All to many “New World” wine drinkers have never heard of the gorgeous Alsace region of France which started making world-class wines long before the United States was even a pipe-dream. To this day, it still offers up some of the more interesting white wines you’ll find anywhere in the world. If you like lots of minerality, good fruit and ultra-food-friendly wines than you’ll definitely want to seek out wines from this region.
For those not too familliar with this region, here’s a map of where it lies within France – you can click on the map to see a close-up of the Alsace regions.
We got theses wines in awhile ago because we felt that each one presents not only an affordably way to check out Alsace but also have a long history of doing so.
2006 Trimbach Riesling: W.E.P. Rating: 85%
- Alcohol by Volume : 13.25 %
- Residual sugar: 0.9 g./l
- Total acidity in tartaric acid: 7,6 g./l
- Price: $18
Nose: Lemons, steel wool, hints of grapefruit, kiwi and stone.
Taste: Cut open a meyer’s lemon and add a touch of ricola, limestone, river-rock and grapefruit – that’s what’s going on in this wine to me. It has very sharp acidity which means it’ll play nice with a number of food possibilities.
2006 Hugel Riesling: W.E.P. Rating: 70%
- Grape type: 100% Riesling
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Price: $18
Nose: Steel-laced river-rocks, lemon peel, limestone and some grass.
Taste: Wheatgrass, steelies rolling around on the tongue with a good amount of musk, grapefruit and lemon zest. A very short finish which almost seems to evaporate off the tongue – way too short.
As always, don’t listen to me or my opinion without first trying these wines yourself – it’s my goal to get everyone excited about trying wines from all over the world – so please seek these out so you can make up your own mind.