Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015

THE MOSEL REGION

Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.

RIESLING DRY RED SLATE

This dry Riesling is produced with fruit from estate-owned vineyards in the red slate soils found in the villages of Ürzig, Erden, Lösnich and Kinheim. It is fermented in the traditional style in 3,000-liter, neutral oak casks and kept on the full lees for 12 months. The extended lees contact stabilizes the wine naturally and gives it time to develop a harmonious balance.

THE 2015 VINTAGE

‘Under close to perfect conditions, we were able to harvest grapes with optimal must weights and acidity levels, producing wines in all quality levels. The vintage also gave us excellent yields, with a beautiful balance of ripeness and acidity. The wines are dense and concentrated, but with the delicate and graceful style of the Mosel.’

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Dr. Loosen – Riesling “Dr. L”, Mosel, 2015
Dr. Loosen – Riesling “Dr. L”, Mosel, 2015
Dr. Loosen – Riesling “Dr. L”, Mosel, 2015

Ernst Loosen is arguably the “King of Riesling” having won too many awards to start listing them. Fresh, clean and sweet white fruit on the nose, with juicy apples and Galia melons to the fore.

This entry-level Dr. Loosen Riesling embodies the elegant and racy characteristics of steep, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very reasonable price. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine made with grapes from contracted growers throughout the Mosel River valley who work very closely with brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen to achieve excellent quality and superb concentration in every vintage.


88 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Savory whiffs of nuts and mineral convey elegance to ripe white peach and grapefruit aromas on this off-dry Riesling. Easy-drinking in style, it’s pleasantly tart, finishing on a sweet, lingering kiss of honey.” A.I.  (2/1/2015)

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The Dr. Loosen estate
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw mate-rials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve that, Ernst dramatically restricts crop size, uses only organic fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices to allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling.

 

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Dr. Loosen – Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese Gold Cap, Mosel, Germany 2009
Dr. Loosen – Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese Gold Cap, Mosel, Germany 2009
Dr. Loosen – Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese Gold Cap, Mosel, Germany 2009

ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING AUSLESE

The weathered red volcanic and slate soils of the Ürziger Würzgarten (pronounced ERTSiger VERTS-garten) vineyard make it unique on the Mosel. It is an insanely steep site that yields wines with an exotic, spicy aroma and a mesmerizing earthiness. There is no other vineyard in the Mosel valley that produces wines so bursting with tropical fruit flavors.

 

Auslese [OWS-lay-zuh] means “selected from the harvest,” and is a luscious sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50 percent affected by botrytis. The resulting wine is dense, intensely flavored and rich on the palate, but balanced by Riesling’s naturally crisp acidity. The red volcanic soil of the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard produces wines of a completely unique nature. The wines showcase the typically juicy and precocious fruit of the “spice garden,” with a rich mouth feel, zippy acidity and lingering finish.

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Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016

A Chardonnay unlike any other in the New World. This is a hand-crafted wine without any trace of oak influence. Aromas of tropical fruits and pears intermingle with mouth-watering acidity, while the wine retains a lovely round feel on the palate.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Apple and peach aromas are dusty and lightly tropical. With no oak, fruit is all you get in this Chardonnay; flavors of apple, nectarine and melon run clean, sweet and ripe, while the finish is mellow and lands smack in the middle of the fairway.” M.S. (8/1/2014)

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Viña Echeverria is a long established Chilean estate winery fully owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Our vineyards and winery are located on the outskirts of the town of Molina, Curicó Valley, the wine heartland of Chile. We produce fine wines with a commitment to quality and excellence attainable only in a truly family run enterprise.

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Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016
Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016
Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016

This is a very intense and powerful wine. True to its Marlborough origins, its flavours are a mix of ripe tropical fruits, citrus and cooler notes of green fruits and fresh herbs. It is rich and full bodied but a crisp dry finish provides freshness and length.

Enjoy with fish, shellfish, salads and oriental dishes.

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Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015
Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015
Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015

Intense aromas of ripe tangerine and apricot with subtle notes of toast and smoke from barrel fermentation. Complex, creamy, well balanced palate showing full fruit flavours and mineral notes with a long and fresh finish.

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Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016

A delicious, crisp dry white wine with vibrant fresh herbal aromas and ripe gooseberry overtones.

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Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015

A dry delicate white wine made from a selected blend of Phoenix & Siegerrebe grape varieties. Floral aromas of elderflower and ripe citrus fruits on the palate.

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Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014

This wine is made with traditional grape varieties of Verdejo and Viura; it has a lemony freshness and tropical fruit character with a complexity and creaminess from 50% oak fermentation in a mix of American and French barrels.

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Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016

It is floral, fragrant and delicate, with lime and citrus aromas enhancing a fresh and fruity palate.

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Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2016

Crystal clear, pale straw colour. Fresh white stone fruits with citric notes. Firm, intense and well balanced palate, persistent aromatic fruit with a long finish.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage)
“Soft and round, this is a wine that has the warmth of the Alentejo coupled with a tangy, fresh slice of lemon. Blending Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum, it’s a wine to drink now, or just age for a few months.”

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Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015

Brilliant pale lemon yellow. Fruit forward wine showing notes of citrus fruits, mango and passion fruit. Well balanced, elegant and intense.

86 Points Wine Spectator

“As fresh as can be, this is a bright, lively and lightly perfumed wine. It has grapefruit, apricot fruit and a touch of minerality. Drink through 2015.”

This unique, balanced, aromatic varietal expresses the true potential of this variety allied to the Estate’s complex soil geology and climatic conditions. Clear, pale straw with green hues. Vibrant grassy aroma with tropical and citric fruit notes of lime and grapefruit. The palate is fresh and elegant with mineral notes and a clean acid finish which is long and persistent.

 

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Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015

Pale lemon colour. An elegant and refreshing white wine with notes of citrus fruits and green apples. Lovely concentration and a pleasant finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Duas Castas, two grapes, is a blend of Gouveio and Antão Vaz. Together they give a smooth, fruity wine, tangy in orange zest and bright acidity. The wine has weight and richness, with delicious hints of white peach to finish.”

Located in the heart of the Alentejo region, the Herdade do Esporão Estate was established in 1267. Having passed through various families and Counts of the region, the property has been owned by the Roquette family since 1973.  Their first wine was bottled in 1985.

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Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015

Bright, transparent lemon yellow with a tinge of green. Impression of cool climate green apples and herbs  on the nose, with a yeasty and dried leaf nuances wrapping at the back. Refreshing acidity balanced by a hint  of sweetness.

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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2016

Catalan Eagle white is 70% Garnacha Blanca, 20% Viognier and 10% Roussanne. Pale straw colour with an aromatic nose of peach, pear and hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, with a refreshing acidity and elements of peach, apricot and lime zest.

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Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.

Terroir

The high Valley of Aude is the highest vineyard in Languedoc. Our parcels are located at the extreme west of Languedoc. Spring comes in late and autumn is quite cool. The altitude is above 300m and average rainfall exceeds 800 mm/year. The late clay soil is a very important factor in Languedoc to favor the planting of the Chardonnay grape. Certainly the best terroir for Chardonnay in the whole region of Languedoc.

Vinification

Manual harvest. Grapes are neither destemmed nor crushed. The first juice, the free run juice and the pressed juice are all vinified separately. The alcoholic fermentation is done in barrels. It is regular and last for 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation is only done on the barrels that are found too acid. As a result, the final blending between the different wine profiles results in an exceptionnal harmony for our Chardonnay.

Ageing

6 months in 500L oak barrels.
Jancis Robinson 2016 17.5 + / 20 : Structure and tension, really exciting.
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Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

90 Points James Suckling.

“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”

The village of Lugny is located high up in the South of the Mâcon region. It has a great reputation for its white wines which has made Mâcon famous. It is well known that the village of Lugny, with its limestone soils and warm climate, produces the most coveted white wines of the region. The vineyard of « Les Genièvres » is one of the best. Maison Louis Latour selects the best grapes of this village, which thanks to its terroir, was the only village planted with Chardonnay 30 years ago.
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Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016
Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016
Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016

A crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc, with intense fruity nose that displays citrus and tropical fruit aromas interwoven with herbal notes that add complexity to the wine.

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Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011

Beautiful yellow color with emerald rim. Fine wine with a rich, full-bodied taste. After decantation gradually revealed bright mineral shades, tones of juicy fruit, honey, flowers and spices. Superb finish stunning length.

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Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016

Straw yellow colour flecked with green; typical of the grape. Forward aromas of apple and citrus, especially grapefruit, are accompanied by subtle bitter notes of hawthorn, acacia and elderberry blossoms. Long and intense.

 

Considered one of the best white wines for fish, this wine will partner beautifully with either sea food or with poultry and rabbit. Best enjoyed 3-4 years from harvest.

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