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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "While this is a nonvintage wine, it is still very young and will benefit from time in bottle. That will allow the rich apple and crisp lemon flavors to round out, calming the intense acidity. The potential of this rich wine is considerable." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Made up of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, with zero dosage, this pretty sparkling has very classy and feminine aromatics and is very nicely textured along the palate, with classic Chardonnay character that's lightened up on the finish by the small addition of Pinot Blanc and a vibrant mineral quality. A ... Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of stainless and sliced apple with hints of melons, lemons and spices. Full-bodied, very tight and lean with a gorgeous salinity. Almost a white pepper character. A triumph. A beauty. So dry and intense. Amazing. Drink or hold." (9/2015)95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* One of Trimbach’s top wines, this impressive Riesling, with all its bottle time, is maturing beautifully. It has that petrol character that is typical of aged Riesling, as well as a strong sense of steeliness and intense acidity on the finish." (3/2014)93 points Decanter: "Austere, mineral nose. Fresh, vivid palate is d ...Read More »
This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.
93 points James Suckling: "A wonderful riesling with focus and excitement. Sliced apple, spice and mineral. Full body, tangy acidity. Very long and intense. A standard-bearer. Drink or hold." (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "RS 3.8 g/l. Aniseed, fennel, lime juice – excellent concentration and varietal accuracy with a delicious floral character on the finish. Steely, pithy, rich and delicious – a great candidate for ageing." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 50% or 60% purchased grapes from clay and limestone soils, the 2013 Riesling Hugel (or Classic, depending on the market) offers white fruits along with some nutty flav ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "So elegant, a wine with just a fine balance. It has creamy apple fruit flavors, hedgerow fruits, with a line of crisp acidity to cut through the fruitiness and give a more mineral edge. It will be worth aging this wine for 2–3 years. Drink after 2014." (10/2014) K&L Notes: This organically grown Alsatian Riesling comes from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the same terroir at the more famous Altenberg Grand Cru - the exposure is just more east-facing than the south-facing Altenberg. Cookie spices typically frame this wine's tropical nose an... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Soft and rich, this warm, rounded wine has concentrated fruitiness along with a more tense mineral structure. Its pink grapefruit, ripe melon and zesty lemon flavors combine to give a wine that is only just setting out. Drink from 2018." (12/2014)
89 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is deliciously fresh and full. Red fruits are laced with intense acidity and a crisp, clean texture. It gives instant fruity pleasure and a light and bright aftertaste. — R.V." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Most people outside of the region don't think about Alsace for sparkling wine, and neither did we until Armand Baur popped a bottle of his Cremant d'Alsace on our very first visit. He actually said: "You probably have no interest in this, but maybe you would like to try"? Of course we said yes all the while maintaining a stone cold business face. And the rest is his... Read More »
Look for hints of pineapple in this late-harvest Riesling produced in the best of years by Florian Beck-Hartweg's wine farm in Alsace.
This organically grown Pinot Gris is harvested mostly from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the same terroir at the more famous Altenberg Grand Cru (its exposure is just more east-facing than the south-facing Altenberg). This is a classic, dry Alsatian Pinot Gris, with aromas and flavors of pear and tropical fruit accented by nutty notes and subtle spice. Fleshy and unctuous, this wine shows excellent weight and richness in the mouth, but its lively acidity lifts and lengthens the finish, keeping everything in balance. Super fo... Read More »
This wine comes from one of the most famous Grand Cru vineyards of Alsace. Gravelly soils with rich deposits of magnesium give the wine elegance, finesse and freshness. Well-balanced and concentrated, the wine displays aromas of rose, acacia and exotic fruits. It is best served with poultry, fish dishes and fruity desserts.
A blend of 80% Pinot Blanc and 20% Riesling. Full of tiny bubbles and lemony freshness. An elegant sparkler for less than $20!
This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and marl soil, rich in sandstones and silicas. Look for fresh, grapefruit aromas, a fruity silky palate, and enjoy with shellfish, chicken with light sauces or as an aperitif with cheese. This is a quiet wine with loads of sneaky power. Don't be afraid to cellar for ten years. This will only become more interesting with time. (Eric Story, Alsace Buyer)
93-95 points Antonio Galloni: "Pale straw. Pristine aromas of canned pineapple, ripe pear, apple juice and white flowers. Silky and precise in the mouth, with complex, deep tropical fruit and flint framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with a compelling floral perfume. The older Muschelkalk limestone soils of the Clos Windsbuhl really deliver a more feminine, graceful style of Gewürztraminer. This will match perfectly with a lightly curried dish. (ID)" (4/2015)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Intensely perfumed, this rich wine has also kept a fresher side. It’s very fruity at this stage, with mango ...Read More »
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, aim to make their great wines starting in the vineyard. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine--some casks are 100 years old or so!. Fermentation is with natural yeasts, and there's no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity, of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilization (chemical or organic) because Fl... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fresh apple in a soft but refreshingly juicy context is underlain with wet stone and tinged green herbs and salt in a Hugel 2011 Pinot Blanc Les Amours bound to prove deliciously versatile if mild-mannered at table through at least 2014." (8/2014)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale straw-green. Clean, fresh lime and jasmine aromas on the uncomplicated nose. Easygoing and straightforward on the palate, with lemon, green apple and papaya flavors accented by mineral touches on the zippy, moderately persistent finish. Bott calls this range of wines Les Elements as he considers the main four grape varieties of Alsace to be like the four elements. From grapes grown mainly in Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Zellenberg." (11/2012) K&L Notes: Classic Alsatian Riesling that shows crystilline minerality in both the aromatics and on the finish. Lime aroma... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Fresh and lightly creamy, with a mix of persimmon, apricot preserves, stone and ground spice notes. Drink now. (Web-2013)"
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, share the philosophy that great wines aren't made in the cellar but in vineyards. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks, that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine (casks are 100 years old or so!). Fermentation with natural yeasts, and absolutely no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: absolutely, using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilizatio... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Verbena and pine forest hints lace this dry, well-cut white, while smoky minerality underscores flavors of melon, dried apricot, pink grapefruit and beeswax. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases imported. –AN" (11/2014) Antonio Galloni: "Pale straw with a light gold tinge. Notes of smoky bacon fat complicate delicate tropical fruits, rose water and ginger on the nose. Then rather austere and linear on the palate, with good floral lift to the stone fruit flavors. Finishes rich and long, with a trace of alcoholic heat. Although Trimbach had made a Réserve Gewürz ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and tangy, this dry version meshes expressive notes of mandarin orange, fresh ginger, peach, stone and dried herbs. Drink now through 2018." (10/2013) K&L Notes: All of the fruit comes from the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim.
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Vintage notes: "Osterberg, exclusively areas on the edge of Ribeauvillé. Hillsides facing East South-East at an altitude of 250 to 350 metres, and on average to steep slopes which benefit from excellent levels of sun. Osterberg is a well-known wine-growing area, mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages. The Lords of Ribeaupierre cultivated their vines there. This wine presents a very expressive nose with citrus combined with hints of tropical fruits and flinty flavors. On the palate, the fruit explodes immediately and fills the palate. The freshness f... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is rich, full in the mouth and delicious. With its creamy texture, baked apple flavors and sprinkling of spice, it’s a dense and ripe wine that could be drunk now, but which will be better in 2016." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Floral and lightly honeyed, this fresh white is focused by racy acidity and a streak of stony mineral. Lacy and lithe, with ripe apricot and blood orange notes. Drink now through 2017." (10/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "This soft wine is full of yellow fruits and spiced lemon, with a light, tangy texture. It’s rich while having a crisper side. Drink in fall 2016." (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with hints of honeysuckle and sage, this fleshy white is framed by well-knit acidity, offering a palate of subtle pear, almond, stone and lemon curd flavors. Drink now through 2019. 1,250 cases made." (11/2014)
Antonio Galloni: "Bright straw with a gold tinge. Peach, tea and spice on the forward nose. Rich, ripe and suave, with lovely tropical fruit flavors that persist nicely at the back, with a touch of alcoholic heat becoming apparent with aeration. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three main areas: Saint Hippolyte (on soils rich in granite and clay that yield wines with less acidity), Bergheim (slightly bigger, richer wines), and a few small plots between Riquewihr and Béblenheim. (ID)" (4/2015)
Wine Enthusiast: "A new brand produced by the Sparr family, Baumann’s fruit comes from Riquewihr. This easy Pinot Gris is soft and medium sweet, with attractive hints of spice and minerality. It’s a ripe wine, finished with acidity. Drink now." (4/2015)
Run by Colette Faller and her two daughters Cathy and Laurence since 1979, Domaine Weinbach has holdings in some of the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace, including their monopole Clos des Capucins and the Grand Crus Schlossberg and Furstenstum. All of their wines are made entirely of estate fruit and are biodynamic. From the winery: "The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "This is high energy Sylvaner with amazing lime and lemon character plus hints of stones. Peppery too. Full body, bright acidity and layers of fruit and spice. Really impressive. From organically grown grapes." (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From vines planted in 1946 and 1960 on the granite soils around the village of Niedermorschwihr, the 2013 Sylvaner fermented in traditional oak vats and opens very clear, fresh and subtle on the nose, displaying ripe white fruit aromas along with granite notes. Crystalline and piquant on the palate, this is a full-flavored and intense Sylvan ...Read More »
This is the only red wine this Alsatian producer makes, but they do a wonderful job. Refined and fruit-filled, this boasts cherry and red currant fruit and a hint of spice. This is a lighter style of Pinot Noir, crisp and fresh on the palate, that's perfect with a little chill on it. Try it with some tabbouleh and grilled chicken!
85% Gamay, 15% Auxerrois. Côtes do Toul lies in the mountainous northeast of France on the banks of the Mosel river. This area used to provide base wines for Champagne before it was ravaged by Phylloxera, but now its claim to fame is Gamay-based rosé grown on its steep, high-altitude slopes. Wine from Lorraine is now extremely obscure, so this is a great chance to try a truly unique product!
98 points James Suckling: "Superb aromas of pine needles, minerals, sliced mango and flint. Full-bodied and very ripe with dried fruits such as pineapple, peach and lemon. Fabulous length and seriousness. This is the first vintage of a phenomenal wine with Trimbach. Only 3,000 bottles made." (9/2015)
With residual sugar of just 3.9 grams/liter and total acidity of 5.4 grams/liter, here's a traditional, dry Alsatian Riesling with distinctive citrus notes and minerality. Great for grilled fish.
Wine & Spirits: "Flinty, floral and cardamom-spicy at first, this comes across as heady in all its perfume, finishing dry and a little blunt. Bosky apple and white cherry fruit fill out the midpalate. For alpine cheeses." (12/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a bright and fruity, red-fruit flavored wine. It has a touch of tannins to give some texture, along with bright acidity and a crisp aftertaste. Drink now." (3/2014) Wine Spectator: "An aromatic sparkler, with floral overtones and subtle flavors of peach, strawberry and raspberry. Light and crisp. Pinot Noir. (Web-2011)"
Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant wine, attractively perfumed, crisply fresh. It is full of ripe apples, layered with intense acidity and balanced with a warmer peach flavor. Ready to drink." (10/2013)
Hubert Meyer is one in a long line of vignerons in his family. Since the 17th Century, from generation to generation, the Meyers have maintained a passion for wine. Hubert succeeded his father Andre as head of the domaine in 1976 and with his wife Jocelyne helped foster a new regard for the wines. In, Hubert's son, Pierre, finished his viticulture and oenology studies and has joined the domaine full-time, infusing the energy of the next generation into the wines.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mango aromas drive this rich wine, full of honey as well as spicy fruits. It is not so much weighty as intense, with a sense of warmth. Now mature and ready to drink, it still retains a youthful fruit character." (10/2013)
90 points Wine Spectator: "Like the seashore, this racy white is fresh and breezy, mixing a hint of briny minerality with flavors of fresh-cut apple, star fruit, melon rind and smoked almond. Elegant finish. Drink now through 2018. 430 cases imported. –AN" (8/2013)
97 points James Suckling: "White peaches, almonds, minerals, dry soil and hints of morels. Full-bodied, dry and lasts for minutes on the palate with dried fruits, apricots, orange peel and mineral. Long finish. Truly fabulous." (9/2015)93 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral, fresh and elegant, this is driven by racy acidity and smoky minerality, layered with flavors of apricot, peach skin, pink grapefruit zest, blanched almond and fleur de sel. Shows lovely harmony and beautiful texture." (10/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Lime, lemon, zesty and vibrant. Has much more concentration and zip than their 'basic' Schlossberg. (RH) ...Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of violets and dark fruits on the nose. Very pure. Full body plus hints of stone, clay and dark fruits. Very lively and intense. Superfine. Amazing finish." (9/2015)
93 points Wine & Spirits: "The Heissenberg or “hot mountain” vineyard lies in the upper Bas-Rhin area of Alsace, on a south-facing slope with pink sandstone and gneiss soils that André Ostertag has farmed biodynamically since 1997. It tends to produce wines that are fleshy and exotic, like this 2012. Fresh, ripe peach and apricot flavors predominate, wrapping around a firm mineral core. Orange blossom, sage and oolong tea notes appear, as well as a phenolic note of walnut skin that tightens the finish. Warming and luscious to drink now, it should age well in the cellar for another ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wonderfully balanced wine, bursting with ripe spice as well as acidity. It’s a rich wine, now showing maturity without losing its fruit. The depth of flavor, drilling right down to the mineral structure, is impressive. Drink now, although also wait until 2016." (12/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the heart of the Sporen grand cru, the deeply colored 2009 Gewurztraminer Hugel Jubilee opens with clear and harmonious Gewurz flavors on the explosively aromatic, spicy, deep and mineral nose. Rich and clear, soft and supple on the seductive palate, with a powerful, ripe an ...Read More »
Organically farmed from vineyard plots around Ribeauvillé, this Pinot Blanc's dry character is set off by a citrusy nose which reverberate on the palate with mineral and finesse. A versatile table wine and a refreshing cocktail wine, the concentrated and fresh qualities of the 2010 vintage express themselves generously.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bott’s 2010 Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz exhibits a deep gold color with scents of lichen, both of which characteristics point toward the presence of botrytis, which adds spice, caramel and honey to peach and smoked meat flavors on an expansive, polished and glycerol-slicked palate. Finishing with sweet persistence, this V.T.-like bottling strikes me as likely to be best enjoyed solo and by 2018. (DS)" (8/2014)89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright golden yellow. Delicate tropical fruits, licorice and sweet brown spices on the subdued nose. Somewhat soft and diffuse on the palate, with licori ...Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-straw color. Rather austere, spicy, Northern Rhone-like aromas of peach and pear skin and nuts. Then juicy, fresh and complex in the mouth, with pineapple, grapefruit and lemon flavors taking on greater richness and sweetness with air. Very ripe and fresh wine. I never would have picked it blind as a 2003. (features riesling, pinot gris, pinot noir, muscat, sylvaner and chasselas) (ST)" (12/2006) K&L Notes: Randy Caparoso "Biodynamics has been called kooky, "voodoo on the vine," yet it seems to be more self-sustaining and productive than straight organic... Read More »
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