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Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé NV

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

The season of lights continues with this mercurial Cremant d'Alsace from Lucien Albrecht. Glinting copper and rose gold in the glass, it's an expressive wine, trimmed with apricot and quince, red berries and spice—notes that rise and tumble through an alluvion of cascading bubbles. In the mouth, this 100% Alsatian Pinot Noir is fresh and vivid, with concentrated layers of fruit. Highly recommended. Sample Lucien Albrecht 9.0 Points...

Dopff & Irion Crémant d'Alsace Rosé Brut NV

Dopff & Irion Crémant d’Alsace Rosé Brut NV

A luminous salmon-hued sparker, Dopff & Irion's Brut Rosé is composed of 100% Pinot Noir and opens with a cascade of lively bubbles that give rise to a chorus of citrus, raspberry, alpine strawberry, and spice notes. Nice energy on the palate, with acidity that ebbs and flows as it darts through clean layers pink grapefruit pith and nuanced limestone minerality. (For those of you who love sparkling wines and are looking for a good value, Crémant d'Alsace is a region to seek out.)12.5% ABV | Sample Dopff & Irion 9.0 Points  ...

Gustave Lorentz Crémant D'Alsace Brut

Gustave Lorentz Crémant D’Alsace Brut NV

The color of sun-bleached straw, this charming Crémant D'Alsace from Gustave Lorentz opens with a lively torrent of fine bubbles and inviting layers of baked yellow apple, smokey pear, granulated honey and sea foam. In the mouth, orchard fruit is couched in blithe minerality and weightier layers of marzipan and wet dough. Finishes on a mineral note. Crushed stones, wet shell. 12.0% ABV | Sample Maison Gustave Lorentz 8.9 Points...

Camille Braun Crémant d'Alsace Brut

Camille Braun Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV

Really loving this year's crop Crémant d'Alsace sparklers, including this honey-hued biodynamic blend of 60% Auxerrois and 40% Pinot blanc from Camille Braun. It's expansive on the nose, expressing baked apple and poached pear along with a heady topnote of shortbread, brioche, and earth. In the mouth, there's weight, but there's nice palate tension, too—a sensation that comes across as a bright, pleasant streak of bitterness—pink grapefruit pith puncturing wet dough. 12.5% ABV | Sample Domaine Camille Braun 8.9 Points ...

Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Noir Alsace 2014

Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Noir Alsace 2014

From Pinot Noir vines grown in limestone and marl, the initial impression is somewhat vegetative—dried moss and damp tilth, with a daub of iron ore. It's a quality that burns off like morning fog. With time and air, a different suite of aromas surface, classic notes of alpine strawberries and sour cherries. It's sweet, round and juicy on the palate with a finish infused in white pepper. 13.0% ABV | Sample Domaines Schlumberger 8.8 Points...

Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2015

Albert Mann Gewürztraminer 2015

The volume is turned way up on this 2015 Albert Mann Gewürztraminer, it explodes with pungent aromas of canned pear, lychee, musk melon, jasmine, and spice. Nervy acidity cleanly dissect a palate that is rich and viscous—there's lots of energy and tension in this wine along with a finish strewn with white pepper, jasmine tea, lemongrass and crystalline minerality. A wonderful value. 14.0% ABV | Sample Domaine Albert Mann 9.1 Points ...

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc Alsace 2014

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc Alsace 2014

Soaring aromas of yellow peaches, mango, dried mint, and wet limestone—this is classic Alsatian Pinot Blanc. The palate boasts moderate weight with a spritely arching spine of oyster shell, pleasantly bitter peach skin, and grapefruit pith pit co-mingling with flecks of sea salt. A wonderful ying yang between lushness and vivid acidic verve in this Zind Humbrecht. Sample Domaine Zind Humbrecht 8.9 Points...

François Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Réserve NV

François Baur Crémant d’Alsace Brut Réserve NV

A winsome blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris that sees 12 months aging sur lie the François Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Réserve is pale straw with aromas of baked apple and rustic peach pie, with a top note of dried mint. The attack boasts high acidity carving a wide swath through orchard fruit and lemon pith. There is a bit of yeast, nutmeg and baking spice on the back palate that gently ebbs to a mouthwatering finish. 12.0% ABV | Sample François Baur 8.9 Points...

Hugel Riesling Alsace 2013

Hugel Riesling Alsace 2013

Hugel is always solid, and reasonably priced. It was my pleasure to taste this gem at a Wines of Alsace dinner in Portland. White flowers, white peaches and a quaint dab of kerosene, this is classic Alsatian Riesling. It boasts a "straight backbone", as our dinner host Thierry Fritsch described it, inlaid with stone fruit, and feels dry, even with 7.45 g/l residual sugar, enough to give it lushness and depth. This is one producer that is never disappointing. 12/4% ABV | Sample Domaine Hugel et Fils Hugel & Fils 8.9 Points...