John Steinbeck’s East of Eden inspired the name for this wine that reached the entrance to paradise: it was harvested just before vendange tardive levels of sweetness had been achieved. André’s talented wife, Christine Colin, designed the beautiful label. Among a cornucopia of aroma and flavor, André found powdered irises when we tasted it together in Epfig. I found it to be quite unctuous, with a plethora of spices, and it finishes dry. A one-time masterpiece from Ostertag that has been fittingly commemorated with a beautiful work of art—two for the price of one!! –Dixon Brooke
To call André Ostertag a revolutionary winemaker is to tell just half the story. He is a pioneer, certainly, but also an ardent environmentalist. After training in Burgundy, André returned to the family domaine in Alsace with renewed zeal: he lowered yields considerably and introduced viticultural and vinification techniques from other regions to his own home ground. He looks for the nuance of terroir rather than the typicity of a grape varietal. André rejects formulaic, scientifically engineered wines, and since going biodynamic in 1997, has been an active member of the natural farming community.
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