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Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011

Riesling from Alsace, France
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In the glass, gleaming pale yellow with green reflections, the 2011 Riesling opens with aromas of lemon peel and green apple, followed by a touch of light yellow banana and delicate green granadilla (passion fruit). Upon aeration, notes of sweet cherry blossoms are framed by minerally firestone scents. On the palate, it is smooth, with soft acid, a well-balanced light body and softly spicy finish. Made with 100% Riesling.

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Smooth and minerally with bright lime and apple fruit; clean, fresh and juicy with balance and style; a terrific food wine.

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Pierre Sparr

Pierre Sparr

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Pierre Sparr, , France - Other regions
Pierre Sparr
The Pierre Sparr estate was created by one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producing families in France's Alsace region, established since 1680. It produces an award-winning and diverse range of 32 different red, white, still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines and owns 80 acres of vineyards spread across five different Grand Crus – Brand, Mambourg, Schlossberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. Any additional grapes are purchased under strict quality control with other growers, for which Sparr pays a premium. In July 2007, passionate Alsatian winemaker Vincent Laillier was brought in to revolutionize winemaking at Sparr from vineyard practices through to bottling processes. Typical of the region, Sparr wines are rich in fruit and firmly structured. With a belief that mature wines are more exciting, the winery will regularly hold back top wines from the market until they are at their optimal drinking window.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

PBC9155663_2011 Item# 119739

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