2018 Domaine Melanie Pfister Riesling Berg

Year: 2018
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Notes of ripe red apple on the nose of this wine suggest both freshness and ripeness. The palate rings with purity and poise, framing apple notes in lemon brightness and freshness. A texture reminiscent of tangerine peel and pith reveals rounded ripeness at the driven core. The finish is dry and vivid. Drink until 2035. -Anne Krebiehl MW" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The acronym Berg comes from Auf dem Berg and Silberberg, two neighboring hillside vineyards. This is a wine full of earthy stone fruit and a dry, crisp length that rises far above its "entry" class. The vineyard soils are a variation of France's famous argile-calcaire mix, or clay-limestone mix. . (Locally, Berg's soils are known as Muschelkalk, a geological term referring to the middle Triassic period, and in Berg's case it's Muschelkalk topsoil--averaging 3-feet--over limestone bedrock.) The clay gives Riesling body while the calcareous limestone gives finesse, focus, and length.

Riesling from limestone terroir differs from Riesling growing in Alsace’s granitic soils or pink sandstone (grès) soils by virtue of its structured ability (and need) to age. Unlike clay soils, granite and sandstone soils drain quickly, and its wine tends to be expressive right out of the gate. Or, as Mélanie once said, comparing Riesling from granite terroirs with Riesling from limestone: "Granite is always more explosive, very delicate, while limestone needs time to show its great potential and length."

The Pfisters farm six plots of Riesling in Silberberg, totaling 3.18 acres. Production averages 900 cases annually.

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