Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum Le Tri 2011

Grape Variety: 
100% Pinot Gris
Tasting Note: 
Vivid yellow - gold color. Smoky yellow fruits on the nose are complicated by almost stewed vegetal aromas that didn't thrill me. Shows more green, mushroomy notes on the palate, where the ripe yellow plum and caramel apple flavors have a tough time emerging. This is fatter than the two Epicentre bottlings, showing grilled hazelnut and almond notes on the broad, large-scaled finish, which is dusty and long. Made with grapes left on the vines after the berries hit by botrytis had been used to make the SGN, but according to Maurice Barthelme there were still some botrytis - affected grapes left hanging to make this wine too. Based on some of the aromas and flavors I found in this wine, I wonder if a little gray rot hadn't formed as well.

91 Points Stephen Tanzer
90 Points Ian D'Agata