The world's greatest and most age-worthy dry Riesling may come from a few select pockets of the world, but among historical gems the 1335-founded Karthäuserhof estate reaches rarefied air. Today's e-mail features the top two dry wines of the estate, with bottle age now entering their prime window. With pricing far less than current vintages offered in the US this is not to be missed. And, I've created special mixed 6-pack pricing to go even lower!

Ruwer Valley Riesling is most recognized for its delicacy and mineral spring purity. On the towering Karthäuserhofberg vineyard these attributes are met with a special grandeur placing these at the top of the heap. With decades in bottle Karthäuserhof develops wispy pine needle inflections and a hypnotic iron streak of super-fine minerality.

Today's 2008 Alte Reben (old vine) and 2009 Grosses Gëwachs (great growth) show the emergence of these notes that are so singluar to the great Karthäuserhofberg vineyard.

Devonian slate is found throughout the Ruwer, and here its unique pink copper hue plays a role releasing iron-rich minerals into soil. Bands of clay throughout bring advantageous water retention, and the pine forest above the vineyard protects from harsh winds. All these elements are crucial in endowing some of the more fleshy apricot, green apple, and pink grapefruit notes that verge into a pronounced, smokey mineral core. 

Karthäserhof was originally founded as a monastery in 1335, and today is recognized as the 8th oldest winegrowing estate in the world. I'm always on the hunt for back-vintage wines from this fabled house, but I never thought I'd get pricing down this sharp for their top dry wines. 

2008 Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese Trocken Alte Reben
$39 per bottle.

2009 Karthäuserhof Riesling Grosses Gewächs
$64 per bottle.

Special E-Mail 6-pack Pricing: $258! (Regularly $309)
(3 bottles of each)

Also available: 

2002 Karthäuserhof Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel NR. 52 #16 375ml
$59 per bottle.

2009 Karthäuserhof Riesling Grosses Gewächs 1.5L
$149 per bottle.

2012 Karthäuserhof Riesling Grosses Gewächs
$79 per bottle.