This is a wonderful Riesling made in the Alsace region of France. It is a distinct style that is different from neighboring Germany. In Alsace it can be hard to tell if a wine is dry or sweet. This one is dry. It is young and needs more time, but even so, it provides a lot of pleasure today. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has minerals, orange peel and slight peach. On the palate, this is full bodied and slightly viscous. Delicious. Notes of orange peel and peaches carry thru along with a hint of ginger over a mineral base. This wine needs a decade at least until
One of my favorite Alsatian wineries and my favorite bottling of theirs. This vintage is no exception. Light yellow god in color, but also quite intense. On the nose, this is pretty with peaches, baking spice and a nice minerality. On the palate, this is just slightly sweet. A bit viscous. The peaches carry thru but also also a steely quality. Consumed over two nights, it was better on the second night. More complex and deep, but still very lively and little oxidation. Long finish. This should continue to improve for the next seven to ten years and be good for ten to fifteen after
This is a sweet wine though no markings on the bottle to indicate that. It was served after a meal and worked well. Not cloying but more than off dry. Light golden in color. The nose has honey and apricots. Also a bit of ginger. This is viscous. On the palate, the honey and apricots come thru. Enough acidity to bring it all together. Will work well with fruit desserts or on its own. Seems to be cruising along just fine so at least another five and probably ten years at this level.
1988 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Vendange Tardive, France, Alsace, Wine Review
The evening wasn't quite done and this fit the bill for a little something sweet to finish the night. From a 375ml bottle. Deep golden/orange in color. The nose is pretty with lychees, oranges and slight simple syrup. Also a nice underlying minerality. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. Much fresher than a bottle a couple of years ago. Lychees, apricots with a bit of sweetness. A nice bit of acidity to balance things out. Long finish that was clean and without bitterness. Just delicious and interesting to sip on its own, it would work with a slightly sweet dessert.
Beautiful showing for this bottle. Gorgeous color if a bit worrisome. A deep burnt orange color. The nose is very nice with a slight petrol quality along with apricots and slight honey. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. Not as sweet as it was in it's youth though still some sweetness. Peaches, slight honey, slight almond note on the finish. Complex and deep. It is evolving nicely and well stored bottles should continue to be a treat for a while. This went well with a salad and will probably have more synergy with lighter foods at this point in its life.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir. Salmon pink in color. Head has larger bubbles. The nose is nice with strawberries and slight apple notes. A bit lean and crisp. On the palate, flavors of strawberries continue thru along with some watermelon. There is a slight bitterness on the mid-palate. Overall, this drinks easy. Worked well with some cheeses. Made a nice starter at a party.
An interesting blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling. It was sold for $20 which is a nice value. Light gold/green in color. Oddly, this seems to have some trapped CO2 in the bottle as it shows up on the glass if the not the palate. Neither varietal seems to be very pronounced on the nose, although both show up a bit. Slight lychee, apricot and minerals. On the palate, this is viscous. A perception of sweetness but seems dry though ripe. Lychees and apricots. Good finish. Will work well with Indian or Thai food.
Produced at Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg. This was (surprisingly?) a couple of steps up from the 2015. Light golden in color. Great nose of Lychees and slight canned peaches. On the palate, lively acidity cuts through the slight sweetness. Lychees and peaches with underlying minerality. Despite the acidity, the wine is round. Will work great with spicy foods (this Asian) and lighter foods. It retails for $17 which is a great value.
Produced at Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg. The nose has minerals and slight peaches. On the palate, there are more peaches but underlying minerality. Slightly oily texture. Nice acidity. Will work with lighter and medium bodied foods and on its own. Retails for $17 which is a nice value.
What a delicious wine. Golden in color. The nose is gorgeous with lychees, and slight canned peaches in heavy syrup. On the palate, this is viscous. Slightly sweet but not dessert level. Honey and peaches with good acidity. Would work great with spicy foods. Long finish. This is sweet enough to not please though who insist on dry wines, but for those more varied in their tastes, this is delicious. Young, this drank better on day 2. It does have a touch of a bitterness that one sometimes finds in Gewurztraminer. Enough to notice, not enough to mar the flavors of enjoyment. This r