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Weinbach Pinot Blanc Alsace Réserve 2011

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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

External Reviews for Weinbach Pinot Blanc Alsace Réserve

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/22/2013

Lovely pale gold hue. This has a classic Gewurztraminer profile, with notes of rose petal, Lychee, chestnut, honey and ripe apricot. On entry it has a rich, oily texture and loads of ripe fruit, yet it comes into focus with refreshing acidity and a b... Geoffrey Binder. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/25/2013

A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/25/2013

(from 25-year-old vines in the Clos): Bright yellow. Archetypical gewurz aromas and flavors of lime, tropical fruit and vanilla, plus a note of smoky bacon. Smooth and suave on the palate, with harmonious acidity lifting the rich flavors on the ve... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Reserve Personnelle 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

Characteristically perfumed, this Pinot Gris is full bodied with a richness of texture. It is complex on the palate with notes of nuts, spice and an edge of citrus fruit. Age this wine and don’t drink before 2016.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Full straw-yellow. Resin and custard complicate pear and apple on the nose. Very concentrated and already irresistible with compellingly pure tropical fruit and delicate smoky flavors framed and extended by lively ripe acidity. Finishes with terrific cut and grip and noteworthy length. About 15% of the grapes were hit by noble rot in 2011. This is just begging for a risotto with porcini. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/25/2013

Full straw-yellow. Resin and custard complicate pear and apple on the nose. Very concentrated and already irresistible, with compellingly pure tropical fruit and delicate smoky flavors framed and extended by lively, ripe acidity. Finishes with ter... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Cuvee Sainte Catherine 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

Full straw-yellow. Resin and custard complicate pear and apple on the nose. Very concentrated and already irresistible, with compellingly pure tropical fruit and delicate smoky flavors framed and extended by lively, ripe acidity. Finishes with terrific cut and grip and noteworthy length. About 15% of the grapes were hit by noble rot in 2011. This is just begging for a risotto with porcini.


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