2012 Josmeyer Brand Riesling Grand Cru Alsace (Previously $69)

SKU #1272528 95 points James Suckling

 This is very smoky and minerally. Hints of dried lemon and peach. Full body plus an incredible finish of dried pineapple and spice. Great wine.  (9/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully aromatic, with slate-tinged minerality, this creamy white is fresh and focused, offering vibrant acidity and flavors of ripe yellow plum, nectarine, star anise, honey and lemon curd. Hard to stop sipping, echoing spice and mineral details on the lasting finish. (AN)  (10/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From low yielding, 65+ years old vines on granite soils, the 2012 Riesling Grand Cru Brand is pure, cool, fresh and piquant on the nose, intermixing citrus flavors with flinty aromas. Intense, pure and mineral on the palate, this dry, austerely-firm structured wine reveals remarkable vitality, power and tension in the very long and salty finish. Very crystalline and refined, but still too discreet to evaluate its true class precisely. The 2012 Brand was fermented down to three grams of residual sugar and 12.5% alcohol. (SR)  (10/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Bright straw-green. Perfumed white flowers, quince paste and intense mineral notes give this wine an austere quality on the nose and in the mouth. Hard as nails today, but clean and very long on the finish. Although it went through full malolactic fermentation, it's still carrying 8 grams of acidity, as the wine began with what Isabelle Meyer described as an abnormally high level of malic acid. (ID)  (4/2015)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- 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.


- 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.