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Domaine Weinbach Tokay Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Noble Cuvée d'Or 2005

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Pale bright yellow. Pure vibrant aromas of spiced meats and cinnamon. Penetrating juicy acidity gives a refreshing sugar/acid cut to the flavors of spices and floral oils-not to mention striking definition. Pure ripe and intensely flavored gewurztraminer finishing with good lightly tannic grip. Strong for this bottling.Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2007

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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
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External Reviews for Domaine Weinbach Tokay Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Noble Cuvée d'Or

External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

Pale bright yellow. Pure vibrant aromas of spiced meats and cinnamon. Penetrating juicy acidity gives a refreshing sugar/acid cut to the flavors of spices and floral oils-not to mention striking definition. Pure ripe and intensely flavored gewurztraminer finishing with good lightly tannic grip. Strong for this bottling.Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2007


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

This is a pretty wine, with zesty acidity driving honeyed notes of peach, orange peel and a touch of dried guava. The white pepper–laced finish lingers. Drink now through 2018.—B.S. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Cuvee Laurence 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/17/2009

The lush texture is bolstered by tangy acidity and honeyed flavors of dried apricot, star fruit, white pepper and a hint of dried herB.S.. Elegant and deli- cious, with a long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2020.—B.S. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/17/2009

This white is floral and lightly citric, with a lacy texture and concentrated flavors of peach, honey and orange peel. Zesty acidity keeps it lively through the mouthwatering finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2020.—B.S. Wine Spectator. A Riesling wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee St Catherine l'Inedit 375ml


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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Pale bright yellow. Pure vibrant aromas of spiced meats and cinnamon. Penetrating juicy acidity gives a refreshing sugar/acid cut to the flavors of spices and floral oils-not to mention striking definition. Pure ripe and intensely flavored gewurztraminer finishing with good lightly tannic grip. Strong for this bottling.Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2007

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