Who produces some of the best German white wines?
France’s Alsace region.
That ability complete ridiculous. But this is an accessible way to anticipate about this allotment of eastern France amid on the German border.
This bend of the angel has continued been a alloy of both cultures. And this is abnormally accurate back it comes to Alsatian wines.
The appearance of the continued wine bottles looks added German than French.
The generally formal-looking wine labels accommodate abounding long, complicated words that would feel appropriate at home on a German wine list.
And back it comes to taste, abounding white wines from Alsace alloy the mineral-like conciseness of French Chablis wines with the pear-like bake-apple flavors of assertive German wines.
But while the white wines of Alsace generally get best of the attention, this absorbing arena additionally produces abounding absorbing red wines, including a advanced arrangement of attenuate Pinot Noirs.
Recently, I tasted a advanced ambit of red and white Alsatian wines. Below, you’ll acquisition my tasting addendum for 12 altered wines.
Let me add that I advised the Alsace white wines in the adjustment listed beneath from drier to sweeter in general. So if you adulation dry wines, you’ll adulation the Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris wines. If you appetite a wine on the sweeter side, go for the Gewurztraminers or Riesling listed below.
One added affair as “Columbo” acclimated to say. There wasn’t a audible bad Alsatian wine I tasted for this article. (And if I anticipation a wine was horrible, I wouldn’t address about it. What’s the point?)
So if you can’t acquisition any of these accurate Alsatian wines or you’re not abiding which one to pick, don’t worry. Odds are you’ll accessible up a abundant red or white wine absolute for any occasion.
WINES RECOMMENDED THIS WEEK
2013 Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc
Let’s alpha with one of the best Alsace wines I tasted for this article. This crisp, beginning wine explodes with flavor. Hints of accomplished blooming angel alloyed with aloof a blow of tartness, this admirable wine reminded me of a aggregate of a French Chablis with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Loire Valley attenuated white wine. But it’s not absolutely fair to analyze this wine to those added regions back this circuitous white wine has a audible appearance all its own. Highly Recommend.
2014 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc
Same grape, aforementioned arena as the aboriginal wine advised aloft but absolutely altered flavors. This one’s added floral, added fragrant. If you like your wines a little added attenuate and hardly added acerb than the added Pinot Blanc above, this is the wine for you. Here, the beginning blooming angel addendum are added subdued, forth with a adumbration of abundance laurel. Absolutely alluring wine.
2016 Emile Beyer Pinot Gris Tradition 2016
This crisp, ablaze auspicious wine bursts with acidity from alpha to finish. Fabricated from grapes developed on a acreage area wines accept been fabricated back the 1500s, this composed white wine has flavors alignment from accomplished pears to broiled apricots. Abundant with seafood or on its own.
2014 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve
One of my admired wineries in Alsace, Trimbach’s Pinot Gris has all the affected and adroitness you would apprehend from this allegorical winery. Dry and reserved, this chaste adorableness has a abundant alloy of flavors, which ambit from almonds and apricots to abundance account and broiled pears. A absolute gem that goes abundant with oysters. Highly Recommend.
2016 Meyer Fonne Pinot Gris Reserve
All three Alsace Pinot Gris wines recommended this anniversary set a aerial bar for fragrant, floral, dry white wines. This adorable wine has agnate broiled bake-apple flavors (hint of apricot and pears with a birr of brittle apple) and a hardly absurd finish. Let me add that this wine goes abundant with annihilation from the sea or on its own.
2011 Albert Mann Grand Cru Steingrubler Gewurztraminer
Slightly sweeter than the Hugel Gewurztraminer advised below, this adorable wine has a wonderful, auspicious finish. Absolute with dessert, this wine won me over with its pearl-like quality. And by that I beggarly brainstorm what a white fair would aftertaste like if it was angry into wine. Yum!
2012 Hugel Gewurztraminer
Hugel hits addition home run with this abundant Gewurztraminer. Whenever I see the Hugel characterization on a canteen of wine, I appealing abundant apperceive it will aftertaste great. And that was absolutely accurate with this dry, ambrosial wine. Brainstorm bubbler a canteen of gold alloyed with abundance account and licorice. I know, that sounds a little weird. But in this case, this admirable wine beginning with flavors gets aggregate right. Highly Recommend.
2013 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Alsace Grand Cru
I’ve continued been a big fan of Rieslings from Germany and, in contempo years, from Ontario’s Niagara arena in Canada. But I was not able for how altered – and how adorable – this French Riesling tastes. This crisp, ablaze wine has a adumbration of acidity afterwards actuality overpowering. Attenuate flavors begin in this wine accommodate a adumbration of pears alloyed with a blow of blooming apples. Accept this wine with ambrosia or afore the alpha of a meal. Highly Recommend.
2016 Ostertag Pinot Noir Les Jardins
Let me say appropriate from the alpha that abounding Pinot Noirs from Alsace are not like the big, able ones you acquisition in California or the subtle, bawdy gems you acquisition in France’s Burgundy arena or Oregon. In general, Alsace’s Pinot Noirs are added subtle, added chaste and beneath abounding bodied. Here, the pleasures are added chaste and nuanced. That was assertive the case with this Ostertag wine. (If you see the two Ostertage wines recommended actuality in a store, this is the one with the red label.) Soft, attenuate and understated, this wine tastes adorable appropriate out of the canteen or alike the day afterwards as well. Flavors accommodate broiled blackberries and cherries, forth with a adumbration of broiled almonds. Very adorable wine.
2014 Ostertag Pinot Noir Rouge E
This added wine from the aforementioned winery that produced the Pinot Noir recommended aloft (this one has a blooming label), this wine has a lighter, added velvet-like finish. Let me add this wine tastes abnormally abundant the additional day – alike smoother and added vibrant. Broiled blackberries and broiled almond flavors accomplish this bright, auspicious wine a admirable acclaim to any meal. In abounding ways, this wine reminded me of a young, Beaujolais red wine. Abundant fun!
2014 Schlumberger Pinot Noir Les Princes Abbes
One of my admired wines of the tasting, this light, ambrosial wine has a slight adumbration of acidity afterwards your aboriginal accessible the bottle. But if you begin this wine or delay until the aing day, that slight adumbration of acidity is replaced by a softer, added angled finish. Beginning blackberry and blooming flavors booty centermost date in this arresting wine. Highly Recommend.
2013 Francois Baur Schlittweg Pinot Noir
My admired Pinot Noir of the four recommended this week, this average bodied red wine aloof gets bigger the best you leave it in the glass. Straight out of the bottle, this wine, has bendable bake-apple finish. A few hours later, those flavors become alike added arresting afterwards actuality overpowering. But it’s the aing day back this wine absolutely hits is stride. A day afterwards aperture the bottle, aggregate became smoother, softer and added refined. Again, this isn’t a assertive red. But that’s allotment of the address of this wine and abounding of Alsace’s best ones. Highly Recommend.
Wine Press by Ken Ross appears on Masslive.com every Monday and in The Republican’s weekend area every Thursday.
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