German Wine Availability in Wine Posted October 26, 2003 (Rieslingfan Posted on Oct 21 2003, 04:49 AM) Schloss Vollrads has not been the same since Count Erwin committed suicide several years ago. You're right, Vollrads hasn't been the same. It's better.Since Dr. Rowald Hepp took over the winemaking after the regime change, Vollrads has come back in a big way. Vollrads went into the dumper well before Graf-Matuschka committed suicide. The downhill slide began after the '76 vintage and Vollrads really didn't come back until the '99 vintage. You REALLY need to taste the '99 auction Spat, '00 Auslese and BA, and '01 Spatlese. As a disclaimer, I work one day a week as a computer consultant for the CA/OR/CO importer of Vollrads, Old Vine Imports. I do not do wine sales for them. I DO get to taste a tremendous amount of Riesling, however. I'd put the '01 Spat against most any other '01 I've tried. It may not be better than anything else (I'm sure it's not!), but it WILL hold its own against the competition. Excellent juice.The '01 Spat should be reasonably easy to find. You won't be able to find the BA as there were only a couple of cases of 375s imported into the US, all going to Old Vine.