fingers and I shared this bottle in OC, I think we both had great fun with it. Kept at the proper temp (50F or less) this is really quite lovely. The cool temperature allowed us to look past the sheer size of it all and admire it for its purity, and complexity. I have a few left that I plan to age for at least 5 more years. No doubt there are many that would enjoy it a bit warmer, and luxuriate in its ripe, rich, creamy style. 14,0% abv, drink thru 2020, recommended
PnP. Medium+ straw color, no sign of age. Off dry style packing a lot more fruit than I was expecting. Plenty of lychee, creamy apples, spice and seashell. A mouthful of wine that needs just a bit more acidity than this was able to muster. Medium + finish, above-average complexity. Would love to see this in a more classic vintage. 14,0% abv, B+
Paried with Chinese cuisine from Oversea Restaurant, this showed very well indeed. It had a nice, subtly expressive nose, starting from chalky earth aromas and then moving into lychee creme, rose petals and peachy notes. After some time, some macadamia nut, vanilla bean and a beeswaxy note started wafting out. The palate had a nice richness too it, with more lychee, peach and some ripe apple notes, and then almost a bit of vanilla sprinkled with spicy notes of cloves and cinamon. Really yummy, with just perhaps a smidgen of residual sugar which made this a happy coincidence with the food. It had plenty of depth and presence, very nice complexity for something so young, and it was all held in a nice fresh balance. The finish was not the longest, but it had a nice linger of mineral and spice. Some of the other posters have noted a lack of acidity and I can see how it could threaten to be blowsy if served too cold or drank without food, but I thought this bottle at least was very decently balanced for a Gewurztrainer which has never been the freshest of varietals. It certainly had enough acidity to make it a solid pairing with the mixture of sweet, umami and spicy food that we had. Lovely. Just moving out of its infancy, this is a wine that should continue to get better in the coming years.
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