Alsace Grand Cru, France; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Mar
After the regular Helfrich 2008 Pinot Gris was so good, I jumped at this bottle, and I was not disappointed.
The wine shows solid flavors of rich honeysuckle, yellow peach / lighter apricot, yellow pear, non-aromatic white pear, its ripe fruit and light sugar reasonably well-balanced with acid and greenish grape skin bitterness. I did not get the spice so much, but Don mentions “spice and mineral notes.” The start of the taste made me think it would be a heavy, monolithic wine, but the taste is long, and its complexity and balance emerge, although I wouldn’t have minded a little more acid. Soon after opening, there is a slight hint of the wine’s becoming too old, a tiny amount of yellow raisin / sourness, but I thought this aired out pretty quickly. Still, I’d recommend drinking it very soon. My bottle went nicely with a sushi dinner, including standing up to the notorious uni.