To all Best Winers,

Today? A trio of what could be the greatest German wine deals we’ve ever seen.

Willi Schaefer’s wines from the precipitously steep vineyards around the town of Graach are some of the greatest Rieslings produced in the world. No simpler way to see it. Willi and his son Christoph work their prime pieces of real estate in the Domprobst and Himmelreich vineyards with an almost religious fervor.  They are custodians of the prime pieces of two Mosel Grand Crus and, as such, have a serious responsibility to their land.

But Riesling, for all the seriously intense sweat and toil behind its production from the hillside vineyards of the Mosel, is incredibly fun! It’s extremely complex, joyful wine that is a treat to drink…and age…and there aren’t many (if any) better at producing wines that do both than the Schaefers.

So when we were given the chance to secure some tiny quantities of several of Willi’s top 2011 bottlings at seemingly absurd prices we bit, and bit hard.

There are two Spätlese wines and one Kabinett on today’s offer, all of them profoundly great wines.

First, we have a few cases of his Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett #3 (91+pts Wine Advocate). The #3 traditionally refers to what they call in Germany, the fuder, or barrel, the wine was stored in during aging. Occasionally, the vintner would be inclined to bottle several barrels spate each vintage as they are typically a unique and different snapshot of certain parts or different picking dates within the same vineyard. Nowadays, we believe the wine doesn’t have to come from one actual barrel but it certainly does require something special in character to be set apart, which this terrific Kabinett certainly does. Lightly fruity on entry, the wine ‘dries up’ near the back side of the palate when served with anything spicy and salty…

Then we come to his Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese #8 (91+pts Wine Advocate).  The Himmelreich wines from Willi were actually showing better early on than the Domprobst bottlings, with more evident focus and precision.  This is a gorgeous bottle of fruity Riesling, built to age for two decades but oh-so-dynamite now with a plate of Thai gra-pow or a trough of nam-kao-tod. For $20? You kidding me? Brilliant.

Last, but certainly not least, the big dog. Schaefer’s Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 (95pts Wine Advocate) is a limey, appley, salted apricot-y marvel.  Dripping with slate and citrus, that purple florality charging down the back of the palate, for $25 a bottle it is a splendiferous deal that we are truly stoked to offer.

We are offering these wines for a very limited time (because they will sell out) at about 50% off the going retails for these micro-production, current release Mosel hotshots, to our e-mail list customers only.  If you want some, get some!

BTW, Riesling is super-awesome and everyone should be drinking buckets of it…


Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com




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Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett #3 2011

Yeasty, cheesy and faintly reductive post-fermentative notes – a function, says Willi Schaefer, of this having been among those wines racked early into tank to remain until bottling – slightly obscures the aromas of flowers and fruit in Schaefer’s 2011 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett A.P. #3. “The yeastiness has been slowing going away,” he adds, “so we know this won’t be one of those (here rare!) problem children that’s still yeasty five years on.”...


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Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese #8 2011

Not only is there a yeasty, slightly cheesy veil over the nose of Schaefer’s 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese, there’s also a surprising whiff of petrol. Beyond that, vintage-typical effusively ripe apple and Persian melon are also wreathed in honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley for a buoyant, wafting palate impression that tingles with citrus zest, crystalline mineral impingement, and saliva-liberating salinity in a long, infectiously juicy finish. I’m keeping faith with this and am confident it will shed its fermentative aromatic residues over the short term.- David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate #206


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Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese #10 2011

“This is the classical Spatlese,” says Willi Schaefer by way of introducing his 2011 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese A.P. #10. A hint of yeastiness largely gives way to seductive scents of rowan and honeysuckle, strikingly mineral suggestions of salinity, alkalinity and wet stone, lightly-poached, vanilla-tinged apple and pear, as well as slightly sweet, pecan and pistachio-like nut oil. The layering of flavors here reminds me of a luscious, buttery, tangy...


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