Dirler-Cade Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Kessler 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Although the Kiwis are increasing their plantings of this eclectic variety,Gewurztraminer remains as Alsacien as its quaint gingerbread houses: perfectlyconstructed using judicious amounts of oak and finished with a lick of cinnamonand spice! Benefiting from the excellent vintage, this precipitous Grand Cru vineyard hastreated us to a wine of great decadence. The nose resonates with fine, soapy,rose petal characters, together with a suggestion of turkish delight. Thepalate is supremely supple, richly decorated with layers ofnectarine-like, suave fleshy fruit. Almost vendange tardive in style, given thesweetness of fruit. (David Berry Green, BBR Buyer)

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Dirler-Cade:
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spi... Read more
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spiegel, whose sandy/stony soil provide wines with ethereal finesse; Kessler, whose rich sandstone/clay soil makes for powerful, long-lived wines; and Kitterlé whose more volcanic soils engender highly spiced wines with great flavor persistence. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris account for over 60% of the vines, the remainder being Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat, and Chasselas. The vinification is essentially traditional, using both large oak foudres and stainless steel, while the vineyards are farmed 100% biodynamically. Read less

Although the Kiwis are increasing their plantings of this eclectic variety,Gewurztraminer remains as Alsacien as its quaint gingerbread houses: perfectlyconstructed using judicious amounts of oak and finished with a lick of cinnamonand spice! Benefiting from the excellent vintage, this precipitous Grand Cru vineyard hastreated us to a wine of great decadence. The nose resonates with fine, soapy,rose petal characters, together with a suggestion of turkish delight. Thepalate is supremely supple, richly decorated with layers ofnectarine-like, suave fleshy fruit. Almost vendange tardive in style, given thesweetness of fruit. (David Berry Green, BBR Buyer)

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