Vinopolis Tuesday Newsletter 1-23-18

January Clearance Sale Ends Soon; New Arrivals Including Roulot, Deutz, Vilmart, Montrose, Conterno, Breuer, Schaefer and More!; New Vinous and Grapelive Reviews; Staff Picks-Crowley Edition; Maximin Grunhauser to the Max

January Clearance Sale

The 31st is fast approaching – stock up on these bargains while they last!Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque – Fleur de Champagne Brut Millesime, Champagne 2008 750ML ($149.95) $99 special
Decanter 93 points “Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque 2008 reminds me somewhat of the grace of the exceptional 1995, Cellarmaster Hervé Deschamps’ first solo vintage and still one of his best. Though the two vintages 13 years apart share the same grace and class, the 2008 is more mineral, reflecting a quite sunless summer season. Only the return of warmer weather at the start of September imbued the vintage with a freshness of great Chardonnay in tune with the subtly restrained power of Pinot Noir and a soupçon of rounded Meunier – that final little touch making the wine more pleasurable to drink soon, unlike other wines from the Champagne 2008 vintage, which need a lot more time. Chardonnay is from Cramant, Avize, and Mesnil, Pinot Noir from Ay and Ambonnay in the Montagne de Reims, and Pinot Meunier from Dizy. Shimmering pale gold with green lights, radiant clarity; persistent tiny bubbles: riot of white flowers scents, hawthorn, then more stone-fruit than citrus, reine claude (greengage) and elderflower. Vibrant mouthfeel, invigorating, expansive – perfect with saline fruits de mer.”

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Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Falletto’, Barolo DOCG 2005 750ML ($249.95) $169 special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2005 Barolo Falletto offers up a gorgeous bouquet of red cherries, flowers, spices and menthol. This is a relatively delicate, elegant Barolo Falletto yet it offers gorgeous balance, tons of inner perfume and a long, refined finish. It is one of the overachievers in 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”WA
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Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay Riesling, Mosel 2014 750ML ($59.95) Was $44, Now $39 special
Wine Advocate 94+ points “The 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Rotlay offers a superbly clear and concentrated bouquet with tropical fruit aromas (mango, pineapples) and fine botrytis. Picked with 110° Oechsle, this is a sweet, piquant, highly elegant and refined Riesling with a lingering purity and salinity, as well as the repetition of the tropical fruit aromas of the nose. With great finesse and concentration, this is quite noble and expressive Riesling.”
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Felsina Berardenga Rancia, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2012 750ML ($49.95) Was $39, Now $36 special
Antonio Galloni 94+ points “A ripe, powerful wine, the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia offers a level of finesse that balances some of the more overt intensity of the year. Dark cherry, plum, spice, tobacco, menthol and licorice add shades of nuance as this beautifully delineated Rancia opens up in the glass. Because of its mid-weight structure, I expect the 2012 will give up its charms relatively early by Rancia standards, which means around age 15-20. The 2012 is not an obvious or explosive Rancia, rather is a wine built on compelling overall harmony.”
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Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards, Rhone 2004 750ML ($199.95) Was $149, Now $119 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 94 points “Ruby-red. Very pungent, deep aromas of tobacco- and underbrush-laced red and blackcurrant. Powerful and rich, showing impressive sweetness to its potent cassis and blackberry flavors. Really stains the palate, finishing with exceptional purity and mineral tones. Whatever tannins are here (and you know there are plenty) are completely absorbed by the sheer fruit mass.”
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You can find even more of the January Clearance Sale wines at the end of the newsletter!

New Arrivals

France – Champagne

Deutz Brut Classic, Champagne NV 750ML ($49.95) $39 special
Deutz Brut Classic, Champagne NV 375ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “[Reviewed Nov 2017] This bright and stylish Champagne is tightly knit and satiny in texture, with hints of smoke and pastry cream underscoring the apricot, lemon curd and pickled ginger flavors. Ends with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases imported.”
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Vilmart & Cie ‘Cuvee Rubis’ Brut Rose, Champagne  NV 750ML ($89.95) $79 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “[Reviewed Fall 2017] This vivacious rosé sparkler is bright and creamy on the palate, showing a well-meshed mix, with rich nectarine, tea rose and blood orange sorbet flavors. A chalky undertow drives the sleek finish. Drink now through 2022.”
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The NV Brut Rosé Cuvée Rubis is absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, vibrant and pulsing with energy, the Rubis has much to offer. Cranberry, white pepper and chalk add to the wine’s tense, nervous personality. As always, the Rubis is a Champagne of precision and feminine grace. Disgorged: November 2016. Dosage is 10 grams per liter.”
France – Burgundy
Domaine Roulot Charmes, Meursault Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($999.95) $799 special
Burghound 93 points “Sweet spot Outstanding. Here too the admirably pure aromas are distinctly cool with its ripe nose of white peach and essence of pear that is trimmed in notes of subtle wood, spice and citrus zest. Once again there is fine volume to the solidly concentrated and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate complexity and persistence on the balanced finale. A classic Charmes.”Domaine Roulot Monthelie Rouge 2015 750ML ($99.95) $89 special
Domaine Roulot Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Importer note: Red wine grapes are fully destemmed. Vinification occurs in open top, wooden cuves over. The red wines are aged for 12-15 months in barrel, 15-18% of which is new. The Monthelie is from .36 hectare of vines planted in the late 1980s. The Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Rouge is from .73 hectare of vines that are 30-40 years old.

France – Bordeaux
Chateau Montrose, Saint-Estephe 2014 750ML ($179.95) $149 special
Antonio Galloni 97 points “The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don’t miss it!”
Wine Spectator 95 points “This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035”
Italy – Piedmont
Giacomo Conterno Cerretta Barbera d’Alba 2015 750ML ($69.95) $44 special
Antonio Galloni – Vinous 93-95 points “The 2015 Barbera d’Alba Cerretta is remarkably vivid and striking in its beauty. Dark red cherry, blueberry, violet and lavender infuse a rich, creamy Barbera built on silkiness, texture and nuance. Succulent and yet translucent, the 2015 is shaping up to be a real winner. The 2015 Cerretta is an immense wine with which to begin a walk around the many casks that line the walls at this hallowed winery in Monforte.”
Monica Larner – Wine Advocate 93 points “The beautiful 2015 Barbera d’Alba Cerretta shows ripe fruit and evident roundness. The Barbera grape likes a little extra heat and that’s exactly what it got during the very warm 2015 growing season. The wine shows an inky dark appearance with little light penetration. The aromas are characterized by fullness and seamless transitions that segue to black fruit, plum, spice, tar and smoky tobacco. This special wine explores the deep and unexpected inner workings of the Barbera grape, offering a surprising level of complexity and nuance along the way. Despite the hot vintage, it does not lack in refreshing acidity.”
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Giacomo Conterno Vigna Francia Barbera d’Alba 2015 750ML ($69.95) $55 special
Giacomo Conterno Vigna Francia Barbera d’Alba 2015 1.5L ($149.95) $119 special
Antonio Galloni – Vinous 93-95 points “The 2015 Barbera d’Alba Francia is distinguished by its streaks of mineral and savory underpinnings. Bright and focused to the core, as wines from Francia always are, the 2015 impresses for its length, persistence and finesse. I would have a hard time choosing between the 2015 Barberas. The Cerretta is perhaps a bit more ample and immediate, while the Francia has a dimension of salivating minerality that is its most distinctive signature.”
Monica Larner – Wine Advocate 94 points “Boasting immediate depth and dimension, the 2015 Barbera d’Alba Vigna Francia is a commanding and confident wine. Tasted from barrel, the wine’s color is dense and very dark. Youthful fruit tones of blackberry confit and black currant give the wine a solid aromatic foundation. That base creates an appropriate framework for ethereal notes of licorice, black olive, spice and campfire ash. It is very difficult to achieve this level of complexity with Barbera, but Roberto Conterno does so with flawless perfection. The mouthfeel is round and plump, but the opulence of the wine is also reined in by its lively acidity.”
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Italy – Alto Adige
Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, Trentino-Alto Adige 2016 750ML ($31.95) $28 special
VinopolNote: Sourced from the Fontanasanta lieu-dit with iron-rich soils of pink limestone. The wine is fermented in cement tank before being aged for 12 months in acacia casks.
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Von Winning Deidesheimer Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs, Pfalz 2016 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
“This is always the bomb of the GGs, the strongest and most voluminous. Roasted corn, popped sorghum with brown butter, broiled peaches and soft persimmon over a backdrop of a stone wall seething in the hot afternoon sun. Also, like happy dogs. My mind works oddly at times….”–Terry Theise
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Von Winning Ungeheuer Riesling Grosses Gewachs Trocken, Pfalz 2016 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
“Larger production equals lower price equals entry into this rarefied world, affordably. But first you have to pronounce it right. Sorry, it’s like the password. So, think oonga-hoyer. Got it? Repeat a few times until you nail it. OONGA-HOYER! OONGA-HOYER! The wines can sometimes seem a bit obtuse in their bone-brothy way, but this one has to be the most seductive GG in recorded history; firm and caramelly, shiitakes, goose fat, but all in a heaving jiggling orgy of hedonism and licentiousness. Want some? Sure you do. Oonga-hoyer roolz.”–Terry Theise
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Georg Breuer Rauenthal Estate Riesling Trocken, Rheingau 2015 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
David Schildknecht–Vinous 92 points “Scents of iris and gentian mingle with intimations of the fresh lemon and lime that then dominate on a bright, buoyant, silken-textured palate transparent to shimmeringly crystalline mineral nuances. At just 11.3 percent alcohol, the wine conveys delightful buoyancy perfectly suited to its prominent florality. It finishes with near-endless juiciness and persistent floral inhalations for an exhilarating and consummately refreshing performance.”
Mosel Fine Wines 91+ points “This develops a slightly backward but hugely impressive feel of pear, candied grapefruit, bergamot, minerals, and fine herbs. The wine is nicely elegant with great but not overpowering presence on the palate and leaves a ravishing feel of passion fruit, minerals and aniseed herbs in the long and pear-infused finish. This is a spectacular rendition of the Rauenthal Estate and one which will give more than a hint of the Grand Vin for of fraction of its costs. We would not be surprised if, in fine, it will even exceed our high expectations, especially if it develops aromatically: It is that impressive! 2020-2030”
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Georg Breuer Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling, Rheingau 2015 750ML ($99.95) $89 special
David Schildknecht–Vinous 94 points “The nose here boasts head-turning floral profusion to rival a Rauenthaler, with musky suggestions of narcissus as well as iris and buddleia. Scents and juicy profusion of fresh white peach, lemon and lime are accented by nut and fruit pit piquancy and a hint of resin from cask. The zesty side of citrus lends invigoration without turning bitter or disturbing this beauty’s sense of clarity, harmony and textural polish. Mouthwatering salinity and browned butter savor add to the allure of a vibrant finish that is loaded with intrigue but doesn’t neglect Riesling’s first duty to refresh.”
Mosel Fine Wines 93 points “The 2015er Schlossberg proves remarkably precise and elegant on the nose as pear, mirabelle, coconut, a hint of mango, smoke and sage emerge from the glass. It develops a slightly more exotic side driven by passion fruit and a hint of mango on the superbly focused and precise palate. The finish seems slightly on the ripe side but the long and multi-layered precision is simply remarkable. 2025-2035.”
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Weingut Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese #8, Mosel 2016 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
David Schildknecht – Vinous 93 points “From old vines in the so-called Pichter, this was harvested at marginally higher must weight and lower acidity than its A.P. #5 or A.P. #6 siblings. On the nose, ripe kiwi and strawberry are subtly tinged with ground ginger and garlanded in musky, bittersweet iris perfume. The palate is delicate and silky, subtly glyceral yet brimming with fresh fruit juiciness reinforced by a squirt of lime. The superbly sustained finish offers an energetic interaction of fruity, floral and stony nuances.”
Mosel Fine Wines 92+ points “The 2016er Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese AP08 was harvested at a light 81° Oechsle from parcels behind the village of Ürzig. This offers a gorgeous nose of ripe pear, cassis, raspberry and herbs. The wine is beautifully well balanced on the palate, with ripe acidity bringing focus to the delicately smooth and still slightly tart finish. The airy and gorgeous aromatics in the after-taste are simply irresistible. This is a textbook expression of a light fruity Mosel wine! There is clear upside here if the wine develops its fresh aromatic side. 2026-2041.”
Grapelive 92 points “ The wonderfully textured and classically pure 2016 Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese #8 is slimmer and lithe version of this historic vineyard with loads of spice, sweet fruit, mineral and smooth, but zesty acidity that makes for a lovely wine that feels incredibly well balanced and a bit drier than it is. This iron rich and red slate vineyard in the middle Mosel is a glorious site, one of the most unique terroirs in the world. It produces very sexy Riesling with surprising aromas of dark flowers, mixed spices, Asian tea, flinty/shale and exotic tropical essences, with the 2016 showing a slightly more subtle tone and earthy element adding complexity and [giving] focus to the sweetness. This sample of 2016 Merkelbach certainly impresses, and I must thank Terry Theise for pushing me in this wine’s direction. He’s been singing their praises in recent vintages. This is a winery on the rise and they offer solid quality for the money in a traditional styled wine. These are Rieslings that will age fantastically well. The palate is creamy with yellow peach, lemon/lime, green apple, apricot, pineapple and honeyed verbena as well as that liquid steely mineral and earthy spice edginess. Lingering jasmine, white lavender/rose, green melon flesh and tangerine add to the pleasure in this Spatlese, which is not overt or flamboyant like Loosen, Prum or even Christoffel versions, but with grace and charm in league with Schaefer and Selbach. Imported by Skurnik Wines and Terry Theise, Merkelbach’s 2016’s should be on your radar, especially this intriguing Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese #8. Drink from 2019 to 2034.”Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese #5, Mosel 2016 750ML ($54.95) $49 special
Mosel Fine Wines 93 points “This offers a gorgeous nose of slightly yellow fruits, ginger and earthy spices. The wine proves quite lively and nicely focused on the palate, with zesty acidity driving the aromatic profile. The wine is nicely elegant and well balanced in the focused and yellow peach infused finish. This is a gorgeous Spätlese in the making. 2026-2041”

Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2016 750ML ($44.95) $39 special
Mosel Fine Wines 91 points “This offers a deliciously ripe nose of melon, pear and citrusy fruits. The wine proves nicely ripe and juicy on the palate, with ripe acidity. The wine is beautifully balanced, with playful but ripe acidity providing the right balance to the overall structure of the wine. The finish is multi-layered and quite elegant in its complex expression of ripeness. 2026-2041”

Schloss Gobelsburg Steinsetz Gruner Veltliner Reserve Erste OTW Lage, Kamptal 2016 750ML ($37.95) $28 special
Terry Theise note: “It grows ever more gracious and complex as the vineyard ages; the old radishy-minty briskness is still present but now aligned to a new juiciness and starchy jasmine-rice flavors. This rippling flow of the ‘16s is almost poignantly lovely in the context of the peppery snap of a wine like this.”
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Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko – Athiri, Santorini 2016 750ML ($24.95) $19 special
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2016 Aa is the typical 75/25 blend of Assyrtiko and Athiri, unoaked and coming in at 13.5% alcohol. The Assyrtiko is pressed, while the Athiri is free run juice. Many would refer to this bottling as Sigalas’ second label because it’s less expensive. It’s also a blend rather than a monovarietal. As such, it never has quite the concentration of its big brother, also reviewed this issue. So, it’s sort of a second label, but it’s hard to overlook how fine it is in its own right. Even in years past, it often exceeded expectations and aged better than I thought it would. Increasingly, as time goes on, this blend shows better and better. Plus, it always has one important advantage over the more brooding monovarietal: the blend is livelier and more aromatic, no doubt thanks to the Athiri. This year it is right on track. Showing fine concentration for a blend and this level, it gradually opens up–it was shut pretty tight when I first saw it–and delivers the flavor and sprightly feel it does so well. I suspect more than a few wineries would be happy to have this as their top wine. I don’t have them side by side, to be sure, but this certainly seems like a worthy competitor to the 2015. At the moment, I would give the 2015 the slight nod, but when this finally unwinds, it may be a draw and this may be entitled to an uptick. Like so much of what Sigalas does, this might actually be better next spring. It should hold well, perhaps better than anticipated, but take that in stages.”
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New Reviews From

Grapelive and Antonio Galloni

Bow & Arrow Rhinestone Red, Willamette Valley 2016 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Grapelive 95 points “The brilliant and edgy Rhinestones (a Loire Valley inspired Pinot Noir and Gamay blend from Bow & Arrow Wines) is one of the best Oregon wines that is under the radar. In fact it is one of the best new world wines for the money period! Scott Frank is killing it with his latest releases at Portland’s Bow & Arrow Wines, especially [with] this Touraine style Rhinestones cuvee that comes from the all-organic/biodynamic vines and the marine sedimentary soils at Johan Vineyards in the Van Duzer Corridor of the Willamette Valley. This wine has so much going on and [is] beautifully detailed. In Burgundy you have the earthy/feral Gamay and Pinot Noir blend, called Passetoutgrain, [that,] while interesting, it never seems to be taken too seriously. Here, though, Frank reaches for the Loire for inspiration and the natural winemaking hot-bed there to craft his Rhinestones, a wine that I’ve always loved. This 2016 looks to be the best yet. It’s outrageously seductive and pretty with a stemmy/racy vitality and gorgeous purity, heightened by an exotic perfume and extraordinary length. Whole cluster and native ferment, the Rhinestones is an intriguing play between ripe fruitiness and savvy savoriness with a tangy, but juicy/generous Gamay palate and graceful Pinot Noir structure. It is nicely brisk and great slightly chilled, [and] it fills out in the mouth with a medium body and a heavenly texture featuring black cherry, plum, mulberry and currant fruits along with sweet liquid roses, hints of lilac and walnut as well as dried basil, peppery spices, mineral, chalk, anise and cinnamon. The stems add grip and tension to this absolutely fantastic wine. Judged on its own merits this stuff rocks and is truly profound. Bow & Arrow’s Gamay stand alone is pretty damn good, but this wine is on another level, it made me say the F-word followed by YEAH! The 2016 Rhinestones is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay. It’s a runaway success of sensual sensations and vibrancy. Bow & Arrow has just blown away all the doors, removes all prejudice about blending Pinot Noir and shows Gamay to be a great partner of remarkable character. Do not miss this wine. This is one of America’s new wine geek(y) treasures, unique and with its own personality that will appeal in particular to those with a wilder mind. This latest Rhinestones is sensational.”Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Red, Contra Costa County 2016 750ML ($41.95) $34.90 special, 21 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 93 points
“Another standout, the 2016 Evangelho Heritage Wine is wonderfully fragrant and lifted. Medium in body, gracious and super-expressive, the Evangelho is pure class. All the elements simply come together in this super-expressive Zinfandel-based wine. The combination of sandy soils and unique field blend of approximately 60% Zinfandel, 35% Mataro and 5% mixed blacks results in a wine of compelling beauty and pedigree. Evangelho is now a true estate vineyard owned by Bedrock”

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Bedrock Wine Co. ‘The Bedrock Heritage’, Sonoma Valley 2016 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 23 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 95 points
“The 2016 Bedrock Heritage Wine is powerful, dense and explosive. Swaths of dark, deep fruit flesh out as this ample wine shows off its beguiling personality. Earthy and savory notes add aromatic nuance. As good as the 2016 is today – and it is terrific – it is also very backward and much less overt than other vintages have been. Readers will have to be patient. The Bedrock is a field blend of 27 different grapes based on 50% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane and 4% Mataro, plus dollops of everything else. This compelling Heritage Wine will find its greatest admirers among readers who enjoy old-school, structured wines.”
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Staff Pick: New Crowley Releases

Josh Raynolds has given every Crowley wine he has reviewed a minimum of 90 points and PDX Monthly has featured them in their top 50 Oregon wines to drink now. The locals all seem to be tuned into how great these wines are– and they are indeed worth the buzz! Winemaker Tyson Crowley takes a Burgundian approach with an emphasis on terroir and minimal intervention. He selects his Pinot grapes to cultivate high acidity. The end result on the Entre Nous 2015 Pinot Noir is a very long but elegant finish, an excellent structure that holds together an even-handed fruit. This is an approachable wine that drinks great now but could also lay down for several years. This wine is much more serious than its pricetag suggests.Crowley Entre Nous Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015 750ML ($34.95) $28 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Josh Raynolds 90 points
“(made with no new oak) Bright red. A lively bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, candied rose and spicecake, backed by a hint of dusty minerals. Silky and appealingly sweet, offering pliant red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of bitter cherry and licorice. Spicy and focused on the clinging, gently tannic finish, which leaves notes of white pepper and floral pastilles behind.”

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The Willamette Valley 2016 Chardonnay is another winner whose strength is in its even-handedness; medium stone fruit and citrus, medium body, medium acid, neutral oak and just enough zip. This is a crowd pleaser that could easily find its way into any dinner party. Don’t pass these wines up. I have a feeling they’re going to fly off the shelf.Crowley Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Always a beautiful wine in its youth, this is actually all Four Winds fruit of barrels declassified from the single vineyard. This year the blend is four barrels of Dijon clone and 9 of Wente with a mix of new, one year old and much older oak. Bottled in December, this is showing very well at the moment with air. The signature note of dried ginger and spice shows beneath a restrained note of citrus and orchard fruit and a creamy texture. Balanced, elegant, and a bargain.

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Maximin GrunhauserA Wine & Spirits Top Mosel Estate

“This is C. von Schubert’s 12th appearance as a Top 100 Winery, its wines again proving the special character of its land alongside the Ruwer River.” – Wine & Spirits MagazineMaximin Grünhaus has been the standard bearer in the Ruwer valley for a cool 135+ years.  With a set of vineyards that were originally planted in the 10th century by an heir of Charlemagne, they own some of the best land in the Mosel region and their location in the Ruwer valley (a cooler tributary) ensures that the wines are fresh and bright every year, with piercing minerality.  Starting a little over a decade ago the current cellar-master, Stefan Kraml, took the helm of the estate and since then, the wines have reached even higher heights.

Kraml has embraced the richer and plusher aromatics and body of the recent spate of warmer vintages, and adapted the winemaking to highlight the natural expressions of the grapes. Kraml uses longer lees contact to add nuance and texture, resulting in wines that are exotically flavored with an underlying lush body, whether dry or sweet. He has also shifted fermentation into small stainless steel vessels and neutral oak to allow the aromatics of the grapes to shine.

Additionally, starting in 2015, Grünhaus joined the VDP (German growers association), so they now make a Grosses Gewachs wine and have begun the process of simplifying their labels a little.  Don’t worry, though—they still have that beautiful Art Nouveau styling to them and look classic.  Additionally, both the 2015 and 2016 vintages have been perfectly suited to the style of the estate and the richness the years provided is buttressed by strong minerality and structure from the vineyard sites.  These are some of the most important wines in Germany today and should be bought and cellared as such. To see all of the wines from Maximin Grunhauser in stock now, just click here to head to our website.

In-Stock Now:

Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2015 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 24 bottles available in stock now
Mosel Fine Wines 92 points
“Harvested at 86° Oechsle, this offers a rather smooth Spätlese-styled nose of pear, cassis, ginger, star anise, flowers and flinty slate. The wine is on the rich and round side on the palate (by Kabinett standards of this Estate) but already hints at the elegance and finesse to come. This offers a long and beautifully refined nose of herbs and spices. The overall structure is still rather reduced and backward and we expect this beauty to only truly shine at maturity. So patience is required! 2025-2040.”

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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2015 750ML ($37.95) $29 special, 22 bottles available in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points
“Lots of crème brûlée and pastry notes in this languid style, which offers accents of roasted almond and coconut meat. The finish has a pear tart flavor that lingers. Drink now through 2040.”
Mosel Fine Wines 93+ points “Harvested at 93° Oechsle, this offers a rather reduced nose of spices, herbs and cassis. The wine is gorgeously elegant and fresh on the palate and leaves a stunning feel of herbs and zesty citrusy fruits in the long and mouth-watering finish. This is a superb effort with great upside potential. 2025-2045.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Superior Riesling, Mosel 2014 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 23 bottles available in stock now
Wine Advocate 94 points
“Very clear and smoky on the still discreet and yeasty-flavored, dense nose, the 2014 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Superior is a very elegant and round, finesse-full and persistent Riesling; it has a long and salty, very complex but beautifully fine, yet firmly structured and great finish. Impressive Riesling for the next 25 or 30 or more years.”
Wine & Spirits 92 points “Since Kraml came on in 2004, he’s weaned the vines off of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, dropped yields and moved to ambient yeast fermentations, many of which he does in traditional, large oak fuder made from the estate’s own trees. He’s also introduced the “Superior” wines, made in a traditional feinherb style, fermented in fuder and bottled with a little residual sugar. In 2014, the treatment seems to magnify the character of each vineyard, and lends the wines extra strength. The Abtsberg emphasizes the filigreed delicacy and peach scents common to the fruit off its cool blue slate, as well as the profundity of its mineral flavors. It’s not recognizably sweet; rather, this is sugar as muscle, making the best of a vintage short on sun.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese 24, Mosel 2015 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 21 bottles available in stock now
Mosel Fine Wines 95 points
“This offers gorgeous scents of peach and herbs on the nose. Star anise, ginger and coconut join the flavors on the creamy yet racy palate and leave a superbly racy, cassis and mint-infused feel in the long finish. What a beauty! 2025-2050.”
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Arriving ETA April 2018:Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs, Mosel 2016 750ML ($59.95) $39 pre-arrival special
Mosel Fine Wines 93 points “Quite reductive at first, this only gradually offers fresh and cool notes of gooseberry, smoke, cassis, flowers, mint and white peach. The wine is then, almost surprisingly, playful and fruity on the palate with juicy notes of yellow peach, tangerine and spices. It remains focused and pure in the very long and zippy dry finish. This wine is still hugely primary at this early stage, as Abtsberg wines often are, and it will need a couple of years of bottle aging to reveal its full potential. It should then prove a smashing piece of dry Ruwer Riesling made in an ethereally but no less satisfying style.”

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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Mosel Fine Wines 93 points “Harvested at 82° Oechsle, this wine offers a delicately backward nose of wet stones, pear, herbs and fine spices. The wine proves delicately creamy on the palate and leaves a superbly complex and multi-layered feel of mint and citrusy fruit in the still sharp and focused finish. Make no mistake, most great fruity-styled Maximin Grünhaus wines have started life along these lines. This is a textbook Kabinett in the making! 2026-2041.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2016 750ML ($37.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Mosel Fine Wines 94 points “The wine proves superbly elegant and inviting on the nose with cassis, herbs, pear and fresh fruits. The wine is gorgeously zesty on the palate and leaves a grandiose feel of herbs in the long and herb-infused finish. This is a plain beauty cut along the traditionally zesty, cassis-infused and minty lines of great Maximin Grünhaus wines. 2026-2041.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2016 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Mosel Fine Wines 94 points “Harvested at 82° Oechsle, this Kabinett is a little jewel in the making. Despite still being somewhat focused and restrained at this stage, the wine already reveals a show-stopping nose of cassis, minty herbs and smoky slate which reminds us immediately to the great wines from the 1990s. It proves superbly balanced on the palate and leaves a delicately light-weighted feel in the grapefruit-infused and still rather racy and slightly sharp finish. Make no mistake, most great fruity Maximin Grünhaus wines have started life along these lines. This is a textbook Kabinett in the making! 2026-2041.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2016 75ML ($37.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Mosel Fine Wines 93 points “This offers a gorgeous nose of fresh herbs, cassis, spices and herbs. The wine proves superbly playful and elegant on the palate and leaves a great feel of herbs in the long and elegant finish. This is a plain gorgeous Spätlese with zest and delicate presence. The precision and purity are simply staggering. 2026-2041.”
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Maximin Grunhauser Riesling Alte Reben, Mosel 2016 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Importer Note “Selected from the oldest parcels of the Abstberg and Herrenberg vineyards, the Alte Reben (‘old vines’) bottling combines the best qualities of both sites at a QbA price…This wine will also be produced in the off-dry style and will replace the former single-vineyard Trocken bottlings from the Abstberg and Herrenberg.  As with the ‘Monopol’ bottling, the goal is to produce a harmonious, food-friendly estate wine that tastes essentially dry, but beautifully balances the brisk acidity of the über-cool Ruwer valley.”
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