2012 Domaine Fernand Engel, Riesling “Cuvee Engel” Alsace, France.
With Spring fully singing now, my thoughts return to one of favorite grapes, Riesling and it’s zest freshness that makes everything feel refreshed and alive after the cool winter months. This terrific value priced Riesling from France’s Alsace region really turns on the charm and gives lots of expressive flavors with tropical and earthy layers, spice and mineral riding on a light to medium palate of crisp and tangy tension and subtle intensity. The Fernand Engel estate is farmed organic and uses biodynamic practices in the vineyards, it shows a love of their land and the wines certainly show refinement and terroir, especially this Riesling Cuvee Engel, plus this wine sees good time on it’s lees, this adds depth and richness.There’s floral notes, bright apple, lime and apricot to go with zesty citrus and peachy layers along with pepper, clove, dried rose petals and briny notes. This is classic and groovy Alsace Riesling, subtle lifting acidity drives the engine and detailed mineral, loam and wet stones add complexity beyond the mentioned fruit, finishing with hints of tropical essences, I am in Spring mood with this one, this is a very happy wine, it’s a winner in my book!
($18 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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