Honey and Apple: Chiseled Dry Alsatian Riesling. $22

One of the surprise hits in our portfolio last year was the dry Alsatian Riesling from Domaine Gross. It embodies everything we’ve been writing about dry Riesling for years — affordable, refreshing, complex, and endlessly food-friendly.

We ran out of the 2016 quicker than expected, so we’re glad to have the 2018 in stock at last. It’s a worthy successor — thicker and more savory than the 2016, with a fresher mouthfeel and a dry, fruit-skin finish.

Sommeliers often call Riesling their “desert island wine.” Now that we’re all on desert islands of sorts, here’s a good chance to see why they’re right.

Vincent Gross is a young, enthusiastic winemaker practicing biodynamic viticulture, and producing truly exciting wines. With the retirement of Francis Muré, our longtime Alsatian source, our discovery of Gross couldn’t be timed more perfectly.

Gross’s 2018 Riesling shows lemon, mineral, lime, and honeysuckle in the nose. The mouth is dry and more substantial than last year’s — the attack is rich and mouthfilling, followed by a chiseled beam of acidity and minerals. Look for notes of herbal honey, green apple, coriander and pear.

This wine was singing (see below) with a butter chicken recipe we made last night. Or if your local Indian or Thai restaurant is still doing takeout, pick some up and pair it with this. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better food-wine under $25.


Gross Riesling 2018
bottle price: $22

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