2012 Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Reserve Personnelle, Alsace, France.
Weinbach is one of my favorite producers, and Laurence Faller crafts beautiful and flavorful wines, especially her Riesling wines, like her entry level Reserve Personnelle that comes from Clos des Capucins. The Domaine’s Clos is farmed all biodynamic and is set on alluvium, sand and granite gravelly soils first planted by the Capucins monks, it was first mentioned as far back as 890, this is an ancient place with a long history. The wines show vivid flavors, rich layered fruit and wonderful finesse and grace, Faller has a gifted touch and the Reserve Personnelle 2012 is great introduction to the Weinbach wines and the Domaine’s style. The nose is lifted with citrus flowers, orange and spice clove and fig leading to a medium light feeling palate of lime, green apple, passion fruit, peach and tangerine as well as earthy loam, mineral notes and tropical essences. All this and that great balance, elegance and focus brought together with succulent acidity, plus a lengthy finish with a burst of zesty citrus and a touch of apricot and wilted roses. This is gorgeous dry Riesling that has much to offer and joy to bring, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, it will be great with an array of cuisine choices from Asian to cured meats, poultry and a spring picnic spread, delicious stuff this.
($28 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
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