Nahe, Rheinhessen, Franconia, and the Pfalz

  • YUUMMMMOOO. "Generous aromas of muskmelon, mango and cling peach. The creamy papaya flavor maintains delicacy on the palate due to the vibrant freshness of this Riesling's spice element. With spicy, uplifting minerality on an enchantingly long finish, this is a superb Spätlese." 93 points Joel Payne
  • Here is John Gilman's review: "The Schiefergestein bottling all comes from the grand cru of Felseneck, but from the less steep sections and the wine is picked earlier than for the Grosses Gewächs. As Tim Fröhlich commented, “we like to pick the fruit for this bottling just as the leaves are turning from green to yellow and a few are just starting to fall, as this moment gives the resulting wine a nice mineral kick.” The 2013 is excellent, delivering a deep and vibrant nose of grapefruit, a touch of gooseberry, almost flinty soil tones, wild yeasts, a bit of currant leaf and a very smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very pure and precise on the attack, with a lovely core, impressive complexity, bright acids and excellent length and grip on the zesty finish. This will be accessible early and offer up lovely drinking, but there is also plenty of structure to carry it far into the future. Another bargain. 2014-2040. 92." In stock.
  • Here is John Gilman's review: "As readers will recall, the Vulkangestein Trocken bottling hails from selected volcanic soils in the estate’s grand cru vineyards of Felsenberg and Stromberg, with the vines all forty year-old vines. The 2013 Vulkangestein is going to be a terrific bargain, as the wine is excellent, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of tart orange, grapefruit, wild yeasts, petrol, lovely minerality, smoke and a touch of fleur de sel. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full and very intensely flavored, with a lovely core, bright acids and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex finish. A wonderful estate bottling this year from Tim Fröhlich! 2014-2040. 91+. " In stock.  
  • Again, the quality/price superstar kicks butt yet again. In stock.
  • "From another cooler, east-facing vineyard close to the forest, the 2014 Deidesheimer Langenmorgen Riesling Trocken GC shows a really clear and coolish, but deep and intense bouquet with mineral flavors and cristallinity from the sandstone soils -- which you can also find in the Grands Crus from Antoine Kreydenweiss. Full-bodied, pure and elegant on the palate, this is an almost ascetic Riesling; it is really fresh and piquant, with no flesh around the bones at this stadium but a lot of soul, salt and a fine, racy acidity. The finish is long and cool, and again as this is also a Grand Cru like the Gaisböhl, it seems to be leaner and purer than the Premier Crus of this domaine. Probably another year of bottle maturation (at least) would help. Today this wine is very closed, but fascinating in its purity and salinity." 93+ Stephan Reinhardt
  • Again, their villages level wines offer silllly good value. ""Very clear and open, with lovely ripe peach and some flinty aromas on the nose starts the 2014 Deidesheimer Riesling trocken -- announcing a more accessible wine compared to the Wachenheimer. The coolish/warm character of the nose is reflected on the palate, which is medium to full-bodied, very intense, concentrated and very expressive in the piquant and juicy finish. The wine is pure and powerful, very aromatic but not fat or big at all. It's simply sexy in its piquant and racy richness. " 91 points Stephan Reinhardt
  • A monopole holding for Búrklin.... "The 2014 Ruppertsberger Gaisbohl Riesling Trocken GC shows deep, intense and lemon-scented fruit with good ripeness, concentration and some spicy, stony flavors. Full-bodied, very intense and concentrated on the palate, this is juicy and aromatic, very elegant and finesse-full Riesling; it has a vivacious acidity and a lovely stringent finish with some grippy phenols that will give this wine a great future. The vineyard is very warm and gives very opulent wines, but in this case, this is not overdone but stunningly cool. " 92 points Stephan Reinhardt
  • "The 2014 Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Riesling Trocken PC is clear and intense on the nose, offering cat mint, lemon zest and some dusty flavors; but it would surely benefit from more aeration. Full-bodied and fresh on the palate, this is a powerful, fruit-intense, elegant wine with good tannin structure and fruit concentration, but needs some years to get the balance right. " 90+ points Stephan Reinhardt
  • From a 1.59 hectare parcel ""The 2014 Wachenheimer Goldbächel Riesling Trocken PC is very clear, pure and subtly intense in its lemony fruit, which reminds me of a dash of lemon juice on herbs grown on warm, flinty sandstone soil. Full-bodied, round and elegant, with a delicate and ripe acidity, this is a very elegant, powerful and juicy wine. There is a lingering fruit intensity and power, but also stimulating purity and salinity from the sandstone soils. The wine reveals a lovely grip in the finish and displays mango flavors in the aftertaste." 92 points Stephan Reinhardt
  • From younger vines ages young-35 years from the flatter base of the gently sloped Centrgrafenberg. A perfectly tasty albeit somewhat foursquare tannic Pinot Noir, with evident purity. A solid intro to the house, and a damn tasty everyday Bourgogne rouge level candidate.