Riesling "Terres d'Étoiles", Mittnacht
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Organic

Riesling "Terres d'Étoiles", Mittnacht - 2018

Item # 21595 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
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$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

A luscious Riesling from the Alsace region of France that's made from 35 year old vines that are densely planted in clay and limestone soils. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in tank.


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Staff Pick Notes

Rieslings aren't exactly the cool kids on the wine block, so Alsatian rieslings? Yeah, no. Thier under-the-radar status, however, translates to bargains for us. This wine from Dom. Mittnacht is a prime example. This is a small, family, run winery, founded in 1963 and is now run by Christophe Mittnacht and his partner Yuka. Christophe was an early convert to biodynamics, getting officially certified in 1999, and believes in minimal intervention when it comes to winemaking. All that care and attention shine through in the glass. This is a fuller style of riesling, but bone dry, with ripe white plum, honeysuckle, pear skin and a gentle hint of petrol. Pair this with a roast pork or chicken on a cold winter night, and drink a toast to the unhip kids of Alsace.

- ALM

Pairing Advice

Disassociate this wine from the descriptors "hot" or "viscous." This is an ideal wine for tarte flambée, the regional Alsatian thin-crust "pizza" topped with fromage blanc, onion, and strips of bacon. The wine's racy acid and body will do well against the richness of this pizza, which was traditionally baked on the bottom of a bread oven so that the burning bacon drippings from the pizza would add a smoky element to the pie.

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Alsace

Located on the eastern border of France, on the west bank of the Upper Rhine, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, Alsace represents the intersection of two wholly different wine cultures that have given birth to a third. Once part of the Holy Roman Empire, Alsace was gradually put under French sovereignty during the 17th Century and eventually made one of the provinces of France. Yet, as...

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Riesling

Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the...

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