Latest Blog Post

Schatzberg Set 1

Terroir vs Winemaking: An Experimental Tasting

An endless debate in the world of wine is the degree to which terroir influences a wine’s characteristics. A full spectrum of opinions can be found, from those who believe terroir’s influence is minimal to those who think that it’s all that really matters in the formulation of a wine. As is usually the case, most […]

Austrian Road 3-1-14

Killer Values from Austria’s 2011 Vintage

Austria’s 2011 vintage was described as “one of the greatest vintages in Austrian history” by Master of Wine Josef Schuller. Ideal weather, zero fungal problems, and the luxury of a long harvest led to excellent fruit quality. In general terms, the wines of 2011 are simply delicious young with their superb concentration (if that’s your […]

More Posts from this Category

Wein Review Favorites

  • Keller Westhofener Kirschspiel Spatlese 2012

    The Keller Westhofener Kirschspiel Spatlese has a fascinating bouquet of mint, yeast, and river stones. This Spatlese is light and fresh but possesses great depth and multiple layers to the flavors of lemon, bright peach, honey, wildflowers, and mouth-watering saline. It’s an absolutely outstanding Riesling that is so good now that it will take exceptional willpower to cellar it. 95pts

  • Emrich Schonleber Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2011

    This beautiful GG Riesling is very approachable young and has an alluring nose of pears, roses, and lemon zest. It is defined by its amazing balance as layers of subtle tropical fruit, white peach, lime, and flint glide across the palate and carry all the way through to the amazing finish, which simply soars with juicy acidity and a light saline minerality. 94pts

  • Willi Haag Riesling Spatlese Brauneberger Juffer 2010

    The Willi Haag Spatlese 2010 is a forward Riesling that offers juicy flavors of green apple, nectarine, and honeysuckle. The fruit in finish takes on a cooler, crisper character that interchanges well with the drop of saline-like minerality. 87pts

  • Ewald Gruber Konigsberg Riesling 2011

    A bone dry Austrian Riesling with a lovely perfumed quality reminiscent of Niagara grapes of all things! Tart apple and starfruit are balanced by a crisp finish with just a touch of minerality and salinity. A captivating and beautiful wine, not to mention a fantastic value. 91pts