Editorial Reviews for Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol
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
Two and a half glasses
Two and a half glasses
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.
Beaujolais-esque nose. Similar flavors, sweet ripe blackberry. Young, bright and fruity. Fan of Beaujolais will like it. Bigger wine lovers may not.
Three and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Alto Adige Südtirol
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.
Der Lagrein von Elena Walch ist ein beeriges, weiches Gewächs von herber Fülle.
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.
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.
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