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Domaine Weinbach Riesling Reserve Personelle 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Complex and inviting on the nose where subtle orange rind, almond, wild flower and creamy peach aromas are deftly woven together. Bright and rather effusive on entry, there’s a nice mineral note up front followed by bright if subtle peach and lemon flavors all layered over dried grass and pressed flowers aromas with a hint of honeycomb on the backend. This is rather powerful in the mouth with a suggestion of sweetness given the softness over the acid here, though this finishes quite dry with modest length to the spicy and floral inner mouth perfumes. Still it is a powerhouse and impressie and will no doubt improve in the cellar over the medium term. 90pts

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Domaine Weinbach:
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was est... Read more
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was established by the Order of Capuchin monks in 1612. The “Clos des Capucins” vineyard surrounds the domaine; the prestigious “Schlossberg” vineyard (the first terroir in Alsace to receive the status of Grand Cru), the Grand Cru “Furstentum”, and the adjacent “Altenbourg” vineyard rise above the clos. The domaine has 62 acres of vineyards in the heart of Kayserberg’s hills and valleys. During the French Revolution, Domaine Weinbach was sold as a national property. In 1898, Théodore Faller and his brother Jean-Baptiste purchased the Domaine and five hectares of vineyards and left it to their son and nephew, Théo. Since 1979, the estate has been run by Théo’s widow, Colette Faller, and recently their daughter Laurence took over the winemaking, with Catherine as marketing director. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed directly as whole clusters in modern horizontal pneumatic presses. The must settles for 24 hours at cellar temperature and is slowly matured in large, ancient oak casks, using only indigenous yeasts. Filtering is through diatomaceous earth before bottling, which starts in April and finishes in mid-July. The wines are remarkable for their balance and finesse, their intensity and concentration, which is achieved by drastically pruning the vines to limit yields per hectare to nearly one-half that typical in Alsace. Harvesting is late, done when the fruit attains optimum ripeness. All of the domaine’s wines are produced from their own vineyards, a most unusual accomplishment in Alsace, and are therefore 100 % estate grown and estate-bottled. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Domaine Weinbach Riesling Reserve Personelle

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,751
4.00 5
10/21/2013

Complex and inviting on the nose where subtle orange rind, almond, wild flower and creamy peach aromas are deftly woven together. Bright and rather effusive on entry, there’s a nice mineral note up front followed by bright if subtle peach and lemon flavors all layered over dried grass and pressed flowers aromas with a hint of honeycomb on the backend. This is rather powerful in the mouth with a suggestion of sweetness given the softness over the acid here, though this finishes quite dry with modest length to the spicy and floral inner mouth perfumes. Still it is a powerhouse and impressie and will no doubt improve in the cellar over the medium term. 90pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,751
4.50 5
10/21/2013

Four and a half glasses



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