Tuesday, October 22, 2013

J. Fritsch Grand Cru Furstentum Gewurztraminer

J. Fritsch Grand Cru Furstentum Gewurztraminer 2008
Alsace, France

www.joseph-fritsch.com
This beauty was a gift last Christmas. I've been looking forward to popping it open and I couldn't be happier with what I found inside. Intensely flavorful and just plain delicious!

Gewurtz traces its roots to the lands around the current French-German-Swiss-Italian borders. It's know for its pink tinged skins and exotic aromas. The finest examples come from the cool region Alsace, France. This Gewurtz has a "Grand Cru" designation, indicating that it is from a single recognized vineyard site, a single vintage, and made from one of four grapes: Pinot Gris, Muscat, Riesling, and -- of course -- Gewurztraminer!

Review: Yummers. This wine is rich and gorgeous! To start, it's that characteristic deep golden color with pronounced aromas of lychee and roses. On the palate I found a nicely balanced, full bodied wine with more lychee fruits, along with some honey and apricots. This wine is definitely on the off-dry to medium-sweet side of the spectrum. This sweetness is combined with a high level of alcohol (13%) and a relatively low level of acidity; the combination could lead to a cloyingly sweet, flabby wine... but it doesn't! This Gewurztraminer retains its freshness and makes for a happy glass.

Food Pairing: Asian food is the obvious choice -- some nice spice to play off of the sweetness in the wine!

Bottom Line: Just a delight! I dig it.


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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2008
  • PLACE: Alsace Grand Cru AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: 100% Gewurztraminer
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now -- this 2008 vintage is heading towards the end of its drinking window 
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Where did I get it? 'Twas a gift!
What's the damage? Premium -- according to the Google machine

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