Wine: Alsace goes red
Thank global warming the next time you enjoy a pinot noir from Alsace, said Michael Austin in the Chicago Tribune. The French region remains renowned for its white wines, but higher temperatures over the past 15 years have given its only red grape a huge boost. The result is wine that’s more concentrated, both in flavor and color. Global warming is bad, but Alsatian vintners are seizing their chance to produce great reds, and “that in itself is worth celebrating.”
2013 Meyer-Fonne Reserve ($22). A lively yet “silky” wine, this pinot fills the mouth with red fruit and anise.
2014 Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures ($25). Aged a year in the bottle, this wine offers “lots of juicy raspberry” plus a long finish.
2014 Domaine Barmes-Buecher Reserve ($30). “Pronounced” tartness and a rich cherry middle are tempered nicely here by “notes of leather and smoke.”