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2020 Pinot Gris “Zellberg”

Domaine Ostertag

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Zellberg is a steep limestone hillside beautifully rendered on the label by André’s wife, Christine. The site has enabled the Ostertags to master this style of dry Pinot Gris, vinified in the Burgundian fashion. As it ages—slowly and gracefully, in my experience—it is a worthy rival to white Burgundy in all ways except price. Hot stone and white pepper liven up the backbone of this extraordinarily complex, unique white.

Dixon Brooke

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Domaine Ostertag
Winemaker: Arthur Ostertag
Vineyard: 0.5 ha, 20+ yrs
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Pink Sandstone
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of 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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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