2007 Hugel "Jubilée" Gewürztraminer

SKU #1129989 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep straw-yellow. Subtle, reticent nose hints at smoked meat and dusty brown spices. Fat, dense and deep, with an enticing deep sweetness currently masking the wine's inherent complexity. With time in the glass, this exploded with spices. An extremely young wine with impressive power and length. This clocks in at 14.5% alcohol, the highest ever for this bottling. 91(+?) points  (12/ 2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This delicate version displays good concentration nonetheless, and finely tuned acidity defines flavors of apricot, melon rind, lychee, lemon curd, anise and salty mineral. Hints of wax and nut show some age, but this is still sleek and vibrant. Aging nicely. Drink now through 2020.  (9/ 2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Originating primarily in the clay-rich, Grand Cru-rated Sporen, Hugel’s 2007 Gewurztraminer Jubilee leads with mint, sweet pea, and rose petal, all of which set the tone for an oily, rich, yet metaphorically-speaking cooling, soothing palate impression, ironic in view of the fact that -- at 14.5% alcohol -- the wine sets a record for this cuvee. Underlying meat stock and smoky peat add depth, and a burst of brown spices informs a finish in which I can find no heat.  (4/ 2010)

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Gewurztraminer

- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.
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France

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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.