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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "An entirely varietal wine, aged in a majority of stainless steel, this smoothly textured experience begins in peach and apricot with balanced acidity, dry as a bone. It entices with rounded creaminess and inviting floral and lemon highlights. (VB)" (12/2016)
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Jancis Robinson: "*Good Value* Pale gold. Intensely aromatic with rose petals and lychees – sounds so clichéd but that is what it is like. It is hard to believe the stated alcohol because although this is deeply scented, it is supremely delicate and has the freshness to balance. A little more oily and viscous on the finish but floats like a much lighter wine. (JH)" (3/2016)
Wine Spectator: "Lychee and spice notes ride the creamy palate of this lightly tangy white, accented by grapefruit granita and smoky mineral flavors. Rich finish. Drink now through 2019. Web-Only 2016 (AN)"
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe yellow plum and baked apricot make for a heady, aromatic opening. The palate holds this fruit in a rich frame with a rounded, opulent yet toned mouthfeel. Some residual sugar boosts the rich fruit even further, and the rich, oily texture is cut by citrus freshness" (12/2015)
A stunning rendition of this tremendously fickle varietal. One of Framingham’s neighbours (and fellow K&L direct import) Te Whare Ra makes one of the best and most historic Gewurtz in New Zealand...there certainly seem to be something about this locale and classy Alsatian / German varietals. Capturing the haunting perfume and exotic flavors of the grape whilst maintaining balance and freshness is the key. This organic fruit is hand picked, given some skin contact before a wild ferment in neutral French oak begins. A small (12%) "vendage tardive" element ... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Notes of candied pink grapefruit zest and white peach puree are laced with fresh basil and grated ginger flavors in this modest, tangy white. (Web Only-2017)"
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points James Suckling: "A solid Gewurz with lemon rind, almond and hints of steel. Full-bodied, dry and fruity. Drink now." (9/2015) 90 points Vinous: "Bright, gold-tinged yellow. Lichee, grapefruit, sweet spices and a hint of grilled bacon on the musky, perfumed nose. Then very clean in the mouth, showing smoke and saline notes to the lemon, orchard fruit and green papaya flavors. This persistent wine boasts sneaky concentration and power, with noteworthy 7.7 g/l acidity for Gewürztraminer providing lift. Finishes with a welcome nuance of sweetness (10.2 g/l residual sugar). (ID)" (2/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 ...Read More »
The 2013 Gewurztraminer has intense floral aromas, lively acidity, flavors of Asian pears and a beguiling spicy finish. It's bone dry and has wonderful palate cleansing properties that make this wine pair perfectly with richer meals. Enjoy this beauty during your Thanksgiving dinner or bring it to your next holiday party.
The newest bottling of their flagship Dry Gewürztraminer marks the first release from their 2015 growing season. The grapes are sourced from their friends at Viento Vineyard in Monterey County. Their cool climate allows the Gewürztraminer to develop all of the classic components of the varietal: Bright aromas of rose petals, citrus, and minerality. Most notably, it showcases an unforgettable spiciness on the nose, a standard of this Alsatian-style wine. The flavors burst with lemon zest, tangerine, and hints of lychee. Though there is ample fruitiness on... Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "A very dense and gorgeous wine with stone, limestone, chalk and dried apple character. Full body, off dry. Amazing finish. It goes on for minutes. What great transparency and clarity. Drink or hold." (9/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Well, the 2013 Gewurztraminer Hengst is no wine for easy drinking. It is the only Grand Cru that bids defiance to the Rangen de Thann. Coming from vines plated soon after WWII and 1957, the nose is seriously deep, salty-mineral and fresh, and displays clear aromas of white stone fruits, orange and lemon zests. Round, elegant and clear on the palate, t ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a wonderfully balanced wine, bursting with ripe spice as well as acidity. It’s a rich wine, now showing maturity without losing its fruit. The depth of flavor, drilling right down to the mineral structure, is impressive." (12/2014) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the heart of the Sporen grand cru, the deeply colored 2009 Gewurztraminer Hugel Jubilee opens with clear and harmonious Gewurz flavors on the explosively aromatic, spicy, deep and mineral nose. Rich and clear, soft and supple on the seductive palate, with a powerful, ripe and concentrated fruit expression, this dens ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sourced from 40-year-old vines, this elegant and forceful wine deftly marries varietal perfume and tangy fruit. Lush flavors of juicy nectarine and satsuma mandarin come with a gentle hint of mint. Complex and delicious, it puts a very positive, food friendly spin on Gewürztraminer." (2/2017) K&L Notes: Slightly smokey, saline, raw sugar cane, burnt orange peel, and wet stone all meet in a highly textured and clean GW.
Barnaby and Olga Tuttle's Portland-based Teutonic Wine Company, is, need we say, an idiosyncratic outfit focused on German and Alsatian wine styles. And obsessively focused on terroir — they now collect grapes before harvest from each vineyard in order to start a native yeast culture for each fermentation.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sourced in the warm Wanne block (officially: Heisse and Kalte Wanne) the 2013 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler opens with a bright and spicy fruit aroma and some very prominent stony flavors. Very clear and highly elegant, with a smooth acidity and a great fruit intensity on the palate this moelleux yet piquant Traminer from the 2013 "picture book vintage for Gewurztraminer" (Alain Beydon) has a great aging potential though it is lovely to enjoy even today. (SR)" (9/2015)