Domaine Ostertag 2014 Les Vieilles Vignes de Sylvaner. $25 Retail
Rated 87/100 points. B
Straw color. The nose is all white peaches with notes of flesh and firm pit. The palate is much richer than expected without sacrificing acid. Flavors of Thai Basil and frozen peas with cold honey make this interesting. That is the issue here is that this is a more intellectual wine instead of pleasant. The flavors linger but lots of the acid goes away to make it a touch cloying.
A wine for pairing with firm root vegetables as well as broccoli, brussell sprouts, and asparagus.
A little about Domaine Ostertag and Sylvaner
Domaine Ostertag produces a variety of wines in Alsace, farming eighty vineyard plots biodynamically and by hand. A second generation winemaker, Andre Ostertag is seen as an iconoclast. One of his wild projects was the dismissal of the french AOC (Appellation Controllee) system, choosing instead to define his own classifications for his wines.
Choosing to make serious wine from Sylvaner is part of Ostertag's difference. Sylvaner is a common grape in Alsace and Germany. It is used in the insipid Liebfraumilch that defined German wine for years in the minds of far too many people. It is also the fundamental cooking wine of Alsatian Cuisine.
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