2014 Roland Schmitt Glintzberg Riesling Alsace (last of vintage) (Previously $18)
Wonderful aromas of dried citrus, flower and mineral. Full-bodied and tight with a fresh and clean palate. Salty and bright. Intense. Drink or hold. From organically grown grapes.
Light note of honey at first. Honey and lemon - the honey giving it a suggestion of maturity that is contradicted by the SO2 still in evidence. There's a hint of sweetness on the finish but the overall balance is good. Rich but very fresh. (JH)
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 and palate, which tends to be inflected with lovely minerality. Essentially dry, with just a bit of residual sugar that rounds the edge. Long and persistent, the 2014 will drink well now, and will age nicely for a few years, too.