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Food Pairings for Domaine Frédéric Mochel Riesling Alsace Aoc
TN:2005 Domaine Frédéric Mochel Gewurztraminer, 14 pabv.$30/750 ml from Dorothy Lane Market, Kettering, OH; Vintner Select; Mason, OH. http://www.cellartracker.com/labels/92890.jpgI've been on a lookout for this domaine after hearing that one of the Trimbach family, when asked what they grabbed for when needing a bottle of Alsatian wine and there was none of his own to hand, named Mochel. Pretty good recommendation. So when I saw this on the shelf, I bit, not least because I find that outside of one small Michigan producer and one or two small California makers, the only Gewurz I really like usually comes from Alsace, and not much of that, so I neglect this variety (SIC!). Cork was pulled. Immediately poured without any decanting or airing other than what could be provided by wrist grease.Promising color of not-too-long-ago polished copper, having precisely that same touch of pink as usually acquired from cask aging.The nose begins with a tea-like hint of herbaciousness, with a noticeable note of leather or resin, with the nuttiness quite neutral and the spiciness with restraint; nice touch of rosewater and so forth quite harmonious and toned-back. Medium-delicate mouth-feel. Quite energetic minerality, with your typical range of Traminer flavors, including a hint of bitter orange, but not at all overwhelming or unpleasant, and moderate length, still set off by a tingling vibrancy. Served with seared Ahi tuna, Basmati rice, Shoyu sauce, and buttered sweet grean peas. All the food was enhanced by this wine, and not a single note seemed to be out of place. Quiet and understated; however, a very satisfying and satisfactory wine, although the food brought out the energy and the fireworks of the fruit and alcohol some.After several days in the refrigerator, noted something strange. The nose has the fruity-woody notes that one often encounters in a medium-to-large wine cellar or wine storage system. Is Gewurz the sum of all the positive characteristics of other grapes? Stee-range, indeed. Anyone else notice this. As David R. says, great elegance in this wine and I'd suggest drinking it within the next 1-2 years.
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