As many of you know, I have a rather big birthday coming up in May. To kick the celebrations off, I'm heading to France, and Alsace in particular, this Friday!
To get in the spirit for my upcoming trip, I recently tried an Alsatian Pinot Noir from Vignoble André Scherer. When I think "Alsace" I think Pinot Blanc and dry, zippy Riesling, not necessarily red wines, so it was fun to try something new to me. My knowledge of Alsatian reds is minimal, I've even been told to avoid them all together! But apparently it all comes down to the producer as quality can vary widely.
This 2012 Pinot Noir From André Scherer was apparently an exception to the rule of Alsatian reds. The domain is owned and operated by the 9th generation of the Scherer family in the village of Husseren-les-Chateaux. The wine was characteristic of Pinot Noir, ripe, juicy, red berries and cherries with a subtle spice undertone. Alsatian wines are known for being great food wines and this was no exception. I paired it with a simple roast chicken and roasted potatoes with goat cheese.
I hope to return much better acquainted with Alsatian wines ;-)
Wine: 2012 André Scherer Pinot Noir
Purchased: Chelsea Wine Vault