2015 Nikolaihof Gewürztraminer, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Very nice take on the Gewurztraminer grape.  This is certified Biodynamic from relatively young vines (under 15 years old).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice but does not have the Lychee Nut that I associate with the grape.  More of a floral quality to it, with minerality and slight ginger note.  Medium bodied.  Semi-sweet on the palate.  This is very enjoyable to drink.  It drinks quite easy with lots of round notes.  It drinks well on its own but will work better with food.  This would work well with roasted duck or chicken.  Drink over the next few years.  

2015 Umathum Gelber & Roter Traminer, Austria, Burgenland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a biodynamic blend of 50% Gelber Traminer, 50% Roter Traminer from Austria.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruit, slight lime and a bit of honey.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is crisp but has a slight sweetness that works well together.  Some citrus, too.  Nice finish.  There is a lot of concentration and depth to this.  Drinking well at age 7, it probably should be drunk in the next three to five years.  It would work well with spicy Thai or Chinese food.  

1998 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1998
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$88.00USD

This is a sweet wine from Alsace France.  At just shy of 25 years old, this was beautiful.  Golden in color, a deep in color, clear and bright.  What an exquisite nose.  Is there a better nose on a wine than aged Gewurztraminer?  Lychees, honey, slight grilled grapefruit (think caramelized) and saline.  Full bodied.  Viscous.  Sweet but not cloying.  On the palate, lychees, and honey with underlying minerality.  Long finish.  Just delicious.  This is contemplative on its own but will work with more savory (or at least less sweet) fruit desserts.  Mature, but this could easily go another dec

2018 Rossidi Enophile Gewurztraminer & Chardonnay, Bulgaria, Thracian Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is an unusual blend from one of Bulgaria's top rated young wineries.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a slight lychee nut but mostly minerals and lemons.  Slightly oily texture.  Clean and refreshing  on the palate with a nice backbone of acidity.  Lemons and minerality on the palate.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next year or so.  This drinks easily on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  Thai food would be a nice match.  

2012 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$61.00USD

This wine has always been a bit of a disappointment.  Its fine and its drinkable, but not as good as one hopes for from this winery.  Light golden in color. The nose has lychees with a bit of honey. On the palate, the sweetness has faded as has most of the fruit.  Some minerality.  Finishes bitter.  This bottle, anyway, was past prime although I don't know its provenance.  Still, drink up.  

2019 Fetzer Gewürztraminer, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

This is an outstanding value in off dry wines.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is a bit candied with lychees, honeysuckle and slight peach notes.  Slightly viscous texture.  On the palate, this drinks very easy with lychees and peaches.  Slight tannins.  It improved with about 30 minutes of air.  Long finish.  This drinks great on its own for those who enjoy a bit of sweetness.  It will work great with Thai or other spicy Asian foods.  Drink over the next few years.  

2015 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$85.00USD

This was not the wine I was expecting as it has a very different profile in 2015.  Much drier and more savory than a typical vintage but still quite good.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some lychee but is more about sea air, some pine, and pears.  Slightly viscous.  On the palate, the pears come out with a strong minerality.  There is plenty of depth and tight complexity at the moment.  This will no doubt develop more over time.  It will need another five to seven years to reach peak and should drink well for a decade after that.  It works better with food.  Thai is

2002 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$66.00USD

For those who don't believe that Gewurztraminer can age, they would be wrong as this wine shows.  Deep golden in color.  Clear and bright.  A gorgeous nose of lychees with smokey notes and a slight sea air quality.  This is slightly viscous.  It gives the impression that this will be sweet but drinks more semi-sweet although with air, the sweetness comes out more.  Thee palate has peaches with layers of fruit and minerals.  Long finish.  This is drinking beautifully at age 18.  Seems like it could easily do another five to maybe ten more.  Works great on its own and will work well with sala

2018 Domaine Du Castel La Vie Blanc du Castel, White Blend, Israel, Judean Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This wine and it's Red counterpart are some of the best values from Israel.  This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Chardonnay and 5% Gewurztraminer.  It is basically the third level wine in their hierarchy.  Light golden in color with a touch of green.  The nose is nice with citrus, slight orange peel and slight floral notes.  Very steely.  On the palate this is light bodied.  Very crisp and refreshing.  It has some depth but it more about raciness than complexity.  Very food friendly or on its own.  A nice match for soft cheeses to start a casual evening outside.  This probably shoul

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

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