese succulence. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2199. 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-2200. 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-2201. 14 URZIGER WURZGARTEN RIESLING AUSLESE, WEINGUT KARL ERBES
Stony, spicy, dry extract minerality. Speaks little of auslese nectar but totally of Wurzgarten terroir./ Oh, rich and nectarous on the palate though. Flowers, ginger, warm spices. Sweetness covers the acidity on entry, but it comes out at the end. Wow! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2202. 12 WITTLICHER LAY RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ
Gold Kammerpreis - Rheinland-Pfalz. Oh, boy, what a wonderful assault on the nostrils! Palpable extract, etch, swelling./ Again, the full extract, textural sensation. Dab of halbtrocken sweetness to balance. Satisfying body. Yes, great balance to bring to the dinner table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2203. 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-2204. 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-2205. 14 MERLER KLOSTERBERG RIESLING KABINETT, EDUARD KROTH (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2013: Full Mosel riesling character and texture. Just a little sulphur yet to resolve. Approaching age three and showing no sign of resin yet./ Yes, Mosel race. Extract buffers the sweetness, so it’s harmonious in the mouth. No evergreen. Best vintage of this I’ve tasted. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2206. 12 MERLER KONIGSLAY-TERRASSEN RIESLING AUSLESE, EDUARD KROTH
2009: Deep and well etched. Beautiful nose of auslese concentration, Mosel riesling. Intense. Close to Mittel Mosel class and style. Class lower Mosel riesling. Sweet, ripe fruit and botrytis extras. Fabulous aromatic range and depth./ Yes! Plenty of auslese fruit concentration, plus botrytis and some delightful bouquet development. Good acidity. Long and juicy. Wow! A full fledged auslese with age potential. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2207. 15 NAHE DORNFELDER DRY, ST. ANTONIUS
Good, clear, direct, and accomplished varietal ID and exemplary ripeness in this sunny vintage. None of dornfelder’s sometimes funky, herbal reductiveness. A fine deal too./ Even handed approach, surely tasty, dry but not austere. Good concentration to accompany full fare. Fruity aftertaste. A hard-working dornfelder. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2208. 16 NAHE ESTATE RIESLING TROCKEN, DONNHOFF
Brilliant, scintillating. Lucid, vibrant. This just shakes me, gives me chills./ I won’t spit this on out. The excitement, the minerals, the acid, the fruit. Lots of extras. Near perfect. Gotta have it. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2209. 14 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
The usual good Kreuznach expressions of riesling, such as peach, granola, and cedar. The nose suggests fine sweet-acid balance./ And the palate certainly confirms same. A very good vintage of this steady favorite, and a best value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2210. 15 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
Nice freshness and considerable edge for ripe 2015. Classic Nahe riesling golden fruit./ Yes, Auslese sweetness in balance with the right textural edge of acidity. Honey and golden citrus. Clear, crisp aftertaste. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

GE-2211. 14 BURG LAYER SCHLOSSKAPELLE SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
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-2212. 14 BURG LAYER SCHLOSSKAPELLE AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS
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-2213. 16 RHEINGAU RIESLING TROCKEN 101, WEINGUT SPREITZER
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-2214. 14 WINKELER GUTENBERG RIESLING KABINETT HALBTROCKEN, KRAYER
Est. 1866. Spicy and full of 2014 extract./ High halbtrocken sweetness level balanced by acid and extract. Pleasing now. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2215. 14 WINKELER HASENSPRUNG RIESLING SPATLESE, KRAYER
Sweet orange, peach, and stone Rheingau riesling. 2014 clarity, form, beauty./ Sweetness coats acidity yet. Pure and lovely Rheingau riesling statement. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2216. 15 WINKELER HASENSPRUNG RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE, KRAYER half bottle
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

GE-2217. 15 JOHANNISBERGER ERNTEBRINGER RIESLING KABINETT, KRAYER
2014: 14 form, acid, extract, grip. Rheingau golden citrus, mineral./ Full, juicy. Light bouquet development. Great extract to balance the kabinett sweetness. Long, cedary aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

GE-2218. 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-2219. 13 SCHLOSS VOLLRADS RIESLING
Oh, good Rheingau riesling class and clarity. Stony. Golden minerality of Rheingau. Bright, crisp, vital. Ideal raciness./ Yes, attractive white cedar wisp of bottle development. Near dry. Racy, flavorful, on the spot. Wine of place. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2220. 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-2221. 13 FRANKEN HOFKELLER SILVANER KABINETT TROCKEN, STAATLICHER HOFKELLER WURZBURG
Drier, crisper, less fruity than the Wirsching. Firm pie apple strain./ Juicy, stony, classic Franken silvaner. Light padding. Complete picture. Mealtime wine. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2222. 13 FRANKEN SILVANER TROCKEN, HANS WIRSCHING
Gently fragrant of aromatic apple, melon, wet stone./ Apple, melon, candle wax. Lithe, juicy, well balanced. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2223. 14 RANDERSACKERER SILVANER TROCKEN, WEINGUT SCHMITT’S KINDER
Shy and vinous to start. Not earthy, not heavy; none of silvaner’s sometimes drawbacks. Just not much in the way of varietal pungency early on. Aeration helps./ Undeveloped yet, flavor-wise. Just shipped? Certainly plenty of silvaner weight and texture. 89+/100. (6/22/16).
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2224. 09 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER BIN 475 TWISTED RIVER SWEET RED, LEONARD KREUSCH (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
List price: $15.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2225. 15 RHEINHESSEN DORNFELDER, PETER MERTES
Nose understated yet./ Palate offers varietal flavor of sugar plum. Pleasing sweet-acid balance. Juicy and desirable. Will have many fans. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

GE-2226. 15 RHEINHESSEN RIESLING FRITZ’S, FRITZ HASSELBACH
2014: Wine Spectator 90 - TOP 100 2016: ‘Redolent of white raspberry jam and mint, this white is lush and creamy midpalate, with crackling acidity. The off-dry finish delivers honey and spice details. Drink now through 2018.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2227. 12 RHEINHESSEN RIESLING CAT BOTTLE, MOSELLAND half liter
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2228. 14 RHEINHESSEN SILVANER ALTE REBEN DRY, DR. HEYDEN
Has some fizz./ Penetrating, old vines aromatic concentration. Racy, stimulating, full nostril assault./ Rich old vines intensity. In the absence of residual sweetness, glycerol gives roundness. Very flavorful right through the long aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2229. 09 RHEINHESSEN BEERENAUSLESE, ROMERHOF half bottle
Attractive elements of bouquet starting to form. Good Hessia roundness. Sweet. Poached peach./ Sweet and succulent. The real BA deal at a bargain price. Good acid. Well crafted. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2230. 11 RHEINHESSEN BEERENAUSLESE SCHLINK HAUS, GUENTHER SCHLINK half bottle
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2231. 11 RHEINHESSEN ORTEGA BEERENAUSLESE DESIRE, GUENTHER SCHLINK half bottle
Sweet and spicy ortega. Rich, accessible, concentrated./ Oh, sweet and succulent, really BA syrupy concentration. Tropical fruit flavors. Adorable. A bargain. 94+/100. List price: $16.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2232. 08 RHEINHESSEN EISWEIN NOBLE HOUSE, DR. PAULY-BERGWEILER half bottle (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2233. 12 GAU ODERNHEIMER WEISSBURGUNDER IM FELSEN KELLER, BECKER-LANGRAF
13%. Full, clear varietal expression. More crispness, edge, and extract than your typical Alsace Pinot Blanc./ Flavorful. Firm orchard fruit plus a tad of citrus flavor. Really good acid for the varietal. A measuring-rod weissburgunder. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2234. 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: 16.99 each

GE-2235. 12 NIERSTEINER HIPPING RIESLING SPATLESE, GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER
Estate bottled. Dark and dry 2012 style; hallmark, impressive. Good Hipping mineral and tangerine./ Full and singing Hipping expression. Citrus. Youthfully coated acid. Young spatlese padding. Has mineral burnish to foil its plumpness. Keeper. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2236. 14 NIERSTEINER REHBACH RIESLING SPATLESE, EUGEN WEHRHEIM
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-2237. 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-2238. 14 OPPENHEIMER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT DR. HEYDEN
Fresh, austere, terroir driven. Very dry./ Balance of sweetness and acidity. Classic Rheinfront riesling taste. Food wine. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2239. 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-2240. 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-2241. 16 PFALZ ESTATE PINOT BLANC TROCKEN, DARTING
Oh, this hits the nail on the head. Pure, brilliant, incisive pinot blanc character./ Yes, indeed, and rightly dry for dinner table versatility. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2242. 16 PFALZ PINOT GRIS, VILLA WOLF
Young and fresh. The appley face of pinot gris in youth. Spot on poise./ Sweet core. Medium acid on entry that builds toward the back. Will gain more textural interest and balance over the coming weeks. 91+/100. (8/16/17).
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2243. 15 PFALZ RIESLING BONE DRY, REICHSRAT VON BUHL
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: 15.99 each

GE-2244. 13 PFALZ RIESLING KABINETT ARMAND, VON BUHL
Good Pfalz grain, power. Dry, with light bottle bouquet beginning to form. Fine./ Fabulously round, rich, sweet, and intense spatlese like impression. Dazzling acid vigor. Yow! Totally balanced. Complete. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2245. 15 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
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: 16.99 each

GE-2246. 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-2247. 16 PFALZ SCHEUREBE FEINHERB, WEINGUT THEO MINGES
Always the consummate scheu statement here. Plenty of tangerine and gooseberry./ Just the right feinherb, near dry palate savor. Hallmark scheu. All over the place. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

GE-2248. 13 PFALZ GEWURZTRAMINER SPATLESE, FITZ-RITTER
Sweet and intense gewurz rose, ginger, orange zest, glycerol./ Gewurztraminer’s relative mild acid, coated with spatlese sweetness. Still filling out. This will bulk up over the coming months. They always do. Tasted 8/23/17. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

GE-2249. 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-2250. 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: 34.99 each

GE-2251. 02 FORSTER RIESLING AUSLESE, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
50 grams per liter residual sugar. A perfect Pfalz riesling auslese nose of golden fruits and grains, with complex botrytis extras./ 2002's high extract is the ideal foil for auslese sweetness. Botrytis roars back at the end to complicate its long aftertaste and leave a dash of bitterness to whisk the palate clean. Very popular with the group. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

GE-2252. 14 BICKENSOHLER VULKANFELSEN GEWURZTRAMINER KABINETT, WINZER BICKENSOHL AM KAISERSTUHL
Subtle gewurz spices. Basalt basis./ Keeps expanding and revealing more varietal character and more terroir. Not as powerful, intense, and sultry as the top Alsace versions. Solid gewurz of place. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2253. 12 BICKENSOHLER HERRENSTUCK GEWURZTRAMINER SPATLESE, WINZER BICKENSOHL AM KAISERSTUHL
Sweet and full of barbershop gewurz flavors and the stony spiciness of Kaiserstuhl basalt. Deep, with light reduction bulb flower sensation. Young./ Young and still encased in baby fat. Tender gewurz and southern acidity. Good body, plumpness. 91+/100. (4/20/16).
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

GE-2254. 12 BADEN PINOT NOIR DRY, WEINGUT SALWEY
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: 18.99 each

GE-2255. 15 AFFENTALER SPATBURGUNDER, WINZ. BUHL (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2014: Dry, light, crisp, right./ Good glycerol, pinot fruit sweetness. All as it should be. Pleasing and persistent aftertaste. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2256. 11 ALBIGER HUNDSKOPF SPATBURGUNDER BARRIQUE, WEINGUT KOSTER-WOLF
Gold Kammerpreis - Pfalz. Discreet oak. Very bright, fulfilled cool climate pinot fruit. Cherry and herb./ Yes, oak is well managed. Dry and astute. One of the best of its genre. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

AUSTRIA

GE-2258. 14 WEINLAND BLAUFRANKISCH, EVOLUCIO
Rich and round and ripe. No green fruit./ Fine texture and rich fruit flavor and filling. Ideal. Great price. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2259. 14 BURGENLAND BLAU FRANKISCH, MORIC
Parker 90: ‘The wine is pure, fresh and skinny on the spicy nose, light, nicely pure, yet intense, and very authentic on the palate, where it reveals a good freshness, nice grip, great tension and finesse. This is a ripe and very stimulating Blaufränkisch with ripe and very fine tannins. What a classic! Now-2026.’
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

GE-2260. 13 NIEDEROSTERREICH ZWEIGELT, WK HUGL-WIMMER liter
Very bright, cool climate, juicy, sweet, fruity, ideal. Really pushes forth ripe, sweet, even spicy fruit aromas./ Clear, smooth, ripe cherry-berry flavors. Flashes a gamy note not alien to this varietal. A striking and attractive zweigelt thanks to superior fruit ripeness. So many come my way wanting for that. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2261. 14 BURGENLAND PANNONICA WHITE, HOPLER
Pinot blanc, chardonnay, gruner veltliner. Good balance with chardonnay sweet apple, gruner legume. A bushel of apple varieties./ Delicious balance of the varietals. Mild acid and light sweetness. Juicy. Fabulous value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

GE-2262. 15 WEINLAND GRUNER VELTLINER, BROADBENT liter
Good and sweet and juicy. No austerity. Wide appeal. Smooth. Plenty of fruit beyond just apple. Lime and peach. No legume./ Good grip and acid etch. Fabulous acid, really. Great textural appeal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2263. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, BRUNN liter
Brisk and accurate. Apple, legume, and quince./ Juicy and 15 ripe. Works all around. Long on flair and texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2264. 14 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT FRANZ ETZ liter
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: 16.99 each

GE-2265. 16 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER HUGLWEINE, WK HUGL-WIMMER liter
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-2266. 15 WACHAU GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG, NIKOLAIHOF
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: 27.99 each

GE-2267. 16 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, DOMAINE WACHAU
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‘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: 19.99 each

GE-2268. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER STEINIG, STADT KREMS
Good apple and peel. Well proportioned; perfect pitch./ Yes, fruity and nicely balanced. More about apple pulp and peel than legume. Nice and dry. Good value. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2269. 10 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER SMARAGD, DOMANE WACHAU
2009: Wow! Deep, mineral saturated. Walnut husk. Total extract. Citrus peel./ Wow again! Thick in glycerol and power and extract. Fully padded and fully dry. Long. Two pounds of grapes in a one-pound sack. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2270. 16 KAMPTAL RIED HASEL GRUNER VELTLINER, BIRGIT EICHINGER
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-2271. 16 KAMPTAL GOBELSBURGER GRUNER VELTLINER, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG
Of fruit off younger vines in Lamm, Grub and Renner. Nice and appley. Crisp and penetrating. Sharp edged./ Rounder mouthfeel. Even handed. Good representative. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2272. 15 KAMPTAL LOIS GRUNER VELTLINER TROCKEN, LOIMER
Wine Enthusiast 90/100. My notes: Soft, mild 15 up front, with accurate apple and legume deep down. Develops a nice limey edge./ Good flavor accuracy and intensity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

GE-2273. 15 KREMSTAL GRUNER VELTLINER KARMELITERBERG, HERMANN MOSER
Proper Kremstal gruve class and style. Apple; not too much legume. Ripe vintage shows./ Balanced taste. Good acid. All around attractive and worthy of single-vineyard distinction. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

GE-2274. 14 BURGENLAND GRUNER VELTLINER, HOPLER (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Deep and etched. Mineral and almost a wood tone. Full./ Juicy fruit. Great flow and flavor. Fine acid edge, ring. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2275. BURGENLAND TROCKENBEERENAUSLESE, ALOIS KRACHER quarter bottle (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
The nose has BA fruitiness and TBA botrytis character. Pear, peach, nut. Bright and right and nice./ Well, fine and dusty botrytis TBA material. Full concentration and nuttiness. Intense indeed. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each (20% off this price)

GE-2276. 14 THERMENREGION ZIERFANDLER/ROTGIFLER, STIFT KLOSTERNEUBURG
50/50. At Gumpolds kirchen. Good, clear, lightly scented, cool. Peach, apple, cream. Intense, complex, pure./ Suave, gentle acid. Just the right touch, etch. Perfect balance. Light fruit flavor. Juicy, long. Food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

GE-2277. 14 TRAISENTHAL OBERE STEIGEN GRUNER VELTLINER, HUBER
Full and accurate. Totally classic. Gruner in a most intense way./ Extract, volume, concentration. Big, big quality. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

GE-2278. 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-2279. 14 WACHAUER WEINGARTEN RIESLING, HOGL
Apple, peach, pear. Lithe and delicate./ Juicy apple and stone fruit and citrus. Understated and dry. Great acid and extract for food. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

GE-2280. 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: 22.99 each

GE-2281. 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-2282. 15 KAMPTAL STEINMASSL RIESLING TROCKEN, NASTL
Discreet and proper Austrian riesling. Apple and stone fruit. Comfortable, confident./ Flavors echo aromas. 15 mild acidity. Gentle and appealing. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

GE-2283. 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-2284. 14 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

HUNGARY

GE-2286. 13 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-2287. 13 EGRI BIKAVER BULL’S BLOOD, EGERVIN
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: 9.99 each

GE-2288. 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-2289. 12 TOKAJI FURMINT LATE HARVEST, EVOLUCIO half bottle
Clear late harvest character of spatlese to auslese intensity. Nectar, peach./ Luscious, with furmint spices and bergamot. Sweetness balanced by great furmint acid. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

GE-2290. 12 TOKAJI ASZU 3 PUTTONYOS, KERESKEDOHAZ half liter
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

GE-2291. 08 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, KERESKEDOHAZ half liter
How Many bottles/singles: 36.99 each

GE-2292. 13 TOKAJI NOBLE LATE HARVEST, OREMUS half liter
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‘This late harvest wine reminds one of lemon grass, cut grass and honeysuckle. It is sweet with a good acid balance along with flavors of lemon meringue pie and lemon curd.’
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

GE-2293. 09 TOKAJI ASZU 3 PUTTONYOS, OREMUS half liter
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘This 3 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu has delightful aromas of honey, honeysuckle, beeswax and apricots. It is full bodied with flavors of sweet canned peaches and apricot conserves. $40'
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

GE-2294. 03 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS, PATRICIUS half liter
25 RS, 10% alcohol. Nutty and mature, warm vintage style. Logical development for 03. Dried peach./ Sweet and succulent, with the usual high acidity. The ripeness of a hot year. Delicious tawny peach. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

GE-2295. 12 TOKAJI LATE HARVEST MAD CUVEE, ROYAL TOKAJ WINE COMPANY half bottle
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-2296. 13 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS RED LABEL, ROYAL TOKAJI WINE CO. half liter
2008: 35% sugar at harvest; 16% RS. Honey and nuts. Dried fruit. A sense of more time in cooperage than the Loupiac. Even the nose senses the extreme acidity that marks Tokaj, and it’s great./ This is even sweeter than the Loupiac. Well, of course. 5/6 of it is from shriveled grapes. Great botrytis presence and range. Dried fruit concentration. All playing against that supreme acidity of Tokaj. Yow! The group shared my enthusiasm. 98+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each


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