Offbeat Spring Whites

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2009 Boeckel Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes Mittelbergheim Alsace 12.5% $17

Stony and savory on the nose with a hint of dried apple peels over a base of meaty and slightly minty green plum fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this has a lovely texture, supple and velvety with flavors that are rather low in the mouth, showing flashes of green apple, green plum and light stemmy herbal notes. The finish is a bit short and simple, showing a hint of bitterness and cider apple flavors that serve as nice contrast for the relative sweetness of the palate, but this does go down easily and should be a cinch to pair with food. 87 points

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  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 66

    It's REALLY disappointing to read these lists where Italian whites are constantly snubbed. Only one Italian variety and it's grown in CA. Spain, on the other hand is CONSISTENTLY represented.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Oh Wayne, Patience. Italian Whites will have a list of their own in just a few days.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 66

    Ah! Now your singin' my canzone! ;-)

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

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