An Alsatian Old Vines Riesling

Can we get a fine Alsatian Riesling at this price? ...

Alsatian Old Vines Riesling

Alsatian Old Vines Riesling

I tend to like Alsatian wines and I tend to like Rieslings, so this may be a slam dunk. Maybe. This winemaker has been around for some fifty years. Actually itís a cooperative englobing over 200 wine growers. The city of Turckheim is surrounded by a medieval wall with three portes opening to the Munster Valley, the Porte des Vins, and the city of Colmar. If you are there between May and October check out the traditionally dressed night watchman making his rounds at about 10 pm singing traditional songs. And in mid-August make sure not to miss the Alsace Wine Fair. Donít drive. The companion wine is a Mosel, Germany sweet Riesling at about two-thirds the price.

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Wine Reviewed
Cave de Turckheim Vielles Vignes 2009 12.5 % alcohol about $14.

Letís start by quoting the marketing materials ďTasting Note : Fantastic characteristic notes of wet stone minerality and lime citrus with grapefruit and orange tones too. The nose is also beginning to show a very nice petrol quality. Quite racy in the mouth, with very strong reflections of the aroma profile. This old vine Alsatian is an impressive wine; try it out with friends and some deep-fried calamari. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2012)Ē And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was long and almost sour with some of that famous (and really not all that likeable) Riesling petrol. The main dish was a baked chicken leg spiced with cardamom, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, and onions. In response the liquid took on some citrus and smoke. A side dish of baked onions softened this wineís acidity. It darkened and I got a burnt taste. The libation did a good job of handing the grease in the accompanying potatoes but its acidity wasnít round enough. When paired with zesty guacamole smoke dominated the contents of my glass.

The second meal began with a homemade vegetable soup that rendered our Alsatian friend smoky and yet sweet. It was fairly long. The centerpiece was chicken and beef meatballs enlivened with a mixture of coriander, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and caraway seed. In response the fermented grape juice was smoky with a burnt taste and yet it was still sweet. Steamed quinoa strengthened this wine. Fresh strawberries muted the drink; the burnt taste remained, and nothing else.

The final meal focused on an omelet containing red pepper, black pepper, cumin, coriander, and flax seed. The libation responded with a dark burnt taste and pleasant acidity. It was quite long. The side dish of homemade roasted eggplant brought some wood and charcoal to the mix. Poached pears in allspice and cinnamon caused Whitey to weaken, offering some smoke and unbalanced acidity. When accompanying a slice of poppy seed cake the drinkís harsh acidity was dominant. There was a burnt, smoky taste.

Final verdict. I was quite disappointed. Maybe I should have not brought along my expectations. They were not met.

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About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine websites include    and

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