This smells like sweet baking apple pie on the nose, but is much drier and almost tangy on the palate. Hints of apple sauce and cinnamon give a nod to the aromas, along with flavors of lychee, grapefruit peel, white pepper and smoke. Firm acidity provides balance for the ripe flavors, and the finish lingers with a smoky caramel note. Drink now through 2025. 220 cases made. (AN)
Despite its deep, brassy color, Olivier Humbrecht says that his 2008 Gewurztraminer Goldert was only modestly influenced by botrytis. Its aromas of bacon fat and new leather signal a quite different personality from that of the other Gewurztraminers in the present collection, although classic rose petal and litchi are present as well. Thanks to strong acidity and to high extract – of which a chalky cast as well as welcome, mouthwatering salinity in its finish might be indicators – this wine of 48 grams residual sugar ends up representing the “dry end” (if it can be called that!) of Zind-Humbrecht’s 2008 vintage Gewurztraminer collection. I would expect at least ten or a dozen years of interest, and suspect it will prove more adaptable in culinary contexts than its even higher residual-sugar siblings. (DS)
Full medium gold. Sexy aromas of flowers, golden raisin, truffle and almond. Fat, broad and sweet, with deep, very ripe floral and spice flavors dominating. Quite silky and opulent. (ST)
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