I love this Alsatian producer and am loving this Alsatian blend from Albert Boxler.
The term “Edelzwicker” in Alsace, France, historically -- dating back to the 17th Century -- indicated a wine made exclusively from a blend of the “noble” varieties, i.e., it had to be a blend involving Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and/or Gewurztraminer.
The term became deregulated in the late 20th Century, which explains how Albert Boxler now uses the name for a wine comprised of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris, as a reminder Pinot Blanc is not a noble variety.
Perhaps this wine is both a nod to tradition and a commentary on how things can change. Perhaps this beautiful wine is a pure reflection of what tasted and blended best from the 2017 vintage, notwithstanding the noble (or lack of noble) status of the grapes involved, still deserving of the Edelzwicker designation due to style.
This wine is medium lemon. It has medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas, which include notes of ripe white peach, pear, apricot, cantaloupe, also white blossom, honeysuckle, and wet slate. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium.
Albert Boxler, Edelzwicker, Réserve, Vintage 2017, ABV 12.5%. — 14 days ago
Refreshing chilled red. — 5 days ago
2018. Great value for under $20! — 6 days ago
Barnyard smell but great color and nose and dark purple color. Cherry snd spice with spice nice long finish. Nice classic Burgundy!! — 2 months ago
Fun drinking if perplexing terroir notes (herbal, floral, spicy). Maybe all secondary without the fruit to marry it all? Cross St. Estephe with burgundy…? I’d drink it again but with…maybe pigeon or squab. — 15 days ago
17.5. Classic Chablis nose with a bit of oak. But that goes with exposure. Elegant and balanced, v good fruit, M+ length. — 22 days ago
Pinot Blanc Reserve has never been better! — 2 months ago