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Domaine Riefle Alsace Tokay-Pinot Gris Steinert 2000

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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    Domaine Riefle

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    Domaine Riefle, , France - Other regions
    Domaine Riefle
    Continuing the Rieflé family's three-century-old tradition of winemaking in Alsace, René and André Rieflé formed Domaine Joseph Rieflé et Fils in 1966.

    The estate is located in Pfaffenheim where Francois Rieflé made the family's first wines in the early 18th century. This region's calcium-rich soil and dry microclimate give the Rieflé wines great power and tremendous length. The winery is managed today by two of Joseph's grandsons, Jean-Claude and Christophe. In keeping with tradition, they are passionate about their work, and take great pride in the premium quality wines they produce.

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    With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation, and well-draining soil...

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    With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation, and well-draining soil, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.

    This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay also perform well here.

    Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture...

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    Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

    In the Glass

    Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

    Perfect Parings

    Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

    Sommelier Secret

    If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

    CNC376785_2000 Item# 55814

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