Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer

  • Here is John Gilman's review: "Last, but certainly not least, we arrive at the sole Auslese in the Zilliken cellars this year. This is a beautiful, beautiful wine, with almost no influence of botrytis to be found on either the nose or palate. The brilliantly refined nose offers up a magical mélange of pineapple, tangerine, wild yeasts, kaleidoscopic minerality, bee pollen and lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is very pure, fullish and blazing on the attack, with brilliant depth, superb intensity of flavor, snappy acids, laser-like focus and utterly stunning length and grip on the gem-like and endless finish. The energy that is wrapped up inside this wine is enormous, but it never strays from its very pure and precise beam on the palate. This may well be the greatest young, non-botrytized Auslese I have ever tasted! (drink 2020-2075)" 97 points In stock.
  • Here is John Gilman's review: "The 2011 Rausch Diabas is another absolutely monumental wine in the making this year. This is the Feinherb version of Grosses Gewächs, if you like, and this style has really excelled in the 2011 vintage. The stunning nose soars from the glass in a blaze of tart orange, fresh pineapple, crystalline minerality, wild yeasts, lemon grass, a touch of incipient saltiness and an overtly smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, pure and magically complex, with a superb core of fruit, laser-like focus and simply stunning length and grip on the brilliant finish. I did not write down what the residual sugar was on this wine, but it comes across as just slightly off-dry in style. The inner sense of elegance and grace in this very intensely flavored wine is almost humbling! A simply stunning young wine. (drink 2017-2040)" 95 points In stock.
  • Here is Gilman's review: "The Estate Riesling Spätlese Trocken is an absolutely superb wine in 2012 and happily, this wine will be bottled up under natural cork. The bouquet is a vibrant and complex blend of lime, grapefruit, a gorgeous base of slate, petrol and wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and elegant, with a great core of fruit, excellent cut and focus and a very, very long, intense and nascently complex finish. The wine’s alcohol this year is 12.5 percent, which makes it rock solid at the core and yet still very light on its feet. Great juice. 2013-2030+. 93." In stock.
  • Here is the Mosel Fine Wine review: Technical stats: residual sugar 149.4 g/l, alcohol 7%, acidity 12.1 g/l, Öchsle 130° $79 "Harvested without any botrytis at 125 oechse on October 28, this lives from rich yet clean fruits including apricot, dried mango, passion fruit, as well as a touch of smoke. The wine is dynamic and full of energy on the palate but also still quite sweet at this stage. Luckily, some deliciously acidulous scents come into play in the pure, clean, and very long finish. This is a great Eiswein in the making 2017-2032" 95 points" In stock.
  • Here is John Gilman's review: ""The 2013 Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese is a lovely wine that will drink with great style and purity right out of the blocks. The bouquet is a fine blend of white cherries, pear, wild yeasts, a touch of petrol, white flowers, a nice dollop of lime zest, incipient notes of mossiness and a beautiful base of slate. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and complex, with a fairly broad-shouldered profile this year, lovely focus and balance, excellent mid-palate depth and a long, bouncy and succulent finish. A very, very charming bottle of Spätlese. 2014-2035+. 92. " In stock.
  • Here is John Gilman's review: " According to Cellar Master Phillip Veser, the regular Auslese from the Niederberg Helden included only a tiny percentage of botrytized grapes, as the vast, vast majority of this blend came from beautiful golden berries, untouched by noble rot. The resulting wine is hauntingly brilliant and one of the finest wines I had a chance to taste from 2013, as it soars from the glass in a deep, pure and utterly electric bouquet of lime, white cherries, bee pollen, incipient notes of mossiness, slate and a potpourri of citrus blossoms in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and very racy, with a great core, superb focus and grip, seamless balance and a very long, dancing and endless finish. Brilliant juice. 2017-2075. 97. " In stock
  • Here is John Gilman's review: "The extremely low yields of 2013 in the Niederberg Helden have produced some of the most ethereal and stunning young wines from this vineyard that I can recall tasting. The 2013 Spätlese is a beautiful wine, wafting from the glass in an extremely elegant mix of pear, bee pollen, white cherries, orange zest, spring flowers, lovely notes of slate and a whisper of lilacs in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and very filigreed this year, with lovely purity and balance, a fine core, zesty acids and laser-like focus on the long and dancing finish. Just a stunningly refined expression of the Niederberg Helden! 2014-2040. 94." In stock.
  • Here is John Gilman's review: "The 2014 Juffer Kabinett was only bottled the day before my visit and was still wide open and showing all of its charms, as it jumps from the glass in a very refined mix of lime, Granny Smith apple, a touch of mossiness, wild yeasts, bee pollen and a lovely base of slate. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, focused and very suave on the attack, with a good core, again, lovely filigree and a long, complex and utterly seamless finish. A really classy bottle of Kabinett. 2017-2035+. 92." October '15 arrival.