#1 | Domaine Specht - Vin D’ Alsace Pinot Gris, 2015

Overview: Domaine Specht - Vin D’ Alsace Pinot Gris, 2015. Drank in 2018 w/ Bri, paired with dinner.

Producer: Domaine Specht
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2015
Avg. Cost: $16.99

Rating: 3.7 out of 5


Look: Upon inspection, the wine was close to being clear in color, with a soft, light yellow tone that faded to an even more subtle soft green undertone, similar to the color of a pear. Very little visible viscosity (tears).


Smell: My sense of smell was plagued while drinking this wine. This wine was to pair with our dinner, specifically Gochujang chicken wings and sweet potato fries. The grease from the chicken baking in the oven caused the whole house to get overwhelmingly smokey. I even spent 30 minutes outside prior to drinking to attempt and reset my sense of smell but to no avail. However, upon uncorking, the cork had a heavy first scent of peach. We finished the bottle around the campfire, so again, more overpowering smokey scents. 


Taste: When it came to taste, this wine really delivered and paired perfectly with the dinner. Light, fun, sweet, refreshing, crisp. I tasted fruity notes of peach, and what I believe to be either pear or apple, with light citrus notes, most likely citrus zest - or perhaps faint lemon. Almond like finish, I assume from aging in the oak barrel. 


Occasion: Drank on a perfect summer night in June while having dinner outside with my fiancé, in remembrance of Anthony Bourdain, who passed away in Strasbourg, France, 45-minutes from where this wine was produced. Paired with baked Gochujang chicken wings and sweet potato fries.