This is an unusual little wine, however it is very traditional in the Alsace region of France, the birthplace of Pinot Gris. Technically this is a Late Harvest wine. That is, the grapes are allowed to remain on the vine longer than usual, in order to allow more complex flavors to develop. Simultaneously the grapes become sweeter.
However, we caution you against thinking of this as a typical Late Harvest wine. While there is certainly more sugar than the Big Fire Pinot Gris, it is also quite high in acid. This combination creates a balance that leaves the palate clean and belies the Late Harvest stereotype.
full of perfume: mead, honey and straw
we think the wine tastes almost exactly like a pear and apple tarte tatin, right down to the caramelized edges of the fruit
bright beginning, soft middle palate, and bright acid on the finish
Food Pairing Ideas
- Custard-y Quiche
- Onion Anchovy Tart
- Celery Root Custard