Teaching Terroir: Domaine Ehrhart-Pfohl 2011 Riesling
Proud Canadians are trained to love our fresh and fruity Rieslings from the moment of our very first sip. Cool, crisp and offering apple and peach flavours in a glass… what’s not to love? But there are other flavours that Riesling can offer that are just as compelling.
At first sniff, Domaine Ehrhart-Pfohl 2011 Riesling (Alsace, $13.95, 282186) is clean and offers some fascinating floral notes. Having been fermented in stainless steel like all your other favourite fresh wines, this wine from Alsace captures the local terroir, which makes the wine intriguing but is still true to the grape.
Alongside the floral aromas are lemon, apple and mineral notes. The palate is consistent with the aromas, adding lime and melon to the mix, while the finish is crisp, clean and zesty.
Whether looking at a fresh New World Riesling or an aged and layered Old World Riesling, we feel that every bottle has a time and a place that will suit your summer soundtrack.
First Look: Di Profio Wines makes a great first impression with its fresh, fruity and very promising 2011 Riesling
Di Profio Wines may be new kids on the block, having just opened their doors last month, but they certainly are not new to the wine industry. Hailing from Italy, the family have experimented with different styles of winemaking since grandfather Guiseppe imported Californian grapes in the 1940s and 1950s.
The winemakers’ gene was dormant in his son Joe Di Profio, Sr. until the next generation, Fred, decided to follow his grandfather’s footsteps. Today, Fred heads the cellar of the young winery and is establishing their wine portfolio, which happens to include our favourite grape, Riesling.
Di Profio Wines 2011 Riesling ($16.15, diprofiowines.ca) is fresh, fruity and is very promising for their first vintage. With peach, apple, orange peel and mineral notes on the nose, the wine is inviting with a good balance. The palate offers apricot, and zesty lemon with a finish of honey and almond.
Sip on this wine by itself or pair it with a summer salad, chicken or cheese. Either way it’s a great opportunity to raise a glass, discover a new winery and celebrate the Summer of Riesling at the same time. Cheers!