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  1. Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese *** Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Grune Kapsel 2016
    WA99
    $89.98
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    99 Points! From over 100-year-old vines and fermented in an eight-year-old 2,000-liter Stockinger vat and 15% in small oak barrels, the 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Green Capsule) offers a deep and concentrated, terribly fresh and oaky nose. Round and lush on the palate, this is a very elegant, intense and refined Sonnenuhr with super lush fruit, very fine tannins and ripe acidity. Molitor is extremely proud of all his Sonnenuhr bottlings, but they demand a much longer period of bottle aging. The richness (which is still elegant and fine) and the oak flavors (which are discreet but present) will surely integrate, so the wine has huge potential. Bottled in September 2017; tasted March 2018. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
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  2. Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese ** Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Goldkapsel 2016
    WA97
    $49.98
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    97 Points! Molitor and Mosel fans shouldn't miss the chance to buy at least a case of the 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** (Golden Capsule)—one of the five different Auslesen Markus Molitor selected in his most important grand cru. The sweet two-starred Auslese comes from the Schiesswingert and the Fliegenberg. It opens with a deep, clear, very fine and complex bouquet of perfectly ripe Riesling berries with very fine botrytis flavors and refreshing flinty notes from the fine slate of the Sonnenuhr. Lush and generous on the palate, with a perfectly ripe and concentrated Riesling fruit, very fine minerals and crunchy slate flavors, this is an exciting Auslese of great finesse and elegance. The finish is delicate but tensioned thanks to the crunchy-salty slate sensation that gives structure as well as finesse and energy. Bottled in September 2017; tasted March 2018.- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
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  3. Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese ** Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Weisse Kapsel 2016
    WA98
    $49.98
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    98 Points! The 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** (White Capsule) is a different style of Mosel Riesling compared to the other 2016 Auslesen. Fermented in different oak vats, from barrique size to 3,000-liter vats (including one big Stockinger vat that was new), this is clear, ripe and complex on the nose, with toasty as well as smoky-mineral notes framing the perfectly ripe and elegant stone fruit aromas. Full-bodied, round and complex, with gorgeous sweetness and mind-blowing silkiness and balance, this is a rich yet fine, elegant, highly complex and persistent Auslese from Markus's most important single vineyard. The 2016 is concentrated yet very clear and elegant, revealing very fine tannins and a very long, complex finish. It already drinks with great wonder, and this wine will even gain more complexity though it's already hard to resist. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  4. Drautz Able Sauvignon Blanc Auslese Edelsuss 2015 375ml Half Bottle
    WA90
    $21.98
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    90+ Points! Based on fully ripe but healthy grapes from the Heilbronner Stiftsberg, Markus Drautz's 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Auslese Edelsüss opens with a clear but still reductive bouquet with clear fruit on the nose. Dense, sweet and piquant on the elegant palate and provided with good acidity, purity and grip, this is a very delicate but promising (and still yeasty) Auslese that drinks very well already but should be kept for a couple of years. 9.5% alcohol. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  5. Gryphon Crest Pinot Noir Baden 2015
    WE90
    $12.98
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    90 Points!  Intense black plum and cherry perfume juxtapose savory tones of smoked nuts and wet earth in this fresh and fruity yet composed wine. Plump black fruit flavors are broad and rich but framed by brisk acidity and a trace of mineral complexity. A fantastic introduction to German Pinot that's surprisingly easy on the wallet. - Wine Enthusiast
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  6. Hans Wirsching Riesling Trocken Iphofer Kronsberg 2016 (In Store Only)
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    Due to the unique shape of the Franconian bocksbeutel this delicious item is a local will call/pick up only...
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  7. Pfeffingen Gewurztraminer Trocken Ungstein 2016
    Special Price $19.98 Regular Price $30.00
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  8. St Nikolaus Hospital Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015
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    The St Nikolaus Hospital Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015 is a more centered wine that shows a more direct, pronounced element of peach and pear, with a little hint of apricot possibly as a result of a greater must weight (this is the one that is the .5% higher in alcohol), but not necessarily.  The sweetness level seems slightly more overt out of the gate and the palate is more concise.
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  9. Karp Schreiber Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015
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    The Karp Schreiber Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015 shows a more delicate, filigreed profile, with whiffs of slatey minerality to the peach and pear fruit, a livelier, more active mid-palate and an airier finish of spice and slate.  It is a bit higher pitched on the palate with a more evident mineral element.
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  10. Carl Loewen Riesling Laurentiuslay Spatlese 2016
    JS96
    $24.98
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    96 Points! A mind-blowing wine for this category that has enormous brilliance and succulence, but also a great mineral freshness that literally takes your breath away. How can you resist it now? Who is willing to wait 10, 20, 30 years for this? - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  11. J. J. Prum Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2016
    VM93
    $31.98
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    93 Points!  Cheesy fermentative overtones give way to a site-typical amalgam of fresh apple garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope. This is another of those Prüm Kabinetts that is watery in a positive sense of that word, combining watercolor-like transparency and wash of flavor with delicacy and refreshment. As with the corresponding Graacher, the finishing sense of wet stone and floral perfume is striking, and here a mouthwatering hint of salinity adds significantly to the appeal.
     
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  12. Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese GKA #09 2016 375ml
    WS94
    VM93
    $37.98
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    93 Points!  This represents a botrytis selection accomplished a day or two ahead of picking what remained in the same parcel for the “regular” Auslese A.P. #6. Subtle, nobly fungal notes on the nose unmistakably signal botrytis. Arrayed with those are heady aromas of mango, pear s, quince preserves and candied grapefruit peel. The palate is delicate and creamy, crammed with confitured and confectionary fruit, leading to a lusciously lingering, unctuously clinging finish that manages somehow to let through some stony and smoky hints. (375 ml.) - David Schildknecht, Vinous Media
     
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  13. Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett 2016
    JS91
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    $24.98
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    92 Points!  A faintly cheesy fermentative overlay lifts with aeration to reveal ripe apple, honeydew and quince. Buoyant, silken-textured and generously, lusciously fruity, the palate features a judicious measure of entirely supportive sweetness and an influx of fresh grapefruit and lime that lend delightful animation and eventual refreshment. A hint of almond paste on the finish reinforces the sense of ripe melon and northern orchard fruits, but the wine’s citricity and undertone of wet stone never let up. This clings both soothingly and stimulatingly – an impeccable example of its genre (and one that entirely eclipses its rather inexplicably weak vintage 2015 predecessor). Calling it “super clean and clear,” Oliver Haag predicted that this Kabinett will be a fine ager, and I concur on all counts, other than the need for the nose to shed its slight funk, which will happen within a couple of years.  - David Schildknecht, Vinous Media
     
     
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  14. Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese Oberhauser Brucke Nahe 2016
    JS95
    $42.98
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    95 Points!  Super-cool and super-racy, this Spätlese has electric freshness and dangerously intense minerality, the complex aromas ranging from lemon zest to pineapple just beginning to open up. Better from 2018 and decades of ageing potential here. - JamesSuckling.com
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  15. Donnhoff Estate Riesling Feinherb Nahe 2016
    WA90
    $19.98
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    90 Points!  Dönnhoff's flinty 2016 Nahe Riesling (Estate) is perfectly round, piquant and fruity, a light Riesling from volcanic soils in the Oberhausen's southeast-facing vineyards Kieselberg and Felsenberg. Elegantly piquant and salty. A gorgeous wine for a sensational price. Too good to be true. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate #235
     
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  16. Keller Riesling RR 2016
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    $58.98
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    94 Points!  This “Kalkstein Reserve” or “Kirchspiel Reserve” – take your pick – reflects a share of wine from Kirchspiel that finished not quite legally trocken and corresponds with the wine formerly known simply as “Riesling RR.” Its 11 grams of sugar surely play a role in what comes off as an explosively fruity albeit dry-tasting performance loaded with succulent white peach, tart-edged, seedy kiwi and crisp apple. The upshot is a silken-textured, infectiously juicy, startlingly tingling and consummately refreshing Riesling. A combination of mint and chalk suffusion lends the long, vibrant finish a delightfully cooling cast. “You ferment spontaneously, and I don’t get a bellyache over whether you end up being trocken, halbtrocken or with 30 grams of sugar. Do whatever you think right!” quipped Keller, imagining that he was addressing the newly pressed must. He didn’t let me back him into a corner over the question of why his must from the especially iron-rich portion of Kirchspiel in question so often finishes halbtrocken, a condition that seems to perfectly complement the cool, chalky Kirchspiel traits that in the realm of legal dryness can sometimes become austere. But he did offer this further comment with a grin: “You could never do this with Morstein” - by which I presume he means he would never let it happen!
     
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  17. Keller Riesling Limestone 2016
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    $27.98
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    92 Points!  Sourced from Kirchspiel and to a much lesser degree from Abtserde, this pungently lime- and bruised-apple-scented offering retains considerable CO2 that enhances a sense of vivacity engendered by crunchy fresh apple, juicy, pit-inflected white peach and zesty lime. The feel is firm and palpably dense, yet low alcohol guarantees buoyancy, while the chalk- and sage-tinged finish displays striking cut and clarity. This amazing ball of energy blows past any previous installment of Limestone that I can recall. 
     
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  18. Dr. Crusius Riesling Trocken Top of the Rock Nahe 2015
    WA91
    $26.98
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    91 Points!  Crusius's 2015 Riesling Top of The Rock is a negative selection of the grands crus Rotenfels and Felsenberg and a bit of the Traiser Bastei. It opens with a clear, deep and intense bouquet of flinty volcanic aromas along with ripe and concentrated Riesling-on-the-rocks flavors. The wine is full-bodied, round and piquant on the palate, really vital and structured by prickling minerals. It shows power and finesse and finishes with a long, stimulatingly salty aftertaste. I would recommend cellaring this excellent Riesling for another two or three years, but you can surely enjoy it over 10-15 years.  Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate #228, December 2016
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