Sunday, October 12, 2008

Etienne Loew Alsace Pinot Gris Cormier, 2004

I was a bit worried the last time I opened a bottle of this wine [September 4, 2008]. The color was much deeper than I had remembered from an earlier bottle [July 14, 2008]--deeper than I would expect from a 2004. This bottle, though, reverted back to the first bottle. It's a medium deep gold with healthy bright tones. It smells and tastes ripe, but pleasantly so like a good dry Vouvray. White peaches, ripe pears, Golden Delicious apples and almonds. The honey notes that seemed so dominant in bottle No. 2 are barely noticeable tonight. A very enjoyable Pinot Gris for drinking with Chinese food or on its own. Enough sweetness to please; enough acidity to keep you coming back for more.

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