Monday, December 12, 2016

Cuvee Emile Willm Pinot Gris Reserve, 2001

When I first served this wine (about 13 years ago), the perception was that it was "too sweet." I thought it needed some time for the complexities of the fruit to become more apparent than the sweetness. I didn't plan to wait 13 years to try it again, but it got lost in the cellar. So here goes.

Deep gold, as to be expected from a 15-year-old white. Rich bouquet that verifies its Pinot Gris heritage. Ripe apricots, honey, dried flowers. Old vine intensity on the palate. Still sweet but the complexities of the fruit are now dominant. Not as sweet as a Sauternes but every bit as rich and enjoyable. Worth the wait.

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