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NEW ARRIVALS! - November 17th!

Legends in the Making - 94pt Spatlese!


Intense, incisive Mosel Riesling from a famous Family Estate!  2011 Fritz Haag


From the famous and beautiful Brauneberger vineyard!


"Whether 2011 will live up to the legendary 1911 and 1811 vintages is a question most producers are still asking themselves.  "The potential was there," believes Steffen Christmann, the president of the Verband Deutscher Pradikatsweinguter (VDP), the association of Germany's finest estates.  "Our grand crus look extremely promising, but let us wait a few years to see how they develop before making any brash statements."




One thing, though, is certain.  These are wines that most readers will love to drink, if not admire, over the next several years.  The more balanced acidities make the young rieslings less austere and more approachable, and easier to drink in their youth.  Further, the higher alcohols make them appear richer, sweeter and more akin to many New World offerings with which American consumers may be more familiar.  With the exception of the somewhat more consistent 2009 vintage, there have been few years in recent history with such a large selection of appealing wines.  And at their best they are beyond even the most critical reproach."






2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese



reg $39.99 / $29.99 SALE



Wine Advocate 94




Ripe white peach, Persian melon and papaya wreathed in bittersweet floral perfume mark the Haag 2011 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese as a multi-dimensional marriage of northerly and tropical fruits with floral, herbal and mineral complexities. Silken in texture and mingled with piquant, smoky, rich nut oils as well as a liquid floral perfume, this delivers a combination of levity with lusciousness, opulence and wafting elegance, and textural richness with tingling enervation, that are hard to beat; and an alliance with wet stone and saliva-drawing salinity serves to enhance a sense of depth, dynamic, and mouthwatering enticement to take the next sip. Look for at least two decades of delight.




“We started picking at the beginning of October,” relates Oliver Haag “because must weights were already high for Kabinett, but there was good acidity.” Haag pressed whole clusters rather than either crushing or permitting skin contact for his dry wines, and tended to favor a higher percentage of stainless steel for vinification and elevage because, as he puts it, “the material was all so ripe that I was worried it would come off as too opulent and voluminous.” Without question, he thereby puts his finger on a legitimate concern, and his own wines illustrate the truth that higher alcoholic volume and opulence – no matter what appears on the Riesling’s label – aren’t necessarily virtues, and in particular not in the context of this vintage. “To convey a sense of levity this year,” notes Haag, “was not so easy. Not that there was much botrytis out there,” he adds, though fortunately that fact did not deter him from rendering several spectacular ennobled wines in small volumes.




2011 Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc   


reg $34.99 / $29.99 SALE


ONLY $24.99 by the case




Blanc de Blancs (white from white) made from Chardonnay. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced, Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when then President Nixon served the wine at the historic “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China.


The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp. Small lots of malolactic- and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for about two years prior to disgorgement. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.



92 points / 2011 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast"Bracing and bright, this shows definite Chardonnay characteristics, such as a buttery, apple pie aroma and vivid crisp apple and lemon flavors. Nothing is overblown, though, so it retains finesse. This will be great as an apéritif and even better with seafood after sitting down at the table ." (December 2014)



92 points / 2011 Blanc de Blancs - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines "A bit of fresh, green apple fruit underlies true-to-type Blanc de Blancs elements of minerals and chalk in the delicate, lightly yeasty aromas of this lively young sparkler, and the wine delivers as promised in the mouth with sleek and fairly elegant flavors that show an extra measure of richness. It is long on aggressive, pinpointy bubbles and finishes briskly with a lift of palate-cleansing acidity, and it will do double duty as a whistle-wetting aperitif or a refreshing companion to oysters and sundry shellfish recipes." (Novemeber 2014)







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