2008 Meyer-Fonné "Hinterburg de Katzenthal" Pinot Gris Vendage Tardive 500ml (Previously $45)

SKU #1113002 93 points Wine Spectator

 A vibrant and silky wine, with bright acidity framing the flavors of poached apple and pear, mango, blanched almond, porcini mushroom and candied orange peel. This shows lovely integration and offers a long, lip-smacking finish of ground spice and citrus zest notes. Drink now through 2023.  (11/ 2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Overripe musk- and Persian melons, quince preserves, and brown spices seem to lie heavily over the glass of Meyer’s 2008 Pinot Gris Hinterburg de Katzenthal Vendange Tardive, then saturate a creamy, sultry palate. You might at this point be thinking what I was: "as if the ‘regular’ Hinterburg Pinot Gris were not V.T.-like and sweet enough ??" But strong salinity rescues the finish, rendering it truly mouthwatering, while tart and pungent suggestions of rhubarb preserve and crystallized ginger enter to serve for further invigoration and engage in a vibrant, prolonged finishing interaction of overripe, tart, mineral, and spice characteristics that sounds like a recipe for confusion but ends up exhilarating. There was almost no botrytis insists Meyer, but rather the desiccation of healthy, already tiny berries, whose acidity and high skin-to-juice ratio one certainly tastes past the mid-palate. Here is one of those amazing, almost freakish Pinots Gris of the 2008 vintage that ought to be worth following for two decades if not longer. But it really deserves 3-5 years of rest, I think, before it will even point clearly toward its longer-term future.  (5/ 2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. Exotic aromas of nectarine and brown spices. Silky, sweet and plush but with strong juicy acidity (9 g/l r.s.) countering the wine's exotic character. With its slightly earthy element, this seems a little less pristine than the basic version from this vineyard. More intense and more obviously structured but a bit less agreeable today and in need of patience.  (11/ 2010)

K&L Notes

From importer Kermit Lynch: "It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery and family home is in the village of Katzenthal, known for its distinctive granite soils. Meyer is a master at the art of blending and astutely applies this skill in mixing the wine from various parcels into complex, balanced cuvées. He also believes in raising his wines on fine lees in large, older foudres, as was the tradition in Alsace. All of Meyer’s bottlings are characterized by stunning aromatics and a signature backbone of minerality and nerve. Racy and elegant, his wines are difficult to resist young but have all the right qualities for the cellar. For aromatic and textural seductiveness, no one in Alsace can top Meyer-Fonné."

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.