German Riesling and Close Outs

German Riesling and Close Outs

Posted on Feb, 16. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Well it is “Close Out” time for many distributors as they try to clear out their holiday overstock to make room for the new wines of the Spring. For us this means many great deals on lots of different wines. Keep your eyes pealed and let us know if you are looking for anything in particular as we will only choose what we think is the best from these lists to pass them on to you.

At the Guild office right now we have mountains (hills really) of great deals that we have already purchased. Wines that were just too good to pass up and so instead of formulating an e-mail offer on the front side we have simply purchased the wines so that guild member can buy them as they stop in to pick up wine or come to tastings. We will be sending out e-mails about the wines we have already purchased soon just to let folks who can’t make it in know what we have. Most everything is in small quantity so check it out.

A great offer that has just came through is on a wine we told you all about back in September. The Weingut Moritz Gogrewe 2004 Riesling Spatlese Wiltinger Klosterberg, Saar was offered to us at a special price then, but has recently been re-offered at a ‘can’t pass up’ price. Not only that but we have a special offer on the whole line of Gogrewe wines in stock. Grand Cru price on this wine from our last offer was ~$15.00 now it is being offered for under $10 and this is a wine that normally retails for just under $30 and with 92 points from Parker is worth every penny. Needless to say it is a screaming deal for top rated German Riesling. I hope those who bought it last time have tried the wine and now realize that they need more. Evan did, his notes are:

Talk about serendipitous: I’d had a bottle of the ’04 Gogrewe in the back of my fridge for a couple months now, but this weather just hasn’t called for it. Last evening, after tasting that semi-dessert Gascogne earlier in the day, I felt like nothing else but the Spatlese in the fridge. It was only after the first glass that I realized we had just gotten that closeout offer on it! The first thing I noticed is that it has an aura on the nose of higher-end, “serious” Rieslings…that classic petrol/rubber character, dry chalk, a touch of lychee, very lively. The palate is all about perfect composure – very typical stoniness and lemon-lime, but the star here is the balance between bright, electric acidity and very soft richness & residual sugar. Very impressive! Then I looked at Cellartracker and realized we’d only paid mid-teens for this stuff, and was even more impressed. And now, we’re looking at nearly half-off? [Gob]COME ON![/Gob]

These are the wines available, the prices and quantities.

2004 Spatlese
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $27.00 • Only 51 bottles available – Buy Now!

2005 Spatlese
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $27.00 • Only 124 bottles available – Buy Now!

2005 Alte Reben
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $32.00 • Only 134 bottles available – Buy Now!

It amazes me how many folks just turn off when they hear or see the words German Riesling. It does not even seem to matter that most wine professionals and wine geeks consider these wines to be the finest expression of white wine in the world. C’est la vie, I suppose and yet the phenomenon bears some scrutiny.

First of all let me make clear that German Rieslings are often bone dry. And although enjoyed bone dry these wines become sought after, craved and coveted as the skilled wine maker successfully harnesses the natural ripeness of the grape, crafting his synthesis of pure nature into opulent purity of an Auslese or Spatlese styled wine.

Sure there is what is commonly called sweetness to these wines but it is so much more than that. Sweetness in a good German or Alsatian wine comes across as weight and body. In a sense these wines should be considered as one considers a red wine. They act like red wines, aging longer, standing up to more powerful foods and the sweetness of a good German Spatlese is no more than you would want from the fruit in a really good California Cabernet. This fruit gives a platform for the complexities and nuances that keep it from ever tasting merely sweet.

And so for those who have waited and those who are eager to explore we present one of the first German Reislings we have offered in far too long. This one struck us for its high praise in the journals, the history of the producer and the significant price reduction offered by the distributor. It is slim to find great Spatlese at this price and I hope everyone will grab up a bottle of this to find out what good German Riesling really can do.

Below are the Parker notes. The Alte Reben was given a 90 points by Parker.

Wine Advocate # 167
Oct, 2006 David Schildknecht, 92 Points. Drink: 2006 – 2016 $24 (24)

A 2004 Wiltinger Klosterberg Riesling Spatlese – not harvested until November 29, and incorporating a couple of choice parcels within that rather large site – features scents and flavors of apricot, pear, and black cherry, offers a superb combination of satiny texture, polish, ripeness, stuffing, and yet delicacy on the palate, finishing with lightly cooked black cherry, nut oils, and wet stone. Despite Gogrewe’s lack of track record, I would predict at least 8-10 years of fascinating evolution for this incredible value.

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