Review: Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2013

We know what you’re thinking: What the heck is Gewürztraminer,  anyway, and how in God’s name do you pronounce it? Gewürztraminer, pronounced Geh-vurtz-trah-meen-ur, is a highly aromatic white grape varietal that predominantly thrives in cooler regions. The grape has pink skin and is naturally high in sugar, which gives the wines their signature lychee and passion fruit aromas. The grapes bud early, ripen late and need a solid amount of acidity to balance their high amounts of natural sugar. When in balance, they are highly aromatic and extremely flavorful, bursting with melon and stone fruit flavors.

The Trimbach family has been producing wines in Alsace since the early 1600s and is on the 13th generation of winemakers, making them a legendary fixture of the region. Their vineyards are found all around Ribeauvillé and are planted in limestone-rich soils. The family has been producing dry, fruit-forward wines for 12 generations, with an emphasis on structure and age-worthiness.

Trimbach’s 2013 Gewürztraminer is an incredible example of what dry Alsatian Gewürztraminer should be; the wine is perfectly balanced, with strong aromas of lychee and rose petal. The palate is full and fruit forward, bursting with peach-melon flavors that lead to a spicy, savory finish. Perfect as an aperitif, though stellar with Asian cuisine, spicy food and soft cheeses.

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