2002 Hugel Gewürztraminer Selection Grains Nobles (SGN) Alsace
Classic varietal character amplified. Rose, lychee and spice aromas and flavors weave throughout the creamy texture, picking up honey and caramel accents. Thick and balanced, with a concentrated finish. Drink now through 2020. 10 cases imported. (BS)
Hugel, a firm known for its dry-styled table wines, can make killer sweet wines as well, deftly illustrated by this example. It's full-bodied, broad in the mouth and rich, with considerable weight to its flavors of roses, dried apricots, marmalade and honey, yet stays fresh on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2020. (JC)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles is redolent of smoked meats, orange liqueur, and brown spices. Honeyed and superbly rich on the palate, it offers an invigorating, mineral-rich, oceanic salinity and carnal depth, combining sheer viscosity with brightness in a manner that Gewurztraminer can only achieve under the influence of subtle desiccation and refined botrytis. While it appears unlikely to ever give its siblings from 2005 or 2001 a run for the gold, it can certainly safely rest in one’s cellar for the next couple of decades. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(all grand cru Sporen) Aromas of orange peel and pineapple syrup. Less thick than the '01 tokays but still extremely rich and honeyed, with lively acids and lovely fruit. Finer than Hugel's other Gewurztraminers from this vintage.