2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru Kastelberg
Alsace, France
 
WB Rating: 91

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $20.00 (Wine Access)
 
Type: Riesling
Principal varietal(s): Riesling

Infanticide to drink this wine, I know, but this completely dry Riesling was unexpectedly delicious and compelling as opposed to totally closed. Crisp and pure as a mountain stream, loaded with minerals (it's subtitled "schist" after all) and a complex array of fruits and spices - tart oranges, yellow peaches, ripe melon, caramel apples, baking spices. Because of its dryness, its ever-evolving flavor profile sometimes reminded me of Pinot Gris, sometimes of Viognier, sometimes of Sauvignon Blanc, and sometimes, of course, of dry Riesling! An off-the-charts good buy. - HK 2019-11-25

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