100% Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France.
SRP of $20 and available for as low as $16. Sample received courtesy Pasternak Wine Imports for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Our Gewurztraminer Reserve is made from our best selection of this delicious Alsace varietal. Bursting with the aroma of honey, red roses and tropical fruit, yet dry and rich on the palate, this wine is lovely on a warm afternoon by itself or paired in a meal with spicy foods. It is remarkable with dishes made from curry.
Maison Lucien Albrecht was founded in 1425 in Alsace and settled in Orschwihr in 1698. Today, our winery remains family-owned and managed. Our estate includes some of the most prestigious Alsace terroirs in the Grand Cru Pfingsberg and several superb monopoles including the famous Clos des Récollets. In our vineyards we emphasize a harmony with nature and, in our cellars minimal intervention in order to produce, in each vintage, hand-crafted wines that represent our terroir and family heritage.
Gewurztraminer (pronounced guh-VURTZ-trah-mean-er) is a grape that is high in natural sugar and as such typically produces relatively sweet wines (slightly sweeter than a Riesling). Thanks to its wonderful sweetness this variety is great with spicy Asian food. And supposedly, the best place for Gewurztraminer is Alsace, France where it is the second most planted grape and just happens to be where today's wine from Lucien Albrecht originates.
The 2010 Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Reserve begins with deliciously sweet aromas of honey, lemon, tropical fruit and a little spice. The wine tastes similar to the bouquet with the addition of a good dose of peach and a little melon. This is a nice, rich, almost thick wine with a full and smooth mouthfeel. The sweet finish shows a little minerality as well. Really just a delicious drink and one that I think could be quite popular with the Moscato madness crowd.
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