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Domaine Ostertag Pinot Gris Fronholz 750ml 2011  
Sku: 1877026*
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Sub-Region: Alsace Aoc
Grape Varietal: Pinot Gris
Type: Still wine, Organic
Reg. 54.99
On Sale $43.99
Buy Domaine Ostertag Pinot Gris Fronholz
Wine Advocate 92 points - Lusciously ripe peach, pineapple and grapefruit dominate Ostertag?s 2011 Pinot Gris Fronholz, whose barrique-elevage ? like that of its immediate single-vineyard siblings ? involves at most 15% new wood, whereas for a long time he employed one-quarter. Silken, glycerol-rich and expansive yet buoyant, this represents an at once more opulent but also more rarified variation on the themes struck in the corresponding Barriques bottling, with almond, smoke, spice, and piquantly cyanic, high-toned herbal notes and mouthwateringly saline adjuncts to a lingering, glowing finish, at once ripe and metaphorically cool, soothing and stimulating. Plan to savor this beauty through at least 2022. (The corresponding Zellberg fermented well into 2013 in its effort to approach dryness and I have not had chance to taste it after it came to rest.) (Aug 2014)

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Wine maker notes
The FRONHOLZ is a very special piece of land with great personality! Its location, as a hill apart from the main Vosges hill range, on the top and South-West facing side of the Epfig hill, makes it special. This is a very rare exposure for vines in Alsace, the whole vineyard being on the Eastfacing slopes of the Vosges foothills. As a result, there is a better photosynthesis, preserved acidity and aromas that are never overripe or exotic due to an intense and prolonged sunlight at the end of the day, and a very good air flow. These climatic particularites allow to produce a rich though very dry, sharp and mineral Pinot Gris. The soil of the Fronholz is made of white sands and quartz stones in the upper layer, and clay deeper down. The vines are farmed using biodynamic principles, as is all the domaine’s vineyard since 1998.

Food pairing
The FRONHOLZ, one of our virtual Premier Cru brings its straight and dry character to the Pinot Gris, giving it a great mineral structure and salty notes typical of this great terroir. This great Pinot Gris responds well to uncooked fish and oysters and has an exceptionnal longevity (more than 15 years).

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