Alsace

Barth 2014 Alsace Riesling

This is a classic dry Riesling from Laurent Barth. Plenty of complexity and salinity with nice granitic character in the finish, but still round enough to please a variety of palettes.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2016 Alsace Pinot D'Alsace Vieilles Vignes

80% of the wine is from the heart of the press of Pinot Auxerrois, and 20% from a parcel of Pinot Noir (direct press) that Laurent acquired in 2016. This is a beautifully structured wine, simultaneously charming and serious, with  ripe stone fruit on the nose and ample acidity on the palate. A rare and special treat!   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

Brand, Charles et Philippe 2015 Alsace Fleurs

80% Pinot Gris and 20% Riesling from Philippe Brand in Alsace. There's a delicate floral aroma here, and plenty of orchard fruit on the nose (apples and pears). Ripe, with long mineral finish and a subtle oxidative lean, it should be a welcome addition to a Thanksgiving meal - flavorful enough to stand up to all of that food, and with plenty of acidity to cleanse the palate!   EL

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Riesling

Frick made two versions of the GC Steinert Riesling in 2012, one with filtration and the addition of a small amount of SO2 at bottling, and a second with no filtration and no sulfites added. He took great interest in watching my father and I taste the two, and the anticipation of our response was accompanied by a touch of childlike excitement. I think I remember him being quite pleased that we both preferred the second version. Truth be told, I like them both. The first had a bit of residual sugar, and was very classic, but I ended up preferring the second because it was drier, and had a subtle salinity to it that carried the wine on the palate in a much more interesting way. There's a touch of honey dew melon, lemon, and saffron, and is a bit fleshy on the palate. The Steinert parcel is oriented East, on a terroir of limestone, with relatively dry soil. A great wine to have over the course of many days.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2015 Cremant d'Alsace Blanc de Noir Sans sulfite ajouté

Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir), and no slouch, this is a big, broad, red-fruited Cremant with no SO2 added. 2015 was a hot year in Alsace and it shows here, with depth, richness and mouth-filling brioche/yeasty notes. The finish is very mineral and dry, which is a nice effect after the explosive attack and mid-palate.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2017 Alsace Strangenberg Pinot Noir

This is a lovely and perfectly full Pinot Noir from a vineyard with iron rich red soil, and limestone terroir. The parcel is nestled on a plateau at 400m, giving this site the highest elevation for the Fricks Pinot Noir vines. Due to the breeze, harvest here is usually about 10 days later than their other site, 'Rot Muhrle.' There's a touch of Pinot spice on the palate, but it's mostly ripe, silky fruit and a very clean, subtle finish. There's very little perceptible tannin but it still drinks like a wine with some backbone. A side note: Amanda and I tasted the 2003 Strangenberg, also with no SO2 added like the 2017, and interestingly enough also kept under crown cap, as the Fricks like to do. It was beautiful, and it turns out the Fricks saved a bunch, so we'll have some cases next year!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Vorbourg Pinot Gris Maceration

Though it seems like a relatively new category, it turns out winemakers in Alsace have been making skin contact wines for some time. The first may have been Bannwarth, who experimented with qvevri (georgian clay anforae). Then, along with the Fricks, JF Rietsch, Patrick Meyer, and Bruno Scheuller. From the Grand Cru Vorbourg vineyard, this is Pinot Gris with 10 days of skin contact and no sulfites added. The color is a deep auburn/ruby in the glass, almost reminiscent of a light red. On the palate, it's balanced and clean, with faint tannin, peach fuzz, and subtle red fruit. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jean Ginglinger 2016 Alsace Lerchenberg Riesling

This is a truly beautiful  Riesling that involves a year-long infusion, where grapes are loaded into a sack (think of a really large tea bag or cheesecloth sack) and infused with the wine over the course of a year. It's a useful technique for ensuring the yeasts have food to eat and ferment the wine totally dry. It's also really bizarre and something I'd never heard of before I met Jean. The Lerchenberg vineyard is mostly clay and limestone, providing some sharp minerality. It's just my opinion, but I believe this wine does not just taste good, but feels good. It's a pure no-sulfur wine, and the energy and natural acidity are unparalleled compared with any sulfured wine I've had. A great success and a great Riesling, for immediate consumption or long-term aging. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

Laurent Barth 2015 Alsace Extra Brut Vin Mousseux

Pinot Auxerrois with 5%Pinot Noir. Capped when the sugar is around 17-18g residual. A small amount of red wine was added to give some structure and aromatic complexity. This is a really tasty Pet-Nat with fine bubbles and gentle acidity. Laurent says it's the kind of wine that gives you "juste le temps de bat le sil," (enough time to bat your eyelashes) before it's gone!   EL

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99