A.J. Adam, Riesling Dhron Hofberg Spetlese 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.
Brand, Pet-Nat 2018Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder, Pinot Noir
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.
G.D. Vajra, Langhe Riesling Petracine 2018Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Wines of Aldo Vajra and family are long time favorites of the Hart & Cru. They make a plethora of well-known favorites like their playful Moscato D’Asti, the pleasurable Albe Barolo, and crowd-pleasing Langhe Rosso. What many may not know is that several moons ago, Aldo took it upon himself to cultivate the first Riesling of Piedmonte in the high elevation hillsides of Fossati and Bricco Bertone. Says Francesca Vajra, “my father has been the pioneer of Riesling in Piedmont. An intuition born in the late 1970s and put into effect in 1985. The story of Riesling narrates his passion and curiosity very well: extremely respectful of our land but open to the world. For my brothers and I it has been the opportunity to fall in love with Riesling and be surprised by our father being in love with his work." This loving quote from daughter Francesca displays the modesty and drive of the family, and the strength they have by supporting one another.
Julian Haart, Riesling 1000L, Mosel Germany 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Julian’s first vintage under his own label was in 2010 and people immediately took notice. Although none of the wine was released in the U.S., David Schildknecht, writing for Parker’s Wine Advocate at the time, penned the following: “Not many wine careers can have started off on a more superlative level than Haart’s, yet from my several conversations with him I am convinced that his perfectionism goes hand in
hand with rigorous self-criticism that should preclude success going to his head.”
For the record, since vintage 2010 the wines have only gotten better, and while few cases are released in the U.S. every year, Julian is earning a pretty serious following. And it hasn’t gone to his head – he’s still as cool as shit. It’s worth noting that there are few more serious winemakers. Even though Julian has made more than a few jaw-dropping wines, most of his tastings end with him telling you what he would have done differently, where he thinks he failed, how he could have done better. Schildknecht’s phrase about “rigorous self-criticism” begins to feel like a bit of an understatement.
The estate has grown to a little more than four hectares and this is, roughly, where Julian wants it to stay. Part of the joy of winemaking, for Julian, is doing everything, just he and his wife. This is vineyard work, and winemaking, at the most human scale. Nearly everything must be done by hand – most of the vineyards are steep as hell and most of them are terraced. Even walking through them is a bit hazardous.
Mixtape White, Amplify Wines 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer
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.
Peter Lauer, Riesling Barrel X, Mosel Germany 2017Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
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.
Weingut Brand, Trocken Riesling 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Under the Brand brothers’ guiding hands, Weingut follows organic growing practices in their vineyards, which include Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Blanc, among others, and equally stringent organic practices in the winery, where no sulfur is added to the wines. Breezy and cool, their vineyards are ideally suited for these grapes and the energetic brothers have crafted wines of elegance and downright joy. 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.