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.
Tenuta Di Carleone, Pianvecchio N.V.Regular price $26.00 Save $-26.00
Variety: Vermentino, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer
Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni was first mentioned in the year 1078 when monks first founded it in Chianti, named for the village of Castiglioni meaning “small castle.” The property is a romantic vision of wooded hills, rivers, and fertile plains. Nestled in between the hills are the Sangiovese vines and olive trees. Though the property was farmed for hundreds of years, it did not become the winery of Tenuta di Carleone until 2012. Karl Egger and Sean O’Callaghan both operate the winery with a clear vision, classic, with Sean’s twist.
This blend of white varieties, some classic of the region and others not so classic, come from various vineyards in Radda, Chianti. The vines for this bottling are planted next to the traditional Tuscan farmhouse called “pian vecchio” from which this bottle got its name. It is aged just in stainless steel.
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.
Meyer-Fonne, Grand Cru Riesling "Kaefferkopf" 2015Regular price $63.00 Save $-63.00
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine since his grandfather founded the domaine in the late 19th century. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery and family home is in the village of Katzenthal, known for its distinctive granite soils. Meyer-Fonne wines are true expressions of Alsace; dry, racy and long on the finish.
Winemaker Felix Meyer is honed in on best potential between pairings of grape variety and soil type. With a glass of this wine, its clear why Kaefferkopf is considered one of Alsace’s best crus. While some faces of Riesling are taut and austere, a terroir of limestone, sandstone, and clay makes for a bolder, richer, elegant one, with citrus and tropical notes, and great ageability.
Marco Barba, Gambellara Barbabianca 2018Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Riesling, Garganega, Trebbiano, Glera
Marco Barba is the name and face behind this project out of the Veneto region in Northern Italy. Before winemaking became a focus, Marco was a carpenter and moved to the Jura mountains in Switzerland where he bred cattle while tending fruits and vegetables. His interest in biodynamic farming grew, ultimately bringing him home. He thus began a new chapter working with friend, Stefano Menti of Menti Wines, and his father in their family business endeavor. Menti Giovanni Farms nurtured his viticultural passion and he started to vinify grapes from vines that he was managing. Today, Marco Barba is a team of three, including his friends, Giulio and Tommaso. They run the winery in a biodynamic-forward manner with respect for nature.
This is a fruity and aromatic blend of Riesling, Trebbiano, Glera, and Garganega, with a funky and salty finish. It is fermented in cement and bottled with just a touch of sulfur. This is another bottle displaying Marco’s passion for biodynamic farming.
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.
Luigi Baudana, Langhe Bianco Dragon 2019Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Nascetta
Arriving at Luigi Baudana is akin to entering the garage or basement of an old house in a sleepy European village. It’s shouldered up against the house next door, just down a short driveway and behind an old iron gate. Upon entering, it becomes immediately apparent just how small-scale this venture really is and the scarcity of the wines suddenly makes total sense. Luigi Baudana is one of the last of the old guard producers in Serralunga, Barolo. As Luigi and his wife Fiorina started slowing down, they began to look for a steward for both their vineyard sites (Baudana and Cerretta) as well as their existing wines. Giuseppe Vajra of G.D. Vajra was a natural choice, with an acute understanding towards preserving the soul of these great wines. Giuseppe is now the guardian of Luigi’s cumulative vision, but will also function as the catalyst to propel the vineyards forward, maintaining the highest standards of Barolo.
The label is a drawing done by Gianni Gallo, a celebrated Italian artist who was known for his work with wine bottle labels. The Dragon label was one of the last that he made, the Dragon meant to be a symbol of bravery. This wine is a blend of white varieties that have come together to represent the terroir of Piedmont, but still represent that Piedmont can do other varieties well.
Meyer-Fonne, Gentil Vin D'Alsace 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Blanc
This wine, delicious at any time of year, is sure to shine for summer time sipping. Meyer-Fonne wines are true expressions of Alsace; dry, racy and long on the finish. This blend of Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Riesling is bone-dry and bursting with fruit. A family business since its inception, Meyer-Fonne creates wines of genuine Alsatian character and brings almost mystical bouquets of white flowers and honey, It delivers a beautiful flavor profile that, frankly, is challenging to describe. Food pairings with this wine run the gamut of just about anything you can imagine serving with any white wine. From lighter meats and soft cheeses to game dishes and salads, this Gentil will be easy to pair, and difficult to outmatch.
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.
Mixtape White, Amplify Wines 2020Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Viognier
Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation of this growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.
The 2020 Mixtape White brings together Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Viognier. This vintage has a touch less sweetness than the previous. Mixtape is all about the winemaking and blending; half of the Chenin Blanc and all of the Riesling were fermented until dry. All of the fruit spent two hours on their skins to impart texture and more aromatics. It has substance and complexity. The fruit is organically farmed with no filtering or fining.
Nikolaihof, Riesling Vom Stein Federspiel 2017Regular price $43.00 Save $-43.00
A truly historic estate - dating back nearly 2000 years to the Roman empire - Nikolaihof is one of the oldest estates in Austria. The Saahs family took over the estate in 1894 and continue the traditions established by the Romans and monks farming before them. The property is biodynamically certified and operates as an independent, biodiverse farm, growing not only grapes, but also herbs, fruits, and flowers.
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.