Grapefruit, lemon, peach, apple and hints of dried apricot. Great acidity and minerality — 6 days ago
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%. — 10 days ago
Revisiting this vintage, almost three years since my first review. Truly a stunning wine at this price point. It has developed a honeycomb and golden apple quality that is reminiscent of Loire chenin, and a combination of minerality and richness that suggests Alsace. But enough with the banal comparisons; this stands on its own as an outstanding white from indigenous varieties. A tad volatile, but it works well for the style. Terrific food companion and one of the finest values out there. — 11 days ago
This wine is lightly tinted yellow. The nose is full of citrus and minerals - that smell of a wet sidewalk is in there. There is also a trace of apricot and a hint of an herbal note - not full-blown grassiness, but edging in that direction. The palate is very clean and lean. The citrus takes center stage with the minerality staying close. I usually think California SauvBlanc is riper than anywhere else in the world, but this example does not follow suit. It is a bit tart, but with the usual Sauvignon trappings quite muted. I suppose the Semillon helps out in that area. The acidity is light enough for easy sipping, yet strong enough to handle some non-demanding pairing jobs. I think this is actually a pretty good Sauvignon Blanc for people who think Sauvignon Blanc comes on too strong. — 6 days ago
Still one of my favorite ever Cab Francs. It loses the bell pepper bite a bit as it ages (just drank this in 2021) but develops a deeper and more nuanced flavor profile that is also very enjoyable. — 20 days ago
Kitchen sink blend from South Africa: sorta all over the place, complex nose of lemon custard, apple, orchard fruit, white flowers, roasted nuts, butterscotch & honey. Silky suave on palate, oily, vibrant acidity - clean finish w/lanolin - quinine. Don’t know if these varietals belong together but it holds together just enough to pull it off. — 6 days ago
This was fantastic. Definitely the peak of the night. It was luscious, well rounded and accessible. It was decanted and opened up beautifully - with strong black fruit, black cherry, black berry flavors, right alongside some enticing charred meat flavors. The color was quite exquisite too. — 5 days ago
This sparkler carries the new Corpinnat designation, meaning it's no longer Cava. Pale lemon with citrus and stone fruit aromas with biscuit notes and good bubble flow. Clean fresh palate of apple and pear with lime citrus zest flavors. Medium+ finish ending with wet stone minerality and citrus character. A nice alternative to a French Champagn. — 11 days ago