Hugel & Fils Hugel Gentil 2018

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Tasting Notes
A very attractive crisp bouquet with spring flowers, lychee, jasmine and Asian pear.  This blend dances in your palate with an attractive initial freshness, a dry wine with complex flavors and supple structure. Flavors of peach, rose petals, melon and meadow flowers are supported by fresh acidity.
The Hugel family has been entrenched in wine since 1639 and each successive generation has contributed passionately to the notoriety and protection of Alsace vineyards.  They are highly respected both as growers and negociants who consistently produce top-notch wines.
This particular wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewürztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the ripeness of Muscat and the refreshing character of the Pinot Bland and Sylvaner.  
2014 had an exceptionally mild winter. Early budburst was saved without spring frost. Flowering began very early but cooler temperatures and record rainfall in July and early August delayed maturity and harvest. Yields were very low but grapes were healthy with high acidity content and superb maturity.
The grapes used to make this wine were hand-harvested and purchased exclusively from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favored localities around Riquewihr. The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats. The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale. 
Food Pairing Suggestions

Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, Fish (white), Pork, Spicy Food, Thai or Vietnamese

France, Alsace
Grape Varietal:
Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Sylvaner
$18.00 each