Vivid straw-green. Intense banana, sweet butter, hazelnut and vanillin oak notes are more reminiscent of high-quality white Burgundy than Alsace. Rich, round and lively on the palate, with delicately smoky flavors of sweet orchard and tropical fruits resonating on the suave, buttery finish. An atypical but remarkably rich, multilayered example of Pinot Gris aged in 100% new oak. I normally think Pinot Gris must be oaked very judiciously in order not to camouflage its aromas, but Rieflé has done a superlative job of applying just the right amount of oaky veneer for added complexity without losing the variety’s personality or fruit.