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.
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.