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Gewurztraminer is aromatic and sometimes referred to as Gewurz to simplify miss pronouncing the original word. The grapes grow well in cooler climates and the name means spice traminer. Traminer is a variety of grape that takes its name from a village in Northern Italy, named Tramin, which spoke German. First appearing around the 19th century, the green skinned grape believed to be a relative of sauvignon blanc and Voigner, mutated into a pink skinned grape called red traminer or sauvignon rose. The thick, tough skin can contain very high concentrated sugar levels which can lead to higher alcohol levels. Somehow, throughout history it wound up to be the Gewurztraminer we know today. The characteristics of these grapes can range from dark pink, dark to light, golden, yellow copper tone coloring with full bodied more than other white wines. The aromatics and sweetness of these wines depend on when they are harvested. Gewurztraminer is very difficult to grow and is very susceptible to frost, disease, and ripens early. Gewurz is sweeter than riesling, thick and rich with great aging ability. It pairs well with seasoned spicy dishes like Mexican, Asian and could even be a dessert wine served chilled. The aromas of Gewurztraminer are similar to the lychee juice and share many of the same chemical compounds.
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90 Points - International Wine Cellar: "Straw-green. Subdued aromas of licorice, spice, wet stone and earth. A fresh, smooth, rather gently styled riesling with moderate fruit intensity and structure. Offers a delicately fruity appeal, but the finish also displays typically sound riesling acidity. Includes 70% purchased grapes, mostly from the area of Riquewihr, especially sites with clay-limestone soils." 88 Points - Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with a floral overtone to notes of mandarin orange, cream, spice and lemon zest. Well-knit, with a subtle, spiced finish." "Harsh winter of 2011 with 26 days below zero. Early budding on April 7, May warm and dry and flowering 15 days ahead of time. Summer cool, damp and gloomy. Return to idyllic weather two weeks before harvest started on September 12, without any precipitation from beginning to end. Excellent maturity in a fair size crop with soft acidity. Wines already charming, easy to approach and early to drink soon after bottling. Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights giving its full varietal expression. Dry but intensely aromatic." -Etienne Hugel
A beautiful light golden hue leads into an initial nose of spicy minerality. It has a deliciously juicy texture and a delightfully delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses in the mid-palate. The finish is delightfully fresh with just the right amount of acid. A total package to be sure.
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