Pinot Gris / Grigio
750 mL Bottle
"Soft and smoky, with moderate notes of toasted almond, creamed apple and dried apricot, showing just enough tangy acidity for balance. Drink now."
88 Points Wine Spectator
"The Ostertag 2011 Pinot Gris Barriques displays richly ripe, juicy peach and pineapple allied to structure and phenolic cut that are more than able to stand-up to the influence of its (only around 10% new) oak. Lanolin, resin and vanilla mingle with grape-borne brown spices, caraway and peach kernel. Silken and glycerol-rich, this at once soothes and stimulates in a protracted and flatteringly buoyant finish. I imagine it serving well through 2018. “Pinot Gris is the most fragile grape in Alsace,” opines Ostertag, who considers the fungal characteristics that generally prevail with it to be manifestations of low-level botrytis that he picks early and selectively to avoid. “Besides,” he adds, “since we put Pinot Gris through malolactic in barrel, it is especially important not to pick too late because the wine will be too soft and lack freshness.” Asked about the possibility of utilizing larger-sized barrels, Ostertag laughs and says “my cellar is too small to get anything larger than a barrique through the door. And I work alone there so I have to be able to move everything single-handedly.” (The corresponding Pinot Blanc Barriques – whose 2010 counterpart I did not taste – was far less successful, its fruit insufficiently able to withstand the influence of the wood.)"
90 Points Wine Advocate
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Domaine Ostertag Pinot Gris Alsace Barriques 2009
"A more traditional version—very dry and minerally—with a hint of fleur de sel accenting the flavors of melon rind, lemon zest, star fruit, anise and almond. Clean and focused, this is powered by the racy acidity that leaves a lip-smacking impression on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2025."
92 Points Wine Spectator
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