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Summer is upon us with its attendant joys and challenges. Hot weather ripens fruit and vegetables; it also makes shipping foodstuffs challenging. We have some very fine products, notably wonderful oils, but they must be shipped carefully, which we will endeavor to do so that you receive lovely products in perfect condition. Please just remember that in hot weather liquids expand, so you will need to be prepared to bring them inside as soon as they are delivered.

Darrell Corti

 German Wines–Older Vintages and Some New Ones Too 

At times it seems that the best wines for summer are German wines. They are light, scented, refreshing with zippy acidity, and satisfying. I think they are wonderful anytime. There are differences. If anything, riesling, which produces the majority of fine German wines, ages wonderfully and if you have not yet experienced a mature riesling, you are missing out on some of the wine world’s best experiences. For some reason it seems that “common knowledge” says that light white wines like German wines, don’t age. In my experience, they age very well, sometimes better than most reds and definitely better than high alcohol, full throttle whites.

When German estates release older vintages, it means they wanted to keep those wines for bottle aging since their quality would improve. When we have the opportunity to purchase them, Corti Brothers typically buys them. In this list of wines you have some older vintages, just released from their estates, and some newer vintages showing aging potential and downright delicious-ness.

There are some choice late harvest, botrytised wines which are really excellent, having won local and national tasting awards in Germany. These awards mean highest quality and the awarded wines are generally snapped up by the national market, rarely exported. If you have never experienced eisweins or trockenbeerenauslesen, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with them, for they are wonders of the natural sweet wine world. They are not so much dessert wines, but are dessert.
  
 Nahe 

Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Löhrer Berg Scheurebe Spätlese 2004 Wine Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Löhrer Berg Scheurebe Spätlese 2004 Wine Scheurebe is a cross of silvaner x riesling made in the early 1900s. 750ml

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Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Bacchus Kabinett 2003 Wine Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Bacchus Kabinett 2003 Wine
Bacchus is a recent cross of (silvaner x riesling) x müller-thurgau. 750ml

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Schweinhardt Langenslonheimer Löhrer Berg Riesling Eiswein 2002 Wine Schweinhardt Langenslonheimer Löhrer Berg Riesling Eiswein 2002 Wine  Riesling picked at 192° Oechsle. 500ml

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Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Königsschild Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2003 Wine Schweinhardt Langenlonsheimer Königsschild Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2003 Wine Riesling picked at 194° Oechsle. 375ml

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 Rheingau 

Hans Lang Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling “Erstes Gewächs” 2003 Wine Hans Lang Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling “Erstes Gewächs” 2003 Wine

“Erstes Gewächs” indicates a narrowly demarcated parcel within a classified site in the Rheingau. It means “First Growth” and all that this implies. Classical riesling, dry with full body. Sold out.


Hans Lang Rheingau Riesling Kabinett “Fein-Herb” 2003 Wine Hans Lang Rheingau Riesling Kabinett “Fein-Herb” 2003 Wine
“Fein-herb” means light, fragrant and delicious. And this is what it is.

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Hans Lang Rheingau Riesling Spätlese 2002 Wine Hans Lang Rheingau Riesling Spätlese 2002 Wine

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