2013 Hugel "Classic" Gewürztraminer Alsace
A solid Gewurz with lemon rind, almond and hints of steel. Full-bodied, dry and fruity. Drink now.
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Gewurztraminer Hugel is very clear and aromatic on the frank and open nose, rather spicy than exuberantly fruity, and fascinatingly subtle and fresh. Full-bodied yet not heavy, quite rich and elegant, with a nicely-juicy sweetness on the palate (10 grams per liter), this virtually dry wine has the structure, freshness and tension for at least 15 years. It drinks dangerously well already. Drink over the next five or more years. (SR)