Autuman in Alsace

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West of the Vosges mountain range and bordering east of the Rhine river is Alsace. A true gourmand delight. Its rich soils and long warm summers are ideal for slowly, ripening grapes that produce delicious cool climate wines; arguably some of the best in France.

(Yes, I said it).

Though one of the smallest wine growing regions in France, Alsace is most known for Vendange Tardive, or late harvest. Lucky for us, we get to enjoy these luscious liquids just in time for our favorite Autumn recipes!

Binner Negoce Pinot Noir 2012 is Natural, Biodynamic and is great evidence that natural wines can age and age well. Open your mind to blackberry and boysenberry aromatics with a smoky mesquite finish.

Reminiscent of bon fires and hay rides, it is aged for 11 months in 100 year old oak barrels and is certified organic, biodynamic with no added sulfites.

Binner has been around since 1770 and has holdings in two of the most valuable growing areas in Alsace. 40% of their vines are over 60 and many are reaching 100 years old. The grapes are hand harvested in early to mid October, and yield fully ripen fruit.

This wine is best enjoyed decanted. Decant and it will open itself up to a Burgundian style Pinot Noir. I promise you’ll like it.

 

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