Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Vineland Alsatian Three: 2005 Pinot Gris - $16.95, 2005 Pinot Blanc - $18.95, 2006 Gewurztraminer - $14.95

Tasted in conjunction with each other these wines make up what Vineland lovingly calls the Alsatian three – because all three wines have their roots in the Alsace region of France, and make for an interesting comparison when tasted side by each. The Pinot Gris is the floral and fruity member of the grouping, great acidity, lemony and extremely fresh this bottle is an ideal hot weather wine. The Pinot Blanc is the more memorable because of its extremely aromatic nature – it exhibits a mineral freshness along with citrus and floral. The mineral comes through on the palate with pineapple and lemon along for the ride. There are very few Pinot Blancs made in Niagara, so not only is it delicious, it’s a rarity. Finally we have old reliable, Gewurztraminer, with its floral and a spicy aromas, while in the mouth it develops in 3 stages: spicy at first, floral second, and a rose petal finish … this one’s light, enjoyable and immensely sippable with a lengthy pronounced finish.

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