Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

Getting serious during the OWE 2018 Best of Show judging round

The results of the 2018 Oregon Wine Experience Competition are in and have recently been announced, and since I was more-or-less directly responsible for said results, I thought that I’d share some of them with you all here.

Before I do, however… a couple of thoughts/insights/dime-store-philosphocal-treatise on the experience of the OW Experience:

  • Wildfires suck; we hardly saw a clear, smoke-free day during the competition, and while the ever-present used-fireplace smell is somewhat pleasant, the destruction behind it all certainly isn’t anything short of tragic, and major props are due to the firefighters who shared my flights into and out of Medford for their difficult, tireless work in fighting the recent blazes.
  • There’s (much) more to Oregon than Willamette Valley. Duh. Southern Oregon is a lot smaller in volume, less developed in both land and sense of place, warmer in climate, and diverse in potential vinous offerings than its more famous northern wine AVA siblings. What should have wine geeks excited and giddy is that the premium fine wine scene in S. OR is really just getting its groove on, and the results are ridiculously promising already. The fact that the region is probably among the top ten most beautiful wine country settings in the world is just icing on the cake. To wit…
  • You’ll see a lot more coverage of some key S. OR producers here over the coming weeks, because I found their stories – and their development in wine quality – quite compelling. More to come.

Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

Anyway, here are some of the wines that wowed our judging panels at the 2018 OWE Competition…

Best of Show Red: Old 99 Cellars, 2014 TEMPRANILLO [ Editor’s note: good luck finding it, though :-(  ]
Best of Show White: Awen Winecraft, 2017 VIOGNIER
Best of Show Specialty category: Quady North, 2017 GSM ROSÉ  [ Editor’s note: the Quady winemaking team kicked total ass in this year’s comp., and are responsible for a number of the medal-winning wines; just sayin’. ]

Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

Here are the Double Gold award winners, by region:

EOLA/AMITY HILLS

HOOD RIVER

Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

Gettin’ all judge-y n’ sh*t on my 2018 OWE panel

UMPQUA VALLEY

Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

ROGUE VALLEY

Oregon Wine Experience 2018 Competition – Results

APPLEGATE VALLEY

 

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Go West (Again), (Not-So) Young Man! (The Oregon Wine Competition 2018)

We can surely file this one in the I-still-can’t-believe-that-I’ve-fooled-everyone-for-so-long pile: I’ve been asked to judge yet another wine competition. This time, it’s the 2018 incarnation of The Oregon Wine Competition, part of the more comprehensive Oregon Wine Experience, taking place August 20-26, 2018 in Jacksonville, OR, and benefiting Asante Foundation and Asante’s Children’s Miracle Network.

Historically, 100+ Oregon wineries have participated in this event, which makes it one of the (if not the) best ways to get a deep dive into the state (see what I did there?) of the entire OR wine scene.

I’m looking forward to getting my mouth (and the rest of me) back in OR, and to putting the competition’s 100% Oregon AVA wines under the palate microscope (palmiscope?). In that latter regard, I’ll be joining five distinguished members of the wine biz who are also judging, and most of whom have much more impressive initials after their surnames than I do.

Go West (Again), (Not-So) Young Man! (The Oregon Wine Competition 2018)

For those of you reading this who have OR wine that they’d like to enter, here are the pertinent details. (note that only wines composed of 100% grapes grown in officially-recognized Oregon AVAs, with TTB-approved labels, and produced by Oregon-licensed wineries are eligible).

The rest of you lushes who are thinking of getting in on the action can purchase tickets to this everything-Oregon event, and maybe come and heckle me while I’m working.

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Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

[ Editor’s note: Yes, I realize that tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. No, I don’t feel compelled to write about wine pairings for it, because that topic has been covered, and covered, and covered, and covered, and covered already. If you’re really jonesing for Turkey Day wine help, see previous coverage of that here on 1WD, all of which is still relevant. ]

Every once in a while, I get asked to do really cool things, like judge wine competitions alongside bright, interesting, qualified people who, for reasons that I still don’t fully understand, consider me a peer.

Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

Evan Goldstein, MS, surveys the room during the AWoCA 2017 judging

Such was the case a couple of months ago, when my friend Evan Goldstein (and his Full Circle Wine Solutions biz) asked if I’d be interested in judging the 2017 incarnation of the Anual Wines of Chile Awards, held this hear in his native San Francisco. I’ve worked with Evan and FCWS a few times before, who are top-notch, and we know that Evan knows his shiz when it comes to South American wines in general, so of course I said Hellz Yeah to that.

The winners of the 2017 AWoCA (now in its 14th incarnation) were recently announced at an event in Washington DC, and so I am now officially able to share highlights of the results with you.

What I found most exciting during the unfolding of the AWoCA competition, even more so than the high quality of Chile’s vinous wares in general, was how well Chile’s much-touted diversity was on full, 4KHD-tuned-to-vibrant-color-settings display in the wines that were entered…

First, here are the top-scorers in what many would now consider the usual suspects categories when it comes to Chilean wine:

Best Sauvignon Blanc: Viña Haras de Pirque, Albaclara Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Best Chardonnay: Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea Valle de Leyda Chardonnay 2016

Best Pinot Noir: San Pedro, 1865 Selected Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Best Cabernet Sauvignon under $20: Viña Requingua, Puerto Viejo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

Tough day at the office…

Next, a taste of Chile’s more expensive red side of things, which, yeah, technically has been going on for many years, but I think is just recently being accepted into the general social consciousness as being ok, like the way that we all just decided that The Rock was a funny actor:

Best Cabernet Sauvignon $20-$50: Viña Maipo, Protegido Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Best Cabernet Sauvignon over $50; Best in Show: SANTA EMA, Catalina 2014

Best Carménère $25 and over: San José de Apalta, Carménère Blue Label 2015

Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

My view from Luis Felipe Edwards, back in 2016

Finally, here are the sides of Chilean that you probably were not expecting. For me, they happen to be the most exciting; not just because I am, admittedly, a geek freak for Cab Franc, but also because these wines are stellar examples of why Chile really is that diverse when it comes to wine. Not just that, but one of the wines helps to bolster my claim that Carignan is the best fine red wine grape being grown in Chile at the moment:

Best Other White: Viña Casas del Bosque, Gran Reserva Late Harvest Riesling 2015  (Right? Right?!?? I’ve had my fair share of underwhelming Chilean Rieslings, and this is definitely not one of those).

Best Sparkling: Viña Undurraga, Undurraga Rosé Royal N/V (Admit it, you didn’t expect bubbles to show up here… Further proof, as if we needed it, that the sea-breeze-infused Leyda Valley is one of Chile’s most dynamic areas).

Best Syrah; Best in Show: Viña Casas Del Bosque, Gran Reserva Syrah 2015 (These guys have been doing some interesting things with Syrah for a long time, actually).

Best Carignan/Secano: Luis Felipe Edwards, LFE100 CIEN Carignan 2012

Best Other Red: Viña Valdivieso, Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

Best Red Blend: Viña Cousiño Macul, Lota 2011

 

Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

Obligatory trolley car ride

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37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

All smocked up and ready to go

By the time that you read these, the results of the 37th (!!) annual San Francisco International Wine Competition should be publicly available, so I thought that I would share some of the highlights among the event’s big winners.

The SFIWC is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Under the watchful eyes of Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue and Director of Judging Tim McDonald, SFIWC assembles a top-notch volunteer crew and some of the best and most experienced tasters in the U.S. wine biz (and yes, I’m still trying to figure out why they keep inviting me to judge).

That large, talented team happens to be chock full of some of the funniest, liveliest, and kindest people in wine, and so it’s a real pleasure to interact, work, and generally just break bread with all of those folks.

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

Sweepstakes and super tasting require smocks, not capes…

We also happen to taste some killer juice over that weekend, all done blind within categories, in panels of 3-4 people,  with “super tastings” and an eventual sweepstakes round to help determine the best-of-the-best. It’s from that latter category – the wines fully deserving of having Tenacious D’s To Be The Best as their theme song – that I draw my personal competition highlights…

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)Best in Show Sparkling & Best Brut:
2008 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee Brut Sparkling (Carneros, $37)

This is GF’s late-disgorged, first-pressed marvel of a bubbly, and in my experience one that out-performs some sparkling wines that run $15-$20 higher per bottle. All that aging means more yeasty, briche-toasty-goodness for you, but with ample apple and stone fruit action courtesy of the warm California sun.

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

Best in Show White & Best Other White Varietal Wine:
2016 Pearmund Cellars Petit Manseng (Virginia, $25)

Some would (justifiably) balk a bit in skepticism over a Petit Manseng from Virginia taking a Best in Show trophy nod, but before you join their ranks (and believe me, I understand, because I briefly went there myself), please consider this: a) it’s possible, but not easy, to make excellent Petit Manseng, b) it’s possible, but not easy to make excellent wine in Virginia, and c) it’s very much not easy to make excellent Petit Manseng in VA. To achieve all three, delightfully, and with ample citrus and aromatic joie de vivre that can stand toe-to-toe with much pricier and more recognizable competition is quite an accomplishment, and one deserving of recognition.

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

Another day at the office…

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)Best Furmint:
2015 Barta Oreg Kiraly Furmint (Tokaji, $39)

Included in this list only because it’s a sentimental favorite, and one that I am personally happy to see get serious props from the SFIWC judging squad. Long-time 1WD readers will recognize Barta from my Furmint USA promo days, and it’s good to see some prize-winning by these champions of dry Furmint, who are quite literally salvaging part of the grape variety’s history in Tokaj. As for the wine: think deep, focused, linear, mineral, and lovely.

 

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)Best in Show Red, Best Rhone Varietal Wine, & Best Mourvèdre
2015 Jeff Runquist Wines “R” Three Way Vineyard Mataró (Paso Robles, $32)

This one won’t be easy to find, but those who dig Mourvèdre will want to try anyway, because this red kicks a lot of wine booty and is well deserving of its triple SFIWC winnings. Equal parts dense, spicy, and lively, the dark berry fruit flavors here are buoyed by good acid structure and the kind of black pepper and floral notes over which Mataró lovers go all cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs.

 

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)Best Late Harvest White:
2014 Szent Tamás ‘Mád’ Late Harvest (Tokaj-Hegyalja, $35)

Hungary strikes again, beeeeatches! A traditional blend of Furmint and Hárslevelű, my understanding is that this sipper is made in partnership with Szepsy Winery, meaning that it has some of the resources of one of the world’s truly great winemakers behind it. If anything, this honeyed, floral, spicy, grapey, and delicious nectar is accessible, but for all of its unctuousness it lacks neither complexity or vibrancy.

 

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)Best in Show Dessert Wine, Best Fortified Wine, & Best Port:
1967 Kopke Colheita Port (Portugal $225)

I believe the word we’re looking for here is “ringer.” Hazelnuts, toast, smoke, spice, dried fruits, caramel… this is intense, traditional, and Old School all the way. Monocle, cigar, well-weatherd leather chair, and dark, wood-appointed smoking room not included.

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Drink Madeira With Me In Boston!

Boston wine industry peeps!

I’ll be joining forces with IVBAM and Please the Palate for a trade event focusing on the wines of Madeira on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Committee Boston.

I’m not sure how much ass my presentation will kick, but I can assure you that much ass will indeed be kicked by the wine selections…

Qualified wine biz types can can register for the event at https://madeirawineboston.eventbrite.com/.

Here are more details. Hope to see you there!

IVBAM, Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Institute and the Madeira Wine Producers invite you to enjoy the wine that celebrated the independence of the United States of American in 1776.

Madeira Wine Master Class Seminar – 11:00am – 12:30pm

Presenter: Joe Roberts of 1WineDude

Walk Around Tasting featuring more than 30 Madeira Wines – 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Producers include:

Blandy’s Madeira Wine Company, CAF-Madeira Vintners, Henriques & Henriques, Justino’s Madeira Wines, Pereira D’Oliveira, Vinhos Barbeito

Join us for this exclusive tasting open to qualified wine trade and media only.

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Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

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Each year, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) releases their predictions for the U.S. wine biz for the coming year, and every year I have my (typically snarky) commentary on the report (which, I should add, I usually find to be insightful – the report, I mean, not necessarily my snarky commentary).

The SVB report is Northern-California-heavy, which makes sense, given their clientele. It often makes also contains predictions that one might generously call “favorably perceived” by that clientele; in the 2017 report, for example, we’re told that Millenial consumers will move from imbibing blends into imbibing varietal wines, and will also pay more for the privilege. Which probably has a lot of perennially under-compensated Millenial wine lovers saying, “ok, sure, with what, the money I make by selling my f*cking blood?!??”

What I want to focus on for 2017, however, are two aspects emphasized in the SVB report, one of which the U.S. wine biz seems to be on board with (albeit a bit late), and another with which the U.S. wine biz seems to be, well, not so on board…

First, the good news: the power of Direct to Consumer (DTC) sales seems have gotten through the figurative skulls of America’s wine industry.

Unsurprisingly, the smaller the production, the more likely the winery/brand is to leverage DTC as a sales tool, given that consolidation within the country’s alcohol distribution tier has made cracking into the traditional sales channels more difficult. The empowering thing, as long-time 1WD readers will already have heard ad nauseum, is that engaging the consumers most likely to spend the bucks DTC-wise has never been easier.

Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

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I’m really happy to see this, and to see that smaller producers are increasingly leveraging online the sales king fu that they already have honed at with visitors at the cellar door.

Now, it wouldn’t be a 1WD commentary without tuf-luv style bad news, and so here it is – the wine biz probably isn’t well-poised to engage the next batch of consumers that they will need to woo if they want to remain solvent: my generation, the oft-unrecognized GenX-ers. According to the 2017 SVB report, “the Gen X cohort will surpass the baby boomers around 2021 to become the largest fine wine consumer demographic in the United States.”

Here are the numbers, starting with current trends, and then extrapolating that out to 2035:

Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

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Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

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U.S. fine wine sales, particularly in the premium tiers, is still an old (and probably mostly male… and maybe mostly white) game, at least as far as target marketing goes. But the shift needs to happen, and the phasing of marketing dollars to GenX consumers needs to be underway, lest some fine wine brands eventually find themselves without a cash-cow consumer base that pays the majority of the bills.

They’ve got their work cut out for them, too; the GenX generation has been largely ignored so long in marketing that we often don’t even know what to do with marketing attention when we do get it. Not only that, but even GenX-ers themselves don’t really know what defines our generation, so we have trouble articulating it in terms that marketers are used to using successfully with Baby Boomers.

In other words… best of luck, wine industry peeps! We’re pulling for you, but we probably won’t be of much help to you…

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Come Heckle Me, Now For Less! (#USBevX Discount Code)

For those of you considering coming to the USBevX 2017 Wine & Beverage Expo in D.C., you can now attend and heckle me at during either of my workshops for less money!

Just head over to usbevexpo.com and use the code ROBERTS17 to receive a FREE tradeshow floor pass, or 50% off an all-access conference pass (which includes the tradeshow). Aside from the tradeshow, there’s a great speaker list lined up, with interesting workshop topics that are focused on real-world, practical take-aways, so if you’re in the wine biz be sure to check it out.

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Touring ‘Round The ‘Burg (Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine)

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Next week, a new film from former Hollywood television producer/director (and, interestingly, USAF pilot) Rudi Goldman will officially be released, titled Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine.

Goldman is a rather persistent fellow, and he impressed me by displaying a quality that I sometimes myself brag about possessing; namely, the ability to ultimately convince you that it will be less trouble for you to do what I want (in this case, screen and possibly review his film) than it would be not to do what I want you to do. I actually do mean this as a compliment, by the way.

And so I was able to take an early peak at his film, and decided to offer up some thoughts on his visual tour of what is arguably France’s most famous wine region…

As you’ll no doubt quickly discern by viewing the film’s trailer, Burgundy is beautifully shot. They’ve also done an excellent job in sound and lighting in environments (that I know firsthand from filming in them) are notoriously difficult for both (just try taking a half-decent-looking video in a barrel cellar, if you want a lesson in budding-film making humiliation).

Burgundy takes a humanist approach to its subjects, which despite the title aren’t really people. The focus is primarily on all of the aspects of crafting wine in the region about which those people are obsessed: cellaring, winemaking, grape growing, farming, geology, along with insights into reginoal cooperage, truffle hunting, food, the venerable Hospices de Beaune, a local marathon, and the various sets of events involving robes and medals that the Burgundians seem to be unable to get enough of in general. Some of the movie’s best highlights come from the passionate explanations of wine and history given by Olivier Leflaive and Alex Gambal, both of whom provide narrative clarity and convey deep understanding and conviction behind their craft.

Basically, Goldman and crew provide a great sense of “being there” in the film. If you love Burgundy and its wines, but haven’t yet been there, this is like a beautifully rendered cinematic version of the type of tour that wine media peeps like me typically get when we’re on a press junket. So for the interested, the movie is a real treat.

For the rest of the world, Burgundy will likely end up being a slog. There’s no conflict in the film to speak of, and so it becomes the wine movie equivalent of Kristen Stewart – gorgeous, but boring.

Most of you geeks reading this, however, will likely take away something useful from Burgundy, not the least of which would be a rekindled passion for its vinous wares.

Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine (trailer)

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Going All-In On Quality (Register For USBevX 2017)

There’s a new beverage event in town, pardners!

I’m happy to report that registration is now open for the 2017 US BevX Wine & Beverage Expo, to be held in Washington, D.C. February 22-24.

It’s targeted at beverage industry insiders, and here’s the skinny from the event organizers:

This year’s theme is “The Quality Revolution” and the conference will examine closely new “quality driven” trends in the marketplace and the expected impact on the overall wine and beverage category. Interactive discussions, led by industry experts will highlight innovations in production, packaging, sales & marketing and the effect on quality and consumer impression. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about anticipated changes in lending, legislation, legal and compliance and ensure they are prepared for success in 2017.

I’ve been involved in the discussions about this event with its creators for some time now, so I am personally really pleased that it’s coming together, and I can tell you that these folks are not messing around; they want this event to be great.

I’ll be both a panelist (part of The New Press Machine: Bloggers and their Increasing Influence in the Industry) and a speaker (moderating the winemaker/owner panel Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality), and I’m also slated to be part of some of the General Sessions. The full 2017 speaker list is (present company excluded) quite impressive, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

So… wine industry peeps: get on over to the website and get registered!

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Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

So… we were talking about Riesling Rendezvous 2016, before we were so rudely interrupted by about a week of “real life.”

RR 2016 provides some concurrent sessions, during which you can listen about and, usually, taste wines from particular Riesling-producing regions. I happened to get signed up for what was called “Rocks & Riesling: Exploring Alsace’s Diverse Terroirs” with the entertaining and informative Thierry Fritsch, head oenologist and chief wine educator with Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vines d’Alsace (or CIVA).

Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

Courtesy of Wines of Alsace

Fritsch walked us through twelve wines from across most of the narrow expanse of Alsace, and did so expertly and humorously. I found his slide attempting to match Riesling wine attributes with particular Alsatian soils quite useful (see inset pic).

But I’m not here to talk about any of that, because this is, well, me. I’m only going to focus on one of Alsace’s Grand Cru terroirs, and only two wines. Because those two wines convinced me that when it comes to Alsatian Riesling, I don’t know what the hell I am doing; I am a mere babe crawling his way out of Rangen Riesling-soaked diapers, my friends…

Embarrassingly, at least – actually, especially – in hindsight, I knew more or less nothing useful of import about Alsace’s Rangen Grand Cru wines, apart from the fact that they were usually expensive. In wine lover terms, this makes me an idiot (I am being kind here), given that Rangen’s wines were well-known throughout Europe as early as the 12th Century, the spot having been farmed by Saint-Théobald church monks and achieving some notoriety given its location as a pilgrimage site.

Rangen’s high fetching prices aren’t the only aspect singling it out as special within Alsace; it’s also the steepest (think 55 degree slopes), southern-most, and highest-elevation (around 450 meters) of the Alsace Grand Cru sites. The difficult-to-farm (again, being kind) soils are volcanic schist, also unique to Alsatian Grand Crus.

Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

NOT an Alsace Grand Cru; just where I fell in love with one

The following two wines, the last that we tasted at the seminar… well, they captivated me; we’re talking Instant Diehard Rangen Convert levels, folks.
Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks2013 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain, Alsace Grand Cru, $100

Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

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Named after a nearby 15th century chapel that was leveled during the French Revolution and rebuilt in 1934, the vines at Z-H’s Rangen vineyards see good fruit ripeness because of their direct southern exposure.

This wine is absolutely, balls-out, fucking killer. There’s so much fruit complexity, it’s head-spinning levels: orange peel, pineapple, lemon, pear, stone fruits. Then add mint, smoke, saline, green herb, and white flowers to the aromatic mix. The wine is a study in length and consistency, in that the palate has similar fruit flavors as the nose, and comes off as intense, young, and even powerfully assertive. Only 12% abv, but 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels and a bit of malolactic fermentation accuont for its powerful presence.

 

Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks2013 Schoffit Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint-Théobald, Alsace Grand Cru, $60

Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

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Hands down, one of the best Rieslings I’ve ever had from France. While the Zind-Humbrecht is about power and complexity, this Schoffit is about elegance, focus, and vivacity. Bernard Schoffit steadily acquired a good portion of his now 6.5 hectares of Rangen vineyards that nobody else wanted to farm because it was too much work. I am very happy that he had the grit to do that, based on this beauty.

Flowers, lemons, peaches, flint, lemon peel, and smoke all contribute to a beautiful, lovely nose. The palate is ebullient, lifted, toasty, and enticing. I’d compare the experience to a good Les Clos Chablis, which for me is the white wine equivalent of comparing a coffee high to smoking crack cocaine. So, yeah, I kind of liked this one.

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