Domaine Weinbach was founded by the Capucin monks in 1612. The house is surrounded by the original 9th Century monastic vineyard, the Clos du Capucin which appears on all Weinbach’s labels. Théo Faller and his brother acquired this estate in the late 19th century and began building its reputation as a benchmark producer. Today the estate has grown to cover 64 acres of vines in the Kaysenberg valley in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace. Despite the large holdings, the focus here has always been about quality, not quantity. All of their vineyards are meticulously farmed biodynamic, and their minimal approach in the cellar is intended to reflect each parcel’s unique terroir voice. Their Sylvaner Reserve is sourced from older vines within the monopole Clos des Capucins. Delicate aromas of honeydew melon, spiced pears, lemongrass and chamomile evolve from the glass. The acidity is soft and well-paced as it approaches a mineral-rich, silky, slightly creamy texture that leans into a crisp, floral, and slightly nutty finish. This is one of the most elegant examples of Sylvaner you’ll come across.