A fruity, fragrant, and intense Gewϋrztraminer from Alsace…
This Gewϋrztraminer from Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs in Alsace, France, a full-bodied, nicely balanced white, offered a concentrated bouquet of tropical and floral notes on the nose and an intense mix of sweet, ripe fruit, honey, lemon rind, as well as a hint of spice in the mouth. In other words, it typified the varietal.
We found it a little overbearing on its own, a question of personal preference more than anything else, but it paired well with a spicy, Thai curry dish. We could see it pairing nicely with other spicy foods, as well as cream-based dishes.
Described as a dry wine, we’d consider it more of an off-dry. At less than $18 CAD, it represented good value for the quality. We look forward to tasting the Réserve version of this wine the next time we order in spicy Asian cuisine.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 88/100
The Bottle Details…
Name: Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer
Producer: Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs
Region/Country: Alsace, France
Grape Varietal(s): Gewϋrztraminer
Alcohol content: 13%
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO
Cost: $17.45 CAD
Bottle Presentation: A plain, understated label, although the yellow background on the producer’s name adds a splash of colour.
The Tasting Details…
Appearance: Pale lemon.
Nose: An intense nose of banana, rose, lemon, and almond.
Taste: An off-dry, full-bodied white, with medium acidity. The intensity of this offering continued in the mouth, with pronounced flavours of sweet, ripe pear, banana, honey, tangerine, tangy lemon rind, and rose, as well as a hint of spice.
Finish: A long sweet and tangy finish.