2010 Pacherhof Gewürztraminer Valle Isarco
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw-gold. Pungent, floral aromas of pink grapefruit, orange blossom, smoky bacon and sweet spices. Suave, dense and fresh, with harmonious acidity giving the wine's floral and ripe tropical fruit flavors terrific lift. A less opulent, more refined version of Gewurz that would have merited an even higher score with a little more complexity and definition.
A family-run domaine since 1142, Pacher-hof produces some of region's most exciting white wines from varietals more commonly associated with Germany than Italy, like this Traminer (a.k.a. Gewürztraminer). It may come as a surprise to you, but this aromatic, full-bodied, luscious white wine with exotic floral and lightly spicy characteristics is one of the most sought-after wines in the Valle Isarco. Cool-climate acidity adds freshess and verve to this complex, rich white, lifting the floral and nutty tropical fruit aromas and flavors and accentuating its distinctive gingery spice. Pair this beauty with a variety of richer and/or exotic dishes, ranging from a classic goose liver terrine to spicy Asian-style grilled prawns.