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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/20/2008, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Muller-Catoir Muss Etels Kabinett) Germany/Austria

    Dear Friends,

    Last night I was invited to listen.

    Not to taste or comment but just to listen.

    The immediacy of attending a symphony in silence is an event that has captured the spirit of an era and of an audience for generations. It is a timeless exercise that can be appreciated in recorded form but only "physically" experienced in person. In one of the world's supreme acoustic halls, you hear every pluck, every note as an individual within the brilliance of the whole and the sum seems to resonate off of every hair as it stands on end during a crescendo. That was my experience last night and the treat was Smetana - my ears are still full of the moment.

    When Smetana created Die Moldau (and Ma Vlast), his goal was to create a pictorial sense of Bohemian pride through music - a sense of nationalism that would prop up his homeland (now the Czech Republic) and the monarchs of his era. That notion lead me to our hobby and the renewed sense of pride in a resurgent Austrian and German wine industry, both at the precipice of the namesake river and her tributaries of wild water.

    This set of specials arrived in the middle of the night (last night in my email) and it seemed appropriate to offer them while the music was still ringing loudly...

    You can't go wrong with any of these - they are from top vintages at terrific prices, about the same as in their homeland (or less):

    ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price - we cannot get an additional shipment at this price:

    2005 Messmer Burrweiler Schlossgarten Riesling Kabinett (halb-trocken)

    2005 Karlsmuhle Kaseler Nies'chen Riesling Kabinett

    2004 Muller-Catoir Mussbacher Eselshaut Riesling Kabinett

    ...and, one from Austria:

    2005 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Vom Urgestein
    If you are looking for a dry, quenching example (versus the RS of Germany), this everyday wine can be quaffed at a moment's notice.

    Please limit requests to 3/each

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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