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2011 Domaine Ostertag Sylvaner Les Vieilles Vignes

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September 2012

Pale straw-green.  Rich aromas of quince, apricot and white peach.  Then rich and tactile, with white stone fruit flavors joined by a delicate spiciness and juicy citrus note on the long finish.  The oldest vines here are 70 to 75 years of age, while the youngest parcel is 35.  One percent of this wine is made with the sylvaner rose subvariety that Ostertag champions; it's less vegetal than the more common sylvaner vert and has a distinct hazelnut note.  According to Ostertag, it's not officially recognized by the French governing body because too little of it remains, but he replants as much as he can and his aim is one day to make a pure bottling from this subvariety as well. 

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