Both ripe Mirabelle plum and zesty lime notes appear on the intense, aromatic nose, signalling concentration from the start. The palate continues in this zesty vein with great concentration and a real zing. The lemon notes continue to tingle all the way to the dry, refreshing and pure finish. Drink now through 2040. (AK)
This crackles with acidity, creating a buoyant frame for the nectarine, grated ginger, Meyer lemon peel and minerally spice and stone notes. Bright and expressive, with a long, zesty finish. Drink now through 2030. (AN)
From the only (at least most famous) pure volcanic terroir in the beautiful Rhine region Schaal's 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Rangen Riesling "Volcanique" from Thann combines purity and finesse with ripeness, depth and intensity on the dark, flinty/smoky nose with its ripe and concentrated but elegant fruit aromas. Full-bodied, dense and compact on the palate, this s a very elegant, charming and well-balanced Rangen with remarkable finesse and salinity but yet not the power, complexity and vibration of Schaal's finest 2017s, Kastelberg, Schoenenbourg and Rosacker. The finish is very salty and reveals nice grip. This 2017 is perfectly round and almost lush, and it already drinks very well. Tasted September 2018. (SR)
Pale gold-tinged yellow. Peach, orange oil and custard cream on the big, ripe nose. Then also very big and spicy in the mouth, a metallic note giving backbone and a steely quality to the ripe pomaceous orchard fruit and quinine flavors. This powerful wine finishes smoky and mouthcoating, not to mention fairly dry (4.9 g/L r.s. and a low pH of 3). Made from 30-year-old vines located between Schoffit’s and Wolfberger’s at mid-slope. (ID)
This is the only Alsace grand cru vineyard on volcanic soils. The hardness of the rock makes the soil stony and its dark colour favours heat retention. Terraced vines aged 20 years on a 60º slope. This is more dusty than smoky but delicately fragrant too. Rich and intense on the palate, incredibly tightly wound even though there is plenty of fruit to clothe the high acidity. Succulent, some spice (though the spice seems to be more texture than flavour), incredibly long and chewy on the finish and still so mouth-watering. 17.5/20 points. (JH)
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