2012 Marcel Deiss "Rouge de Saint Hippolyte" Alsace

SKU #1249315 90 points Vinous

 Almost opaque dark ruby-red; this is much darker than the 2011 I recently retased at home. Delicately smoky, flinty red cherry and herbal aromas are ripe but fresh. Very saline and juicy in the mouth, with rich red fruit and herbal flavors lingering nicely on the back end. This is a blend of different red-berried pinots that were originally selected from Deiss’s Burlenberg parcel planted in 1947. (ID)  (4/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Entirely made from Pinot Noir grown on poor, weathered granite, the deep ruby-colored 2012 Rouge de St Hippolyte opens with lovely, intense and meaty cherry fruit on the nose, highlighted by floral and smoky aromas. The wine starts reductive and firmly structured by very fine and fresh, yet still present tannins on the palate, and straightly asks for a little bit more time to open up. However, its true nature reveals a more soft and dense texture on the palate, which is indeed very elegant, delicate and well balanced by an energetic acidity. Fermented in inox and bottled with a total of 40 g/l of sulfur, this cherry-flavored wine should be excellent for a couple of years from next year onwards. (SR)  (10/2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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