Visiting Alsace

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Helfrich.

Continuing on wines not from California, I dug into a box of samples from Alsace this week. With all the heavy food around I felt like wines that were light and crisp and would contrast entirely with gobs of mashed potatoes and pounds of cookies. In the vein, I pulled out a bottle of 2007 Helfrich Pinot Gris.  The wine had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and retails for $9.99.

On the nose I found honey, lemon, white pepper, and flowers. In the mouth I got lemon, yellow apple, honey, honeysuckle, and apricot.  The wine had a round mouthfeel which surprised me a bit, as I was kind of expecting it to be crisp, but the round mouthfeel made it very nice on its own.


5 Responses

  1. Heads-up: You mis-typed this as a Pinot Gris. Obviously it’s a Riesling from the photos … and I remember you tweeting about this bottle the other night because I had recently tried it too. I got a bit more stone on the nose and sort of a spiced character on the palate, but found it nice overall as well. Cheers.

  2. Oops, thanks Jim…I actually just put up the wrong pictures…I had both within a couple days of each other, haven’t written about the Riesling yet!! My mistake!

  3. Ah. That makes more sense actually. I’ll look forward to the Riesling post.

  4. Alsace- hands down- best region for food-friendly wines to me!

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