This week, I am going to be featuring sparkling wines from Alsace. The common thread among all of the bottles (and many more from the region) is value. Each bottle is under $25 and lovely for summer sipping. Gustave Lorentz Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé is the first bottle that won me over during a recent tasting. It is well-balanced and super food-friendly!
100% Pinot Noir from the Alsace region in France. Vinified according to the “Methode Champenoise”. 12% alcohol and an SRP of $24.
Gustave Lorentz Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé begins with aromas of red fruit and hints of spice. The dry palate offers vibrant acidity along with tastes of strawberries, citrus, and subtle minerality. Refreshing, balanced, and seriously delicious!
Here are my tasting notes from the Wines of Alsace Twitter Tasting on June 27th. Each dry Riesling is distinctively different and perfect for the hot, summer weather that seems to be taking over the country!
Trimbach 2010 Riesling
Beautiful aromas of sweet ginger and fresh flowers are followed with a crisp and vibrant palate. Racy acidity and flavors of peach, lime and ginger make this wine a perfect match for sushi! (13% alcohol, $20, B+)
Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Theo 2011
Opens up with a nose of delicate flowers, peach, orange and anise. The palate has lively acidity and tastes of orange, herbs and lime. The finish is long and the palate shows some depth and character. Only native yeasts were used for fermentation with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. (13.5% alcohol, $30, A-)
Meyer-Fonne Riesling Reserve 2011
This organically farmed Riesling opens with gentle aromas of dried pineapple and citrus. The palate is elegant with noticeable yet soft acidity and tastes of citrus and sweet white peaches. A great wine for those not familiar with dry Rieslings! (13% alcohol, $22, B+)
Domaine Ostertag Riesling Vignoble d’E 2011
To me, this was the most interesting wine in the lineup. Floral aromas with citrus accents. Lively acidity envelopes tastes of white flowers, citrus, peach and minerals. Biodynamic with only native yeasts for fermentation. Definitely my pick to pair with fish tacos! (13% alcohol, $24, A-)