Merkelbach: The Truchot of the Mosel 4-16-24

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“Should we all buy more Merkelbach? Yes, of course!” – Mosel Fine Wines
 
We adore the wines of Weingut Alfred Merkelbach, irrationally and perhaps more than any other grower in the Mosel. They set the curve for the term “old-school,” having made their wines in similar style for almost 70 years. These wines capture the delicacy and etherealness of Riesling like few other wines we’ve tried. Terry Theise, when importing the wines for Skurnik, described their wines as “like VAPING Mosel Riesling.”
 
The estate is owned by two brothers, Alfred and Rolf. With no descendants to hand off the estate to, they quietly continued their work following decades of experience, practice and dedication to traditional methods of winemaking.
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Racines 4-15-24

Top Burgundy & Champagne Winemakers Team Up in California
 
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When one of the preeminent names in Burgundy, Étienne de Montille of Domaine de Montille, sought out land on the West Coast of America to craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a Burgundian sensibility, it was only natural that he focused on the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. (It’s a region that seems to pull at French hearts, as it did with the late Philippe Cambie and his joint project with Adam Lee of Siduri, named Beau Marchais.)
 
And draw more Frenchmen, it did. Étienne shared the news with his friend Rodolphe Péters of Champagne’s top-class grower estate, Pierre Péters, who quickly signed on and became the sparkling wine consultant for the project.
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New Envinate Bottlings up to 10% Off!



 

5% off any 6-11 in-stock Envinate wines
10% off any 12 or more in-stock Envinate wines
Sale ends Wednesday April 17th at 9AM PST

 
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Four new exciting Envinate bottlings have hit our shelves! These wines will immediately be available for purchase at a 5% or 10% discount for half and full case purchases. The 2022 Palo Blanco is particularly exciting, having received 98 points from Wine Advocate upon review. I can tell you from personal experience that this bottling is very compelling, with exotic aromas of smoky candied lemon and delicate flowers that frame fine-boned acidity. A perfect white to open as the sun lingers longer and longer in the Spring.

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Prinz: Royally Delicious Riesling 4-13-24

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Fred Prinz originally started Weingut Prinz as a “garagiste” or hobbiest winemaker operation in 1991. The critics quickly became enamored, and an invitation to join the legendary VDP consortium followed in 2005. Their estate vineyards are farmed organically, with a house style that aims for “minerality, elegance, finesse and ageing ability” that expresses terroir.
 
With high-elevation holdings in the Rheingau, the winery produces a full range of Riesling’s including the ultra-rare Eiswein. Eiswein is among the hardest wines to make on the entire planet, and is becoming rarer as climate change advances. This is on account of the time the Riesling grapes must spend on the vine as decreed by German law. There’s an endless list of things that could go wrong for the selected clusters during this time.
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