Wednesday, February 08, 2006

2002 Clos des Rochers Pinot Gris (Wormeldange Nussbaum Grand Premier Cru) (Luxembourg)

When I first opened this bottle, I got a funky smell of Parmesan cheese rinds. But with air time, that blew off completely to reveal spritely fruit aromas of tangerines and tart granny smith apples, as well as stones. Austere mineral and citrus flavors dominate on the palate. A tad riper in the mouth and I could have really fallen for this wine. It's the antithesis of Pinot Gris wines from Alsace, which to my taste frequently are so buttery and viscous as to be cloying and undrinkable. Overall, a very nice, unique, and food-friendly (particularly shellfish-friendly) wine. 86. Was $12.85 at Spec's on Smith.

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