Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. Historical decisions, wars, and strategic politics have resulted in Alsace being administered separately as its own “region” within the Republic of France. Along with Austria and Germany, Alsace produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world.
- 2011 Meyer-Fonné Riesling Reserve – Lightly straw colored. 12% ABV. Apples, pears and mineral on the nose. Medium body. Great acidity. Lemon, petrol, flowers and a hint of nectarine on the palate. The wine can be found at retail for around $22. Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. My rating: 87 points.
- 2011 Domaine Ostertag Riesling Vignoble d’E – Gold in color. 13% ABV. Peach and floral aromas. Full bodied. I would prefer a touch more acidity. Flavors of stone fruits, tea and spice. $24 at retail. This wine is also imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. My rating: 86 points.
- 2010 Trimbach Riesling – Straw colored. 12.5% ABV. Spice and floral aromas. Nice acidity. Lemon, peach and minerals on the palate. Long finish. Widely available for about $20. My rating: 88 points.
- 2011 Weinbach Riesling Cuvée Theo – Gold in color. 13.5% ABV. Flowers, herbs and mint on the nose. Racy acidity. Mouthwatering, brisk, juicy, rich and intense. Apricot and lemon flavors. Widely available for around $30. My rating: 90 points.
All of these wines are well priced and delicious. You can drink them now or cellar for 3-5 years. A delightful Summer alternative if you grow weary of rosé.
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