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2015 Pinot Noir “E”

Domaine Ostertag

2015 Pinot Noir “E” Domaine Ostertag - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

This vintage was an important one for André Ostertag. Not only was 2015 the fiftieth anniversary of the domaine, it was also the first vintage with his son, Arthur, working full time in the cellar. Vintage 2015 was one of looking back on the countless accomplishments of the last fifty years, as well as looking forward with the satisfaction of another talented generation on board to mind the next fifty. Almost as if the skies aligned to mark the occasion, the 2015 vintage ended up being beyond exceptional. The weather was hot, for sure, but with a few perfectly timed rains, some clever biodynamic soil management, and teas of chamomile and cactus extract to help the vines through the heat, the Ostertags came out of the cellar convinced that this could be the greatest vintage since the legendary ’47 and ’59. This Pinot Noir, for example, is dark, herbal, earthy, full, and complete, unlike any rouge typically produced this far north. Truly exceptional Pinot from an exceptional family and exceptional vintage. Bravo, and here’s to fifty years more . . .

Chris Santini

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Domaine Ostertag
Winemaker: André Ostertag
Vineyard: 20+ yrs, 0.5 ha
Soil: Gravel, Clay
Aging: Ages in stainless steel tanks for 9 months
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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