Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Sommerberg Wibtal 2016

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Wibtal is the highest-altitude portion of the Sommerberg vineyard in Niedermorschwihr, a perfect amphitheater that clings to the very top of the vineyard’s steep granite slope. When Jean Boxler looks out his kitchen window in the morning, he sees the sun glinting off its trellises. The brilliance of this site is its ability to produce sumptuously rich and perfumed Pinot Gris that maintains a vibrant acidity and stony backbone. It is as grand as Pinot Gris gets. Ripe apricots and a hint of mangoes, making this rich, but rather dry riesling very attractive. However, there’s also serious concentration and major minerality coming out, especially at the long, delicately spicy finish. Drink or hold.

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