December 2017 First Tuesday Wine Share Wines

No Pain, No Gain

THIRST'S FIRST TUESDAY WINE SHARE
If you're interested in signing up, please email us. This share has a waitlist but we've started a second one to accommodate demand, and to continue keeping it all about very hard-to-find natural wines. Our second share is released the Third Thursday of every month.

The power of our wine share is that it allows us to share with you super-limited wines that otherwise are gobbled up for wine lists at a few of our favorite natural wine bars & restaurants but at on-premises pricing.

On Enderle & Moll’s corks: Rien Sans Peine

RIEN SANS PEINE

This month we invite you to Baden, Germany, to enjoy the wines of the dynamic cult duo that is Enderle & Moll (Sven Enderle and Florian Moll)!

You might already obsessed be with their wines. If not, now is your opportunity to become obsessed. These babies just landed and they disappear FAST. Two of this share’s wines are already sold out (and they just freakin’ arrived). But with the power of the Thirst Wine Share, we swooped them up for you so that you can experience for yourself Sven & Florian’s latest work.

Sven and Florian are iconoclasts who operate in Baden in a manner diametrically opposed to virtually every one of their neighbors in Baden, the southernmost of Germany’s wine regions. Baden is mostly a long, slim strip of vineyards nestled between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River that extends 240 miles from north to south. We can’t stress enough how different Sven and Florian work in their vineyards and cellar from their neighbors (100 cooperatives produce and market roughly 85% of the region’s wine). While the vast majority of those around them pursue efficiency, ripeness, size, and alcohol, add enzymes and tannins, etc., Sven and Florian swim against the stream. First of all, they work old vines. Their Pinot Noir vines are among the oldest in Baden (50-70-plus-years-old). They farm all the vineyards organically and biodynamically, doing absolutely everything by hand in the vineyards (which are quite steep) and in the cellar. They directly source barrels from the prestigious Domaine Dujac – their barrels range from one to over five years of age. And their wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

2016 MULLER-THURGAU

From their own vineyards, plus purchased fruit from Stefan Steinmetz in the Mosel, it’s fermented partially on the skins for 5-6 days. Muller-Thurgau is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royal (which is generally a table grape) created in 1882 by Dr. Herman Müller (of Thurgau, Switzerland), after whom it’s named.

Enderle & Moll’s Muller-Thurgau is sunshine in a glass. On the nose, it has distinctive orange and tropical fruit notes. On the palate, it’s tart and a touch savory, with notes of golden raisin, golden apple, nectarines, and juicy pineapple.

2016 WEISS & GRAU

Half Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and half Grauburgunder (Pinots Gris), fermented for 5-6 days on the skins, it’s grippy, tart, juicy, with bright acidity, and lovely notes of peach skin, apricot, and orange zest. This wine sold out on arrival.

2016 SPATBURGUNDER ROSE

Spatburgunder is the German name for Pinot Noir. This wine demonstrates the difficulty of wine categories because it bends the rose category, as its deep and beautifully structured, with floral and herbal aromatics as well as an earthy undercurrent. It sold out on arrival as well.

2015 PINOT NOIR “LIAISON”

From 45-60-year-old vines on Buntsandstein (red sandstone), Liaison will age well but it’s hard to wait as it’s very drinkable now. Dusty, elegant, informed by used barrique they source from the illustrious Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, it has notes of blackberry, nutmeg, cinnamon, gentle tannins, and pleasant floral notes.

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