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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 »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A truly aromatic Riesling that has a wonderful series of fruit and spice perfumes. It’s ripe and full in the mouth, offering a strongly mineral edge as well as rich apple and citrus. Textured and still very tangy, the complex wine needs to age, so drink from 2017" (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "Notes of subtle white peach, lemon preserves, smoke and paraffin mix with fresh acidity in this well-layered white. Balanced, offering a clean finish accented by a tang of sea salt. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and ... Read More »
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright golden yellow. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits and sweet spices. More explosive than the 2012, with even better lift and precision. Finishes clean and long, with serious peppery bite. “I sell ten times as much abroad as I do in France,” Olivier Humbrecht told me, a consequence of the fact that this is a classically dry wine (in France, they like their Gewürztraminers on the sweet side). Made with grapes from the early-ripening Herrenweg site, which Humbrecht picked in the last days of August and beginning of September." (4/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "T ...Read More »
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 »
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)"
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.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This concentrated wine has weight and richness while also showing a firm, very mineral ans tight texture. The green fruits, aromatic red currants and tangy zest are partnered by young and exuberant freshness. It needs a few years to show its paces, so drink from 2018. Kobrand. —R.V." (11/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "This bright, aromatic white shows excellent cut, with hints of orchard blossom and rose to the flavors of quince, lychee, mandarin orange and ground ginger underscored by a light smoky vein of minerality. Drink now through 2018. 700 cases imported." (10/2013) K&L Notes: This is ... Read More »
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Wine Spectator: "Lightly juicy and balanced, this easy-drinking Gewürz is underscored by stone and spice details and hints of lime blossom, apricot and melon. Subtle finish. Drink now. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: Jean-Baptiste Adam may be a new name on our shelves, but they are celebrating their 400th anniversary of grape growing! This wines features exotic floral aromatics and a well-defined, balanced texture. Very well done Gewürz! Vin biologique.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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 »
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 »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and well-balanced, with an aromatic note of fresh earth layered with flavors of peach skin, Meyer lemon, ground ginger, paraffin and smoky mineral. Drink now through 2020." (10/2014)
This is the entry-level Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, one of the most respected producers in Alsace. The Riesling is made from estate fruit and boasts intense fruit and mineral notes with a core of acidity that makes it fresh and drinkable--perfect with your favorite spicy Thai dish.
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 »
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)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hugel’s 2007 Riesling Jubilee is even more intensely bright and citric than its 2005 counterpart, although their level of acidity is the same, and indeed – Mark Hugel points out – vintage-to-vintage regularity in gross chemical make-up is a characteristic for the estate’s top Schoenenbourg Riesling. Tangerine zest, thyme, pepper cress, and fusil and marine aromas prepare the way for a satiny palate saturated with illusive mineral as well as pungently herbal and citric flavors. The sense of palpable extract here is formidable, which – along with its prono ...Read More »
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)
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-dark yellow. Pineapple, lime and jasmine on the minerally nose. Very dry and citrussy in the mouth, but delivers noteworthy volume and flesh. The brisk finish of this very promising riesling offers mineral and herbal nuances. This lieu-dit in Nothalten is all gres rose (red sandstone) and granite, and the resulting wines have bright floral and mineral personalities. Nothalten is the place in Alsace were the Vosges mountains go from mainly sandstone to granite, so the wines tend to go from softer to more taut and compact." (12/2012) K&L Notes: André Oster... Read More »
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 »
This is an expressive and intense style of Gewurztraminer. Loads of rich & ripe exotic flowers and fruits jump out of the glass and slip right onto the palate. For such a young wine this shows very nice complexity and has quite the range of power guiding it through. If pairing with food go with a selection of strong cheeses or maybe a pork roast rubbed in Asian spices then slow roasted for hours. Heck, if you have some Foie Gras lying around… Or, if you happen to be a student of wine, this is a fun play on late harvest sweetness vs. power. (Eric Story, A... Read More »
According to the winery: "Our Pinot Blanc is produced from our usual Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois blend (35%/65%) originating from both Herrenweg vineyard (50%) and Rotenberg vineyard (50%). This combination works perfectly as the later ripening red limestone of the Rotenberg brings structure and acidity, whether the warm precocious alluvial Herrenweg brings richness and aromatics. Pinot Blanc will probably become more important as it keeps better acidity balance in warm vintages. In 2013, there was no such concern and it was easy to obtain the perfect bala... Read More »
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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. — R.V." (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 qua... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "**Highly Recommended** This harmonious version walks a fine line between lightly sweet flavors of ripe green melon, pear, clover honey and toasted almond, accented by dry and zesty hints of ground spice, herb and smoky mineral. Lacy and elegant throughout, thanks to firm, well-meshed acidity. Drink now through 2023." (10/2014)
Opulent, nearly exceedingly rich, this Pinot Gris is teeming with baked apple, apricot and flan-like aromas with a soft, mouthfilling palate and length that is pretty much never ending. A finish of acidity and structure lends balance to what will be a long-lived and luscious wine for a decade or more.
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David Schildknecht: "Jean-Pierre Frick, a practitioner and vociferous defender of bio-dynamic practices before they were widely recognized much less in fashion, has coupled this interest with one in raising and (to the extent they finish dry) bottling wines without adding sulfur. Non-sulfur bottlings are by no means the only experiments among Frick’s offerings, which can sometimes taste extremely fascinating and delicious ? and occasionally simply extreme. He would not want it any other way....Incidentally, Frick says that virtually his entire, small 201... Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is made from a mix of 13 different grape varieties in a field blend. It’s a totally terroir driven wine, full of mineral and gritty textures in its youth. Behind this structure is a wild range of flavors—spice, apples, pears and apricots—waiting to show through." (3/2014)89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating all of the local cepages, pressed together, then vinified in multiple, subsequently assembled lots – nicely fits his conception, with its subtly oily texture and expansiveness conveying a sense of richness allied to levity. Apple and celery supply primary juiciness ...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)
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 »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is pure Riesling, very mineral, steely and direct. With intense acidity as well as the crispest green and citrus fruits, it’s still very young. The fresh current gives an initial lift while keeping the concentrated texture in mind. Drink from 2017. —R.V." (11/2014)
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 »
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 »
Wine Spectator: "Medium-bodied, with lemon and grapefruit zest flavors mixing with hints of orange and white peach. Lightly spiced, with a modest finish. Drink now. (Web 2009 - AN)"
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Overtly sweet even at 14% alcohol, the Mann 2009 Gewurztraminer incorporates much of this year’s crop from the Altenbourg. Celery seed, litchi, rose petal, and saline, marine breeze in the nose lead to a full, subtly creamy, palpably low-acid, but fortunately persistently juicy palate, finishing somewhat simple and obviously sweet. Jacky Barthelme insists "this is too good for a generic," and I sympathize in terms of his willingness to declassify cru material, but in terms of the wine’s performance, it seems to me to have been classed correctly. Drink it ...Read More »
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