Fresh, unadorned style, with a floral frame to the light-bodied persimmon, pear and green almond notes. Shows good dry cut through the finish.
winemaker’s notes:On the steep hills above the winding Mosel river grow the world’s most celebrated Riesling vines. From their noble grapes, we craft a crisp, refreshing and elegant wine. The balanced taste profile of Clean Slate is created by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throught the Mosel. Grapes from the Lower Mosel provide mineral notes, grapes from the Middle Mosel create a hint of spiciness and grapes from the Upper Mosel supply fresh, peach flavors. The result is clean, fresh flavor that is delicious with food and perfect to share with friends.
Pairs beautifully with Asian dishes, spicy foods, sushi, fish, poultry and pork.
This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs.
Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The “conundrum,” or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.
While the exact blend remains a secret, the 2011 Conundrum delivers its promise of being an exotic, food-friendly white wine that you can’t quite categorize. It’s neither too rich nor too light, with just the right balance of extract, acidity, and spice. It consists of both popular and esoteric white grapes, including–but in no special order–Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, and Muscat Canelli. The various lots are fermented separately so the optimal and most exciting blend can be determined when the wine is ready to be bottled. Some lots are aged in stainless steel while others are aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. Thus the final final cuvée exhibits the best of what both methods impart in harmonious balance. Wine Spectator wrote of the 2010 vintage: “Wonderfully effusive, a bouquet of honeysuckle and jasmine gives way to ripe, fleshy peach, pear, tangerine and melon notes. Rich flavors and supple textures are matched by a refreshing acidity.”
Vineyard: 3 hectares parcel with 45-55 year old vines
Viticulture: Organically farmed since 1975, biodynamic-demeter certified since 1998. Soul worked manually and yields are kept low. All grapes are hand harvested.
Vinification: Gravity fed with no use of pumps. Wild yeast fermentations with no racking of the must.
Aging: Aged on the lees in underground vats for 15 months.
Production: 1500 cases
Notes: “Usually the most mineral-driven and delineated of the lineup, the granite has an elegant nose with pronounced notes of mineral, flint, silex, citrus fruits and oyster shells. The attack is sharp and precise, the palate is crystalline and pure, with salty, mineral notes, combined with chalk and citrus fruits. A transporting wine that promises to be long-lived. “
The perfect light and fruity white wine. The bright acidity balances the subtle fruitiness and medium sweetness. Nice bouquet of lemons and apricots. Good as an aperitif or with light food.
Wine Review: This yellow colored Riesling opens with a ripe peach bouquet with a hint of pear. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, dense and slightly acidic. The flavor profile is a ripe pear with notes of peach and nicely integrated minerality. I also detected a hint of white pepper. The finish remains sweet and its flavors linger for quite some time. This wine would pair well with spicy Thai dishes.
GRAPE(S): 100% Petite Arvine
ALC BY VOL(%): 13.5
VITICULTURE: Practicing Organic
Winemaking Notes: Made from 100% Petite Arvine grapes planted in the Rovettaz vineyard at 700 meters altitude. The wine undergoes a long fermentation on the lees with repeated “batonage” for the first month after fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Bright and fragrant with notes of citrus and fennel, this wine has a solid structure that allows it to be enjoyed young or with substantial bottle age.
About the Estate: The estate encompasses seven hectares of vineyards. The domaine is located in the hamlet of Ollignan on the border of the towns of Quart and Saint Christophe and includes “cru” vineyard sites such as Tzeriat, Rovettaz, Creton and Touren in Quart, plus Tzantè de Bagnere, Merletta and Castello di Pleod in Saint Christophe. After starting out with the traditional Petit Rouge along with some Gamay, Pinot Noir and Petite Arvine, the Grosjeans have planted other local varietals such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta and Vuillermin. Sustainable farming techniques have been in place since 1975: only organic fertilizers are applied and no pesticides or herbicides are used. Natural yeasts are utilized for fermentation.