Spicy typical Gewurztraminer.
I've had quite a few Gewurztraminers, but none of them were Alsatian. Boy was I ever surprised by this one...a whopper of a wine. Medium to full bodied, intense and complex - both on the nose and the palate. The nose is pretty amazing in its complex intensity: sweet peach, candy, vanilla, flowers, honey, apple, and a hint fresh salty minerality (for lack of a better word). This wine is VERY FLORAL...more perfumed than light/fresh/wildflowery. On the palate I get LITCHI fruit, sweet peach, pear, and honey on with a soft tangy acidity. Really juicy and mouthfilling. It does seem kind of oily or viscous, a characteristic that I'd normally associate more with some viogniers. Good length. I would personally have liked to see more acid or counterbalance to the sweetness. This wine was an ok pairing for thai takeout…but I thought it actually seemed too big for the moderately spicy coconut chicken curry! I think this wine would be a killer pairing with a sweeter food. I've seen this wine referred to as delicate, but I think it's anything but! Delicately balanced in its complexity, sure. But this white wine is a heavy hitter as far as I'm concerned! While it is slightly hot, the alcohol is in check and I would not say this wine is unbalanced in that sense.
External Reviews for Trimbach Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc
Dry and shows classic restraint, without any loss of the Gewurztraminer s exotic and spicy features.Trimbach are unquestionably one of the great names of Alsace and a family business that can trace its origins all the way back to 1626.Thirteen generations later, the Trimbachs of 2014 - brothers Bernard and Hubert, plus Bernard s sons, Pierre and Jean, and granddaughter Anne - remain true to the philosophy handed down to them by their 19th century ancestor, Frederic Emile.Grapes: 100% GewurztraminerRegion: France / Alsace / RibeauvilleMaker: Bernard TrimbachNotes: Full, balanced and very aromatic. Depending on the vintage, the principal aromas of Gewurztraminer are lychee, rose, ginger and geranium. The Trimbach Gewurztraminer is dry and shows classic restraint, without any loss of the Gewurztraminer s exotic and spicy feature.Serve: At 10-12c it has the intense aromatics to go brilliantly with Asian food but also extremely good with powerful cheeses. The Alsatians drink it with their brine-washed Munster, but it is equally at home with rich blue cheeses from Stilton to Roquefort.ABV: 13.5%
Winemaker's notes: Gewurztraminer is without a doubt the most distinctive wine from Trimbach. The variety's pronounced fragrance of rose, lychee and spice introduces the rich and often powerful taste adopted around the world as the perfect accompaniment to spicy food. The 2005 Gewurztraminer is dry, with good levels of natural alcohol and plenty of appealing acidity - the Trimbach family's signature.