2010 Pinot Gris, Schmitt & Carrer, Vin d’Alsace ($36)
“Here’s a terrific find: a rich, sweet Vendange Tardive (Late Harvest) from Alsace…that didn’t get classified as “Vendange Tardive.” That means the value is insane! Medium gold in the glass (with no trace of oxidation in the wine), opening to a fresh and wonderful stone-fruit-and honey nose, with a bit of raisin. Viscous palate, explosive with peach, melon and loquat, resolving in the elusive, sophisticated subtlety associated with great northern French whites.
Pinot Gris is not as acidic as Riesling, and this wine shows it—mellow, round, velvety. Superb for foie gras, blue cheese, and any of a million medium-sweet desserts (like a tangy apple tart!) Don’t serve very cold.” – David Rosengarten