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Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol 2011

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2011 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco Alto Adige 750ml

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Elena Walch:
Elena Walch – the wine style is as elegant as the name. Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional ... Read more
Elena Walch – the wine style is as elegant as the name. Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. An architect by trade, Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts to the traditional establishment. Now, the responsibility for the family business is being put into the hands of the daughters, Julia and Karoline Walch, already the fifth generation.    The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. The firm belief that the quality of wine is created in the vineyard requires uncompromising work, taking into account the individuality of each vineyard. With 55 hectares in cultivation, including the two top vineyards Castel Ringberg in Caldaro und Kastelaz in Tramin, Elena Walch belongs to the most important protagonists of Alto Adige winemaking.    The wines show character, elegance and great personality, reflecting the most professional winemaking. The superb climatic conditions and the excellent location of the vineyards produce fresh and fruity white wines as well as concentrated and velvety red wines. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.00 5
09/19/2012

A bit salty on the nose with hints of licorice and fennel and light older wood aromas. A hint of smoke and salted plum fruit. Light and elegant on entry with a fine, delicate texture. Fully ripe tannins, transparent blackberry and black plum skin fruit have just a hint of cocoa and licorice adding some complexity. The very light finish shows good fruit persistence with great transparency and a lovely, stony finale. This may be very small-scaled but at the same time, it is quite complete. 89pts


Member Reviews for Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol

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Snooth User: luca chevalier
5336612,535
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/01/2010

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: luca chevalier
5336612,535
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 08/12/2010

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Sweetstuff
139592254
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/10/2009

TN: Stunning Alto Adige (DOC) Gewürztraminer at Dino's:Elena Walch Kastelaz 2006. 15 pabv, $57/750 ml at Dino's Restaurant, Cleveland Park, Washington, DC; Elena Walch SRL; Termeno (Alto Adige) Italy, imported by American Wine Distributors, Inc., San Francisco.The second time that Dean has made a powerful impression on me by both his knowledge and selection of northern Italians. Last year we had an equally exciting meal, including the wine. This gem of a small restaurant is certainly a must-visit for folks like me whenever I'm in or near the District.Has a rich straw color with pinkish glints. When I first put my nose in the glass, I immediately called for a decanter. Begins with a rather massive lichee-and-rosewater-'I'm Gewurz', but this quickly resolves to a succession of complex, shimmering scents that follow one another almost too quickly to write down: almonds, dried flowers, saffron, eau de Cologne, blood orange zest, and many aromas that are suggested but which I couldn't identify in the time given me, so quickly did they flash by.The wine shows light tannic extraction with a fluidity in the mouth that belies its 15 percent alcohol, vibrant, beautifully-structured acidity, and an extremely graceful finish that sums up all the above. This is certainly the very best Gewurz of its style that I've ever tasted, and perhaps one of the greatest from anywhere. Walch has taken this often-clumsy variety and made it into something which is a cross between a butterfly wing and an angel's breath. Rating something like this with a number is truly an insult to the art, but it's certainly somewhere in the magic land between 96 and 99 points.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/01/2009

Beaujolais-esque nose. Similar flavors, sweet ripe blackberry. Young, bright and fruity. Fan of Beaujolais will like it. Bigger wine lovers may not.


Snooth User: luca chevalier
5336612,535
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/17/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: beeflo
3306139
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 03/02/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
03/27/2013

Elena Walsh Pinot Grigio is very pure and true to varietal character. Well bodied, juicy with mild acidity on the palate. Harmonic and persistent on the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/06/2010

Der Lagrein von Elena Walch ist ein beeriges, weiches Gewächs von herber Fülle.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/07/2010

Elena Walch makes a number of delicious white wines but don't forget her Lagrein. It's full of dark, plush berries and makes a wonderful match with veal or lamb.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/07/2010

Pale straw yellow. On the nose it is floral, reminiscent of rose petals with delicate spice and hints of Muscat, followed by softness and richness on the palate, a very mouth-filling wine with a dry finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/21/2010

Elena Walch beweist mit dem Merlot, dass sie auch eine hervorragende Rotweinproduzentin ist. Unsere Degustationsnotizen: Jugendliche, tiefrubinrote Farbe. In der Nase sortentypisch. Ein saftiger, eleganter Merlot mit viel Finesse.



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