The occasional semi-sweet wine should be a part of everyone’s vino regimen. Some of the world’s best big whites come from Alsace. These wines are often a great value when compared to other wines from Germany, France, and Hungary.
Wines, such as this Domaine Albert Mann Gewurztraminer, balance some sweetness with a tart acidity. This particular example is a medium-full bodied white that has aged very well indeed. Bottled straw-colored, it has, with time, turned golden, which to me is a good sign of proper aging.
There is no mistaking the nose of a good Gewurtz. Very floral nose of roses and lychee fruit makes this a wine I like to sniff for minutes before taking my first sip.
On the tongue, flavors explode with apricot, peach, and some vanilla. The mid palette is strong and the finish is long, both of these characteristics reminding me of a nice Sauternes or last-harvest Riesling. Gewurtz, however, is quite unique in flavor. This wine is a fine example of Alsace Gran Cru big whites. At this price, anyone can be a fan of this vino!
From Wine Searcher:
“Schlossberg is an Alsace Grand Cru vineyard located on the slopes above Kaysersberg and Kientzheim in Alsace, north-eastern France. At 197 acres (80ha), it is the largest of the region’s 51 Grand Crusites and the oldest; it was the first Alsace vineyard to be granted Grand Cru status when classification began in 1975.”
The winemaker suggests pairing with, ” Foie gras with an apricot-saffron chutney. Duck brochette with sesame, spices and honey, grilled salmon with ginger, strong cheese : Munster, Maroilles, Epoisses… ”
TScale rating: 92. Price $35 for the 2010, when you can find one. I have a local source who possesses about a case, some of which will be coming home with me.