Koehler-ruprecht Wines

This historic estate, long managed by the legendary and larger-than-life Bernd Philippi, was purchased in 2009 and since 2011 has been in the dedicated hands of Dominik Sona. He and his cellar master Franziska Schmitt are intensely hard-working and strictly honor the arch-traditional style of this beautiful, centuries-old cellar.

Koehler-Ruprecht is known for broad, rich and minerally Rieslings, Pinots and Chardonnays sourced from two locations in Kallstadt: the Steinacker (sandstone and lœss) and Saumagen (lœss, marl, and limestone) vineyards. The wines are spontaneously fermented on their own yeasts and aged entirely in large, neutral stück (1200L oval casks) and halbstück (600L). No chaptalization, no enzymes, and no manipulations of any kind are practiced here.

These are extremely old-school wines from an estate making trocken (dry) wines before it was trendy. In fact, the estate cleaves to the old labeling practice of putting both the pradikät and the trocken designation on each wine (e.g., Auslese Trocken), which the VDP no longer allows; it was one reason they left the consortium after 80 years of membership! Koehler-Ruprecht's wines are released conspicuously late and are best enjoyed with bottle age, particularly the "R" reserve wines. It is safe to say there are no other wines like these made in Germany--or anywhere.

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Koehler-Ruprecht Pinot Noir Trocken 2016
The new oak isn't obvious on the nose, with notes of high-toned red cherry skin and rich soy sauce, almost vegetal at first smell. On the palate the oak is finely integrated: juicy cherries and red flowers are softly balanced with just a touch of sweet spice and structure.  Sourced primarily from
Item Number: 32313
Case: $197.40

Koehler Ruprecht Weissburgundr Pinot Blanc Kabinett 2016
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Scents of sweet corn, apple, lemon oil and oregano anticipate the delightful juxtaposition of subtle creaminess and oiliness with pungency, piquancy, zest and tart-edged juiciness that prevails midpalate. Some Kallstadt-typical hints of fresh ginger add to the invigoration of a

Koehler-Ruprecht Pinot Noir Trocken 2015
Sourced primarily from a site in Bad Dürkheim, planted to Pinot Noir in 2008; the soils here are light and sandy. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and fermented stainless steel; pressed after 4-6 weeks and aged for two years in one new "Doppelstück" (2400L) and some old "Halbstück" (600L)