The Cellar: Field Blends
Friday, November 23, 2012
Alsatian producer Domaine Binner’s bottling named Les Saveurs is an interesting blend of Riesling, Sylvaner, Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. This wine is what’s called a ‘field blend’. A field blend is a wine made of two or more grape varieties sourced from the same vineyard, or at least, the same producer. Field blends date back to the time after World War II when winemaking equipment, especially large
The folks at Domaine Binner, an estate that dates back to 1770, hand harvests their 15 acres very late for Alsace, early to mid-October. As a result, the fruit is fully ripened giving their wines a complexity of aromatics and depth flavors. While the exact makeup of their 2010 Les Saveurs in terms percentages of each varietal is not known, the Riesling and Gewurztraminer makes for an extremely aromatic wine. The Auxerrois and Pinot Gris on the other hand, along with the fact that this wine is unfiltered, gives it significant weight on the palate. The aromatics are all over the place ranging from floral to perfumey. On the palate the wines displays an array of tropical, green and citrus fruits. Great $17 wine!
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