2014 Weinbach "Cuvée Laurence" Gewürztraminer Alsace

SKU #1244696 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from the bottom of the Altenbourg and the Furstentum Grand Cru, the 2014 Gewurztraminer Cuvée Laurence yielded not more than 15 hectoliter per hectare because of drosophila suzukii. The wine starts discreet on the nose and reveals the purity of granite soils combined with the more aromatic fruit of the Furstentum. Very delicate, filigreed and sweet on the palate, but also deep and complex in the elegant flow, with a crisp and salty finish. Bottled 10 days before I tasted it at the end of June this year. (SR)  (10/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Bright lemon-yellow. Pure aromas of musky lime, mango and sweet herbs are lifted by a spicy note. Juicy and intense, with plenty of fresh acidity enlivening the flavors of tropical fruits, lime and cinnamon; some smoky botrytis provides another dimension. Finishes long but a little hard, with a mineral element. Neither especially fat nor oily, this graceful wine is made from grapes grown on the lower slopes of the Altenbourg. (IDA)  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe apricot and yellow plum fruit is lightly honeyed and spiced on the silky palate of this light-bodied, floral white, with juicy acidity and a zesty, mineral underpinning that echoes on the finish. (AN) (Web Only-2015)

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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.
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