Alsace

Barth 2012 Alsace Gewürztraminer Le Clos

What's an Alsace section without a Gewurztraminer! This one has the perfect level of sweetness. It's not cloying or sticky, but is instead balanced and fresh,  with white flowers and other classic Gewurz aromatics, a rich and textured palate, and great underlying acidity which lends well to the dreamy and majestic finish. Laurent is very careful about sulfur use, with minimal amounts added, so this may not be a wine to age (due to the residual sugar), but why wait? Drink on it's own or with any of your favorite spicy dishes.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Barth 2014 Alsace Racines Métisses

This may be our favorite vintage yet of the Racines Metisses from Barth! The nose jumps out with herbs and white flowers, suggesting Muscat and Gewürztraminer (it's primarily Pinot Auxerrois, with Muscat, Riesling, small amounts of Pinot Gris and a tiny fraction of Gewürztraminer). It's crunchy and crisp, and a bit fleshy too. There's a sense that Barth has attained a level of mastery with his blends, as all of the elements are in balance here. Truly a lovely little snapshot of Alsace. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth 2014 Alsace Riesling Vieilles Vignes

From vines ranging 40-60 years in age, this is a fascinating Riesling from Laurent Barth that has great intensity on the palate, subtle fruit, remarkable density and a very long mineral finish. 2014 is considered by Alsace growers to be an exceptional Riesling vintage, and this old vines bottling certainly shows potential for aging, though it is in such a great place currently that it might be hard to hold onto! Bravo to Laurent Barth for bottling memorable Alsace Rieslings year after year!

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2014 Alsace Pinot D'Alsace

Laurent Barth makes beautifully balanced Alsatian wines from his tiny organic estate in Bennwhir, near Colmar. The 2014 Pinot d'Alsace (Pinot Auxerrois with a bit of Pinot Noir) is a lovely aperitif and a perfect wine for many fish and chicken dishes. Showing pretty aromas of pear, apple and lime-flower with citrus, pear, almond and herbal flavors on the palate - really pretty, round and balanced - this is a great value and a good introduction to the beautiful wines of Laurent Barth.

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boxler 2009 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling Brand

Of the Albert Boxler grand crus, I always find Brand to be the more linear, more architectural, while Sommerberg is prettier, almost pastoral in character. The 2009 Riesling Brand displays the character of the vintage and climat: rich and ripe, but well-structured beneath the fruit. The nose is a melange of  lovely orchard fruit, sea spray and a hint of petrol. The palate is powerful,  textured, and deeply mineral, verging on salty. The finish is dry, sinewy, a quite long. This is still quite young, displaying more cut  and less generosity than the Sommerberg from the same vintage. Impressively put together, if just approaching adolescence.  Despite it's youth, this is a fine Riesling to pair with tea-smoked duck, or roasted pork.  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

Boxler 2009 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling Sommerberg

Comparing the grand crus  at Albert Boxler (not even taking into account the lieu-dits/letter designates) has one  grasping for descriptors or analogies. Both are deeply mineral, but Sommerberg is perhaps the prettier, more supple of the two;  Brand is powerful, structured, even a bit angular. Tasting both crus from single vintage is always an interesting (and delicious) exercise. The 2009 Sommerberg is dense, rich, and more subtly mineral that the leaner Brand. Floral on the nose with aromas of apple blossom, honeysuckle, and pear skin. The fruit is more generous, with pretty notes of baked pear, acacia honey, and lemon curd giving way to a dusty stoniness on the supple, textured finish. This is quite lovely, if less punchy than the Brand in 2009. That said, this was delicious with  steamed fish  with ginger and scallions and superlative with lobster chow fun. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $57.99

Dirler-Cade 2012 Alsace Riesling

This is an impressive Riesling, sourced from vineyards in the Grand Cru sites of Spiegel et Kitterlé, making it an incredible deal for a "basic" Riesling (without Lieu-Dit or Grand Cru designation). Stones and white flowers on the nose, with laser-like acidity on the palate, and only a hint of fruit. Up to a year of lees aging gives the wine nice density and length. It's at a great spot for drinking now, and will likely improve for many years to come.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dirler-Cade 2013 Alsace Cremant d'Alsace Brut Nature

During the 19th century, the Dirlers, along with the Dopff de Riquewihr family, were the pioneers of 'vin mousseux' in Alsace. Production lulled in post-War years, but they're back in the game now and we're happy to present this delicious Brut Nature Cremant from the undisputed OG's of Alsatian sparkling wine! Mostly Pinot Gris and Pinot Auxerrois, with a small amount of Pinot Noir. There's subtle hint of fresh bread on the nose, and a touch of orchard fruit on the palate, but the wine is dominated by a stony, mineral backbone. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for less than a year before being kept sur latte under capsule for around a year and a half. This is Methode Champenois, no dosage. Refreshing, crisp, and a must for fans of great bubbles.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignoble des 2 Lunes 2012 Alsace Pinot Blanc Apogee

A wine with a nice arc, the 2 Lunes Pinot Blanc is at first crispy and fresh with crunchy acidity, and then evolves, becoming softer and rounder with time, opening up to reveal lovely floral aromatics and stone fruit. The 2 Lunes wines utilize a sweetness scale, from 0 - 5, which is indicated on each of their cuvees.  This one gets a 1/5 on the sweetness scale, but whatever residual sugar exists is balanced by  the minerals and acid, leaving a simple impression of ripe orchard fruit. Very enjoyable on its own, this Pinot Blanc will pair perfectly with anything from salads to fish or poultry.

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignoble des 2 Lunes 2013 Alsace Riesling Genese

Textbook Alsace Riesling from 60 year old vines. The nose is all white stone fruit and a hint of petrol. A very pleasant and palatable acidity frames the wine from beginning to end, and the finish is remarkably long, my guess due to the beautiful minerality of the wine and to the Beuchers' old vines. Residual sugar is only 2.7 grams, and the wine is given a 0/5 on the 2 Lunes sweetness scale. This is dry Riesling through and through, but with enough fruit and density to charm.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur