2015 Andre Ostertag "Fronholz" Riesling Alsace (Biodynamic)

SKU #1310830 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Peach and tangerine unite to create an utterly seductive nose: luscious juicy flesh is defined by aromatic spice and zestiness. These opposites play off each other and create something that is alive and vigorous, joyful and precious. There is concentration and poise, structure and texture, but none of this concerns the hedonistic forces at play. They just want to express their careless exuberance. There is something defiant about this dry concentrated wine. Perhaps it is a welcome and encouraging counterweight to so much sadness in the world. (AK)  (8/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 This cool and youthful dry Riesling has lovely candied citrus and herbal notes with excellent depth and a long, complex finish that's full of energy. Delicious now, but should easily keep for a decade. Organic grapes. Demeter certified.  (6/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the top of the hill and grown on sand and quartz, the 2015 Fronholz Riesling opens with a fascinatingly clear, precise, fresh and stony/mineral bouquet with lemon and floral aromas. Picked on September 22, this is a full-bodied, rich, intense and elegant but cool Riesling with juicy tropical fruit flavor, a silky texture and fine tannins in the long, elegant, sensual and very aromatic finish. This is a remarkably good Riesling on the Premier Cru level. André Ostertag and his team have produced an impressive range of 2015s. Although I don't know even a considerable fraction of all the 51 vintages in the history of the family domaine, founded by André's father in 1966, the 50th—the 2015 vintage—should be one of the very, very best... The wines are not just perfectly ripe, rich and highly concentrated, but they are also very precise, fresh and expressive in their terroir character. The aging potential of almost all the wines should be terrific: They are full-bodied, intense, firmly structured yet pure and very long. A vintage like 2015 will not be repeated that often, and readers should take the chance to grab as many bottles as they can. (SR)  (6/2017)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2017 | Send Email
This one really has it all. Purity of fruit, a touch of richness, length, balance and complexity. An exotic nose of orange blossoms, peaches, citrus and slate welcomes a surprisingly racy palate of more stone fruits, guava, citrus and minerals. Ostertag wound up picking nearly a month earlier than usual and the pay-off for doing so is very evident already. This is quite clearly a Grand Cru site and frankly, I'm not surprised by the exceptional quality of the wine.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2017 | Send Email
I love all of the Ostertag wines, every time I have tried one I do a little happy dance in my mind. The 2015 Fronholz Riesling is yet another reason to do the aforementioned dance, it is just straight up delicious. A wonderfully rich nose with notes of honey, ripe fruit, and petrol lead to a big juice palate. This wine is bursting with peach, nectarine, and other stone fruit but the acid on it keeps it beautifully balanced throughout. The complexity of this wine means it is a great food wine while the sheer enjoyment of drinking it means I may need to get two.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2017 | Send Email
Riesling is hands down one of my favorite varietals, so when I taste a Riesling that I can't stop thinking about, I have to delve into the wine and the winemaker further. The Fronholz Riesling from Andre Ostertag is just such a wine. Ostertag was trained in Burgundy and returned to his family's estate in Alsace looking to develop a biodynamic program to showcase the subtleties of his estate's terroir. The Fronholz Riesling is bright, fresh, mineral-driven deliciousness. The palate is richer and slightly full with a toned down acidity that makes this especially quaffable. It's fruity, floral and I wish I could buy an entire case, but I won't since he produces this amazing wine in such limited quantities. Just beautiful!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2017 | Send Email
A stunning wine that transcends boundaries of varietal and place. This wine has such ethereal power and shimmering energy on the palate. Stunning aromatics of spiced pear, alpine flowers, bursts of citrus, jasmine and white peach. The palate is tactile and concentrated but so elegant and pure; the pristine fruit inflected with fascinating minerality and infinite length. One of the finest Rieslings I have tasted from anywhere on the planet at any price.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
Full-bodied, powerful and muscular Riesling. Dry but with supple fruit of Red Delicious and Jonathan apples. Rieslings from Alsace always strike me as savory and earthy, and Fronholz Riesling is no exception. Distinctly mineral (vineyard's soil is composed of white sand, quartz, clay and marl) it speaks of place and origin. It's firmly structured with lots of freshness without too much of acidity. Drink it now and in the next 20 years!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
This is a complex Riesling as it manages to be complex and intense yet delicate and subtle at the same time. I expected a very dry wine at 13.5% alcohol, but the fruit really shines through and cuts the acidity well, creating fantastic balance. One of the more interesting Rieslings I've had from this area, I would love to pick one up to drink now and one to hold to see how it develops in a few years.

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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 Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, 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.