Sunday, December 12, 2004

Winecology: Trimbach Gewurztraminer Alsace, France 2001

Alsace is yet another old world wine region with which I am trying to become more familiar. Alsace is in Northeastern France near the German border. Not surprisingly Alsatian varietals also thrive in Germany - especially Reisling and Gewurztraminer. One angle that I plan to explore on this site in the near future is how Midwestern wineries are succeeding with Alsatian varietals. Consider this sampling a baselining exercise.

Trimbach is a family-run vineyard and winery that is nearly 400 years old. You can say that their wines have had the benefit of some practice and experience. Trimbach produces wines from nearly every grape that is grown in the Alsace. This particular effort was terrific. I came upon it while looking for a good wine to accompany a spicy Thai meal. Gewurztraminer is frequently recommended with spicy Asian foods because of its dry body, zesty personality and spicy fruit flavors.

The wine had a rich golden color. Bold floral aromas gave way to loads of lychee on the nose. In the mouth it was quite simply fresh and lively. I tasted melons, grapefruit and spice. The finish was smooth and lasting enough to hold its own against some pretty tough Thai spices.

Rating - 9.0 out of 10
Price - $13