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January 29, 2015
SPECTACULAR SPÄTLESE SHOWCASE

Dollar for dollar, German Rieslings are still one of the most under-priced genres in all of wine-dom, and we still have a pretty sensational collection from back-to-back exceptional vintages (2012 & 2013) that need a home. If you truly love Riesling, ask yourself this question: When are you going to have sequential vintages of this caliber, with a merchant as dedicated to Germans as we are, put together a selection like this at Winex prices? This is a stellar lineup for now, and many years to come.

The Wine Advocate's new German reviewer Stephan Reinhardt wrote, "the 2013 Riesling vintage is probably one of the most fascinating vintages of the past two decades." As for the 2012 vintage, Joel B. Payne of International Wine Cellar explained it has "produced some truly sublime wines at the kabinett and, in particular, the spätlese level, with these beautifully dancing and delicately sweet wines probably the heart and the soul of vintage 2012."

We're all about the Spätlesen today, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with this category, the term Spätlese means "late harvest." This is the second tier in the Prädikatswein category of the German wine classification, which is a level riper than Kabinett. They can be sweet, dry, or in-between as the 'ripeness' level indicated on the wine (kabinett, spatlese, etc.) refers to the wine's harvest sugars, not the finished residuals. Also, top Spätlesen can go for decades, changing to show a bit more dryness and more pronounced minerality, but the beauty of these wines can already be seen now. As for dedicated fans of Riesling, you already know all of this.

In addition the these fantastic '13s and '12s, we've also included some particular favorites of ours that where purchased well after the fact, the 2010 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spatlese and the 2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese, as a last call. We still have a small chunk of these, but we don't think they're be here for long with their respective accolades. These are gorgeous examples of what great Riesling does with a little time in the bottle and you don't have to wait (though you could).

ST URBANS HOF 2013 RIESLING SPATLESE OCKFENER BOCKSTEIN MOSEL
score: WS 92

add to cart $31.99   add a case $383.88

Kim Marcus writes in Wine Spectator: "There's a crisp edge to the fennel, green apple and mineral flavors, supported by concentrated acidity. Features lemon drop notes midpalate, with a laserlike focus to the marmalade accents on the finish. Drink now through 2042. 200 cases made." read more
SCHAFER FROHLICH 2013 RIESLING SPATLESE BOCKENAUER FELSENECK NAHE
score: WA 93+

add to cart $34.99   add a case $419.88

Stephan Reinhardt writes in The Wine Advocate: "The bright yellow, greenish shimmering 2013 Felseneck Riesling Spätlese opens as a serious wine with cool, fresh, spicy/smoky slate, quartzite and herbal aromas on the nose that indicate a deep and mineral as well as full-bodied and complex Riesling. The palate is impressively juicy and pure at the same time and the finish piquant and salty. Still young this Spätlese just suggests its true class and complexity ... read more

VON SCHUBERT MAXIMIN GRUNHAUSER 2012 RIESLING SPATLESE ABTSBERG MOSEL
score: IWC 92
WS 91

add to cart $35.99   add a case $431.88

Joel B. Payne writes in International Wine Cellar: "White peach, hyacinth and a touch of clove on the nose. Subtly sweet papaya fruit and a hint of lime on the palate; shows a creamy quality that's held in check by restrained minerality. Seductive and penetratingly spicy on the finish. One of the finest spätleses of the vintage."

Kim Marcus writes in W... read more
DR LOOSEN 2012 RIESLING SPATLESE ERDENER TREPPCHEN MOSEL
score: WS 90

add to cart $25.99   add a case $311.88

Kim Marcus writes in Wine Spectator: "Taut, with some minty and herbal notes to the broad ripe apple, pear and dried citrus flavors. Heady lavender and tangerine hints stretch out on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made." read more
JJ CHRISTOFFEL 2012 RIESLING SPATLESE ERDENER TREPPCHEN MOSEL
score: WS 90

add to cart $23.99   add a case $287.88

Kim Marcus writes in Wine Spectator: "A supple and seductive sweetie, with peach cobbler, cream and glazed apricot flavors. Red currant and ripe melon notes appear midpalate, leading to a spicy finish. Drink now through 2030."

We are still fans of the 2012 Germans and are just touching on some of them now as we took down a lot of them at once.  Christoffel’s wines are made by the talented Robert Eymael, who also has his own ... read more

MEULENHOF 2012 RIESLING SPATLESE ALTE REBEN ERDENER TREPPCHEN MOSEL
score: WS 93
IWC 90

add to cart $24.99   add a case $299.88

Kim Marcus writes in Wine Spectator: "Starts off with concentrated minerality before opening up to a lattice structure of succulent peach, apricot and white melon flavors. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg fill the creamy and well-honeyed finish. An elegant version, juicy and rich. Drink now through 2040. 750 cases made."

Joel B. Payne writes in International Wine Cellar: "Nectarine, passion f... read more
LAST CALL
SCHAFER FROHLICH 2010 RIESLING SPATLESE BOCKENAUER FELSENECK NAHE
score: WS 94
IWC 93
WA 91

add to cart $32.99   add a case $395.88

Kim Marcus writes in Wine Spectator: "Rich, vibrant and powerful, this features intense crunchy apple flavors that are suffused with mineral and slate elements. The long finish is filled with jellied citrus and spice pear accents, with some notes of mint. Drink now through 2040."

Joel B. Payne writes in International Wine Cellar: "Pure bouquet of honeydew melon, magnolia and sweet lime. The velvety sweet p... read more

REINHOLD HAART 2007 RIESLING SPATLESE PIESPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN MOSEL "EL"
score: WS 94
IWC 92+
WA 92

add to cart $29.99   add a case $359.88

Bruce Sanderson writes in Wine Spectator: "Floral and slate aromas and flavors are accented by lime and peach in this delicate yet concentrated Riesling. The balance is impeccable. Finishes with a juicy aftertaste of lime and mineral. A terrific expression of place. Drink now through 2026. 100 cases imported."

Joel B. Payne writes in International Wine Cellar: "Yeasty aromas of fresh appl... read more
 

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