Riesling "Sentiment"

2017
France
Alsace

30-40 year old vines grown on a mix of soils on granite, clay, and limestone soils from plots in Turckheim, Sigolsheim, and Riquewihr, this Riesling displays the depth of the region's terroir. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. All of the Sparr Rieslings are dry as they see this as the future of Riesling. 

90 points
"Luminous straw-green. Very fresh aromas of lemon verbena, green apple, kiwi and minerals. Enters pure and clean, then turns round, juicy and ripe and shows sneaky concentration to the bone-dry (0.7 g/L r.s.) apple, pear and spice flavors. Finishes long and citrusy with noteworthy acid lift. In fact, this offers such bright acidity (7.1 g/L), you’d never guess Sparr put this wine through a full malolactic. Besides this being an outstanding entry-level Alsatian Riesling, it is also a really didactic wine: the spicy nuances and the broad mouthfeel speak of granite soil, the citrusy finish of limestone and the broad powerful texture of clay. And in fact this wine is made from grapes grown on clay, limestone and granite soils near the towns of Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Turckheim. Most of the vines were planted at high density (7,000 per hectare) in the 1960s right at the bottom of the Mambourg Grand Cru."
Ian D'Agata,
Vinous
, September 2018
91 points
"The Riesling “Sentiment” is a blended bottling from the Sparrs’ Riesling vineyards in the villages of Riquewihr, Turckheim and Sigolsheim. Like all of the Sparr wines, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in stainless steel. The 2017 Sentiment offers up a lovely aromatic constellation of apple, tart orange, a hint of petrol, a lovely base of soil, dried flowers and a touch of citrus peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with good soil undertow, zesty acids and a long, well balanced and nascently complex finish. This is still a young wine and will be even better with a bit more time in the cellar. It is quite dry in personality and a fine bottle of Riesling. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, August 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB3298-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Riesling
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic