White

2009 Domaine Gresser Gewurztraminer Kritt

Gew├╝rztraminer

  • France
  • Alsace

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  • Arinbraghe Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 7, 2014 - Gewurztraminer for Riesling lovers. Not that you'd mistake this for Riesling - this has plenty of varietal character, all the yellow stone fruit and allspice and technicolor aromatics that Gewurztraminer is known for. And yet, there's a restraint and mineral raciness to this wine's flavors, and a delineation of the boundary between palate presence and finish, that I am far more accustomed to experiencing with Riesling (or Chenin Blanc, or any higher-acid white grape). Because let's be honest: if all the various wine grapes got together and threw a house party, Gewurz would be the motor-mouthed girl who gets drunk RIGHT AWAY on Pina Colada mixer and vodka, starts dancing like a maniac, and has to be cajoled into putting her shirt back on before the cops arrive. Likewise for me, Gewurz is usually appealing for the first glass, somewhat tiresome for the second, and 'for the love of god can we drink something less lurid?' after that. Yet this -- I split an entire bottle of this over dinner with a colleague, and we seriously considered the attractive proposition of ordering Bottle Number Two. It's the admirable restraint on display here from first sip to last that got me to that point, makes this so eminently drinkable. I mean, when's the last time you had Gewurz that you thought was holding something back?!

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