2016 Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer Estate Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

An interesting take of Gewurtz.  Very different from the Alsatian counterparts.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has no lychee at all which is fine just a bit surprising.  It does have a floral quality to it, along with ginger and a strong mineral base.  Very nice.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  It is dry as a bone.  The minerality comes thru along with a granny smith apple note and a bit of orange peel.  Clean finish with no bitterness.  Overall, it is a very nice wine that worked excellently with a butternut squash soup.  It probably should be consumed in the n

2017 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

Another great value from this winery.  Light golden in color.  The nose has lychees and a bit of minerals.  Medium bodied, slightly viscous.  Moderate acidity.  This is slightly sweet on the palate.  A bit of citrus.  Nice finish.  This drinks easily on its own and works with lighter or medium bodied foods.  Drink now, this was probably a bit fresher a year or so ago.  

2017 Tulip Winery White Tulip, Israel, Galilee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This was served in a Sukkah before an Israel wine tasting.  Fun.  Light yello/gold in color.  The nose has nice limes, lemons and slight wax.  It is a blend of 65% Gewurztraminer and 35% Sauvignon Blanc.  The Gewurtz was not identifiable and this drank like a Sauvignon Blanc.  That said, it is a nice wine.  The palate has nice minerality with some lemons and a bit of tropical fruit (Guava?).  Good finish.  It is not mevushal but it is kosher.  

1988 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Vendange Tardive, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1988
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

The evening wasn't quite done and this fit the bill for a little something sweet to finish the night.  From a 375ml bottle.  Deep golden/orange in color.  The nose is pretty with lychees, oranges and slight simple syrup.  Also a nice underlying minerality.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Much fresher than a bottle a couple of years ago.  Lychees, apricots with a bit of sweetness.  A nice bit of acidity to balance things out.  Long finish that was clean and without bitterness.  Just delicious and interesting to sip on its own, it would work with a slightly sweet dessert.  

2016 Carlisle Compagni Portis, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Mike Officer makes some really nice wines at fair prices.  His whites might even be better values than his reds.  This is a field blend of Gewürztraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling and other white grapes.  Pale silvery gold in color.  The nose is great with lychees, peaches and floral tones.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Dry and refreshing.  Peaches and slight pears with good minerality.  Nice finish.  This is drinking quite well now and it probably should be consumed over the next couple of years.  It will go well with salads, sushi or even Thai food.  

2016 Jean Biecher et Fils Altenberg de Bergheim, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

An interesting blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling.  It was sold for $20 which is a nice value.  Light gold/green in color.  Oddly, this seems to have some trapped CO2 in the bottle as it shows up on the glass if the not the palate.  Neither varietal seems to be very pronounced on the nose, although both show up a bit.  Slight lychee, apricot and minerals.  On the palate, this is viscous.  A perception of sweetness but seems dry though ripe.  Lychees and apricots.  Good finish.  Will work well with Indian or Thai food.  

2016 The Furst Gewurztraminer, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Produced at Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg.  This was (surprisingly?) a couple of steps up from the 2015.  Light golden in color.  Great nose of Lychees and slight canned peaches.  On the palate, lively acidity cuts through the slight sweetness.  Lychees and peaches with underlying minerality.  Despite the acidity, the wine is round.  Will work great with spicy foods (this Asian) and lighter foods.  It retails for $17 which is a great value.  

2015 Schoffit Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St.-Théobald, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

What a delicious wine.  Golden in color.  The nose is gorgeous with lychees, and slight canned peaches in heavy syrup.  On the palate, this is viscous.  Slightly sweet but not dessert level.  Honey and peaches with good acidity.  Would work great with spicy foods.  Long finish.  This is sweet enough to not please though who insist on dry wines, but for those more varied in their tastes, this is delicious.  Young, this drank better on day 2.  It does have a touch of a bitterness that one sometimes finds in Gewurztraminer.  Enough to notice, not enough to mar the flavors of enjoyment.  This r

2015 The Furst Gewurztraminer, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Produced at the Co-Op of Cave Vinicole de Kietzenheim-Kaysersberg in Alsace.  Light golden in color.  The nose is nice with slight lychee nut but also some tropical fruits.  On the palate, this is off dry (slightly sweet).  It has nice tropical fruit with a slightly viscous texture.  A slight minerality as well.  Good finish.  This retails for around $22.  Food friendly.   Drink in the next five to seven years.  Colorful label.  

1976 Zind-Humbrecht Eau de Vie Marc de Gewurztraminer, France, Alsace

Vintage: 
1976
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is an Eau-de-Vie ariginally made by Leonard Humbrecht back in 1976.  It was bottled in 2017 by his son Olivier and purchased at the winery a few weeks later.  This bottle had been opened last winter and about halfway consumed.  It seemed a perfect drink to finish off an Alsatian Gewurztraminer tasting.  Deep red-orange in color.  The nose has a lot of alcohol.  There is also some peach schnapps and lychees and a dried tea note.  On the palate, this is warm.  63.1% Alcohol will do that.  After the first sip it was welcoming though.  It has a nice depth and complexity to it.  Certainly,

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