2011 Andre Ostertag "d'E" Riesling (Previously $23.00)

SKU #1137687 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw. Delicate spice and mineral notes complement ripe Golden Delicious apple and apricot aromas. Bright, fresh and focused, with sweet spicy fruit flavors that linger nicely. This wine is made from grapes grown in 15 different parcels; as some of these parcels are no longer in and around Epfig, Ostertag changed the name of this cuvee in 2005 (it was previously called Vignoble d'Epfig). The sample I tasted had been bottled just two days before my visit and it was still pretty impressive. 89(+?) points.  (12/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and lightly zesty, with ground spice notes, this broad white offers flavors of candied orange peel, baked peach and toasted almond. The well-meshed acidity creates a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

André Ostertag is both admired and avoided within Alsace itself for his open-minded, green-minded quality-conscious philosophy, which results in wines that range from sensational to positively bizarre. He collaborated with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, among others, to publish a "Riesling Manifesto" in the 1990s. Ostertag's wines are generally fermented completely dry.

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