2011 Domaine Ostertag, Pinot Blanc “Barriques” Alsace, France.
Andre Ostertag is making some fantastic wines, and this barrel aged Pinot Blanc is a stunner with subtle elegance, energy and sublime balance. This charming white is dry and lean, but has a smooth texture and plenty of rich details to seduce you. The nose has citrus and apple fruits, a hint of mineral, nuts and honey leading to a bright palate that is both fresh and pleasingly lush showing the deft winemaking touch to make a seamless wine full of character and class. The mouth delivers white peach, honeyed pear, nectarine and lemon/lime notes along with touches of apple butter and wet stones. This Pinot Blanc lacks for nothing and is a remarkable example of what this grape can do when treated right and it is very flexible going with many dishes, though it might be best with cured ham or roast chicken/turkey.
($24 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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