Helfrich Steinklotz Grand Cru Riesling 2005

Riesling from Alsace, France

$24.99 $17.99
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Item No. 100106
  • white wine
  • WN93
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Steinklotz is one of only fifty one vineyards in Alsace that has the Grand Cru designation. It's located at the Northern end of the Alsatian wine trail. The vineyard itself faces South / Southeast and is very steep with an altitude of between 600 - 1,000 feet. The soil is comprised of barely 8" of loam covering a hard calcareous bedrock. Dry farmed (it's the law in Alsace) and hand picked in October / November, the vines are trained upwards for maximum exposure to the sun. Steinklotz is one of the oldest vineyards recorded in Alsace and was reported in 589 AD to belong to the Merovingian King

This wine is austere and well-structured with aromas of peach, pear, white flowers and apples that meld together with a hint of minerality and a touch of petrol. This Grand Cru has gravitas and should blossom nicely over time.

Critical Acclaim

"Wonderfully varietal aromas of lime peel and gravel are steely, and the very essence of Alsace. Superb balance in the face of intense minerality and freshness; flavors of lemon and wet stone with a pleasing peach note lifting the close. A steal for the price. "
93 Points

Learn About Helfrich

The Helfrich family, which has been crafting wines in Alsace for six generations, is committed to promoting the reputation of Alsace as a region which produces world class wines of great flavor and complexity. The Helfrich family is leading the Alsatian Renaissance with grapes from centuries old vineyards and employ modern wine making methods with a minimalist touch to allow the terroir to accentuate these fine wines.

Learn About Alsace

Seventy miles long and two miles wide, Alsace is a beautiful, picturesque region situated along the border of France and Germany, nestled between the Voges Mountains and the Rhine River. These landmarks give Alsace an ideal climate for the white grapes that have become the mainstays of the region. Pinot Noir is also grown, with plantings of the grape increasing with consumer...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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