Beurer, Rose Trocken 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Trollinger, Portugieser, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir
Jochen Beurer is an ex-Euro BMX champion, and has taken on the role of a wine guru. Seriously, he is one of the most important winemakers in Germany at the moment. Add to this that his winery has been certified biodynamic, and his vineyards come from the region of Swabia, which is actually in Germany, encompassing both Baden and Wurttemberg. The consistency in quality and purity is evident from one wine to the next. He is also a deep thinker beyond the vineyards, always considering how his actions in (and out) of the vineyards will affect the outcome of his wine. Taste any of the varieties he makes; each seems to defy the laws of physics in their concentrated weightlessness.
Taking a blend of almost all the red varieties he grows, Jochen Beurer has bottled a wine that seems to defy gravity. Not to say that it’s completely weightless, it does seem to lift off the palate while simultaneously drinking like “biodynamic Gatorade.” Bottled at just 11% abv, it is less like alcohol and more of a hydrating beverage.
Josef Leitz, Riesling Eins Zwei Dry 2018Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Like many of the enduring winemaking families in Europe, the Leitz family has seen it all with records dating back to 1744. Josef Leitz rebuilt the Rheingau winery after a bombing raid that had taken place in 1966. It wasn’t until two generations later that the current winemaker, Johannes Leitz, began to give the winey its current reputation, growing from roughly three hectares to forty. Even with the success and growth of his Rieslings, Johannes has stayed true to the integrity of his roots.
Eins Zwei Dry means “One, Two, Dry.” The Riesling is harvested at the end of September and done at least in the Spatlese style. The style aims for a balance in acidity, fruit, and sweetness. Grapes are sourced from multiple villages in central and eastern Rheingau. The wine is fermented only in stainless steel. Even though this is an entry level wine from Leitz, the quality is just as impeccable as his other bottles.
J.B. Becker, Riesling Wallufer Trocken Rheingau 2018 · 1 LRegular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
In the Rheingau area, Jean Baptiste Becker founded “J.B. Becker” in 1893. The second generation, led by Hans-Joseph Becker, was far ahead of his time, preemptively foreseeing the dry wine movement in the Rheingau area long before anyone else was doing it. Now onto the third generation, Hajo Becker is now owner and winemaker, continuing his father and grandfather’s legacy. After tasting with cellar master Hermann Neuser’s dry wines back in the 1970s, Hajo became instantly enamored with them. This was during a time when Germany was still known internationally for its Liebfraumilch, and other sweet swill. With his first vintage in 1971, he began focusing on dry Rieslings, which lost him many of his customers. All levels of vineyard care are at the forefront of importance to Becker, but he won’t talk about it; he thinks and he works.
This liter of Riesling hails from Walluf, a small town in Rheingau. Even for a rather straightforward entry-level bottle, it delivers serious fruit and minerality, executing Becker’s trademark dry style. It’s as beautiful as Hajo’s whimsical mustache on the label.
Seehof, Riesling Kabinett ‘Elektrisch’ 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments. His Rieslings are clean pure examples of what can be done when grown in limestone soils, showcasing the rich marbly texture, contrasted by energetic acidity. To counter this excellent quality, the prices are gosh darn hard to beat, particularly for this competitively priced “basic” estate Riesling.
“Elektrisch” is just what it sounds like—electric! This is a lean and racy Kabinett Riesling with none of the expected sweetness. Even as Seehof’s entry level wine, this is sourced mostly from Florian’s estate holdings, one of which is sourced from a Grand Cru site in Westhofen.
A.J. Adam, Riesling Dhron Hofberg Spatlese 2017Regular price $48.00 Save $-48.00
Andreas Adam is one of the top producers in the Middle Mosel. Many winemakers left this area during the 70’s and 80’s to move to the cities, leaving vineyards unattended. Many people would consider his work (which began in 2000) as the key reason that Dhron has been restored to its former status as one of the great regions of the Mosel. While all his sites are situated in the Mosel River Valley, the Piesport wines come from the Goldtropfen site, while the Dhron plantings come from the Hofberg site, named for the Dhron River, a tributary of the Mosel.
The Spatlese Riesling is a wine picked as the first part of the late harvest. This is the lightest of the late harvest wines in both sugar and body weight. The vines are harvested all from the Hofberg site ranging from 30 to 65 years old.
Stein, Pinot Noir Red Light 2018Regular price $43.00 Save $-43.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Ulrich “Ulli” Stein is often referred to as a “joyful rebel” or a “charismatic activist.” Who would dare to plant red grapes in the Mosel, defying a 2,000-year-old tradition of white grapes? And who could make any money doing it? Stein led a brief battle in 2010, challenging the EU to permit planting of red grapes, and won! There aren’t many growers who have had the nerve (or purse) to follow in Stein’s footsteps, a rare gem.
Hild, Elbling Sekt Brut NVRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
When you think about the Upper Mosel forget everything you think you know about it. In the Upper Mosel you won’t find any slate and you won’t find any Riesling. Matthias Hild is bucking the trends. Matthias Hild is pushing the envelope. He operates at his own pace and by his own terms. He marches to the beat of his own drum. Conventional wisdom would say he’s crazy for trying to single-handedly save the old, terraced parcels of Elbling, but its so charming. The returns on an investment like this are so slim they make no business sense, but its moves like this that make winemakers like Hild so intriguing.
Brand, Trocken Riesling 2019 ( 1 Liter )Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
The brothers Brand, Daniel and Jonas, are defining growth of organic and little to no-intervention range of whites and reds. Hailing in the Pfalz region of Germany is a lesser known village, Bockenheim, known for its quiet, rugged and gritty agriculture. The Brand brothers are fifth generation winemakers and took over production from their father. The hand logo on many of their labels may look like the peace sign at first glance; however, it is an oath taken by the brothers representing their emotional relationship to their region and furthermore, a symbol for quality in the bottle and close connection with nature. The wines are all organic and have little to no sulphites added.
The Riesling is flowery on the nose, but peach and citric fruit leap out of the glass. There is a distinct vein of minerality running through wine, which finishes bone dry and extremely refreshing.
Peter Lauer, Riesling Barrel X 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
For purists, there is nothing like the Saar. It is arguably one of the greatest, most unique wine-growing regions on earth. The core of greatness in the Saar is intensity without weight, grandiosity without size. At Lauer, the focus is on dry-tasting Rieslings as opposed to the residual sugar wines of others in the region. For this style, there are really only two addresses in the Saar: Lauer and Hofgut Falkenstein.
Employing natural-yeast fermentations, Lauer’s wines find their own balance. They tend to be more textural, deeper and more masculine. They have a preternatural sense of balance, an energy that is singular. Yet the hallmarks of the Saar are there: purity, precision, rigor, mineral.