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A pair of affordable Alsace Rieslings

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%

Technical Data:

  • 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. 

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2006 Hugel Riesling: W.E.P. Rating: 70%

Technical Data:

  • 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.

Conclusion:
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.

  • http://www.binendswine.com Craig Drollett

    Duane,

    Great piece! Both great wines!

  • http://winefoot.com Duane Pemberton

    Thanks Craig – yeah.. I really want folks to get out there and try more Alsace wines for sure – their Rieslings and Gewürztraminer’s rock it hard…