Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Riesling, AOC Alsace – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Location: From Thann in the Haut-Rhin to Kintzheim in the Bas-Rhin
    • Size: 29 hectares (71.7 acres)
    • Vine Age: 28 years
    • Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Early October
    • Yields: 80 hectoliters per hectare (5.9 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature controlled, no malolactic
    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    • Alcohol: 12%
    • TA: 8.46g/L
    • RS: 7.7g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • In the glass, pale yellow that gleams in the light with green reflections. The 2013 Riesling opens with aromas of lemon peel and green apple, followed by a light touch of yellow banana and delicate green grenadilla (passion fruit). Upon aeration, notes of sweet cherry blossoms are framed by minerally firestone aromas. On the palate, it is smooth, with soft acid, a well-balanced, light body and a softly spicy finish. This wine gives the initial impression of a gentle lightweight but will win over every Burgundy lover.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve as an apéritif or with salmon fillet in a fennel sauce, shellfish or light fish terrine.

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Reviews

  • Riesling, AOC Alsace – 2013 – 91 points – The Planet Grape Wine Review

    "Dry and tart with notes of lime zest, green apple, chalk and white flowers."

  • Riesling, AOC Alsace – 2013 – Wine Review: Alsace a refuge in France-Germany border war – Springfield Business Journal

    "…spicy fruit aroma that is dominated by citrus and elderflowers. The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of tangerines. None of the flavors are up front directly but instead mingle with each other to produce a melange of summer fruits.”

  • Riesling, AOC Alsace – 2013

    This wine opens with aromas of lemon peel and green apple, followed by delicate green passion fruit. Upon aeration, cherry blossoms are framed by minerally aromas. It is smooth, with soft acid, a well-balanced, light body and a softly spicy finish.

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