Wine Review – 2015 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2015 Wine BottleA 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

Value: 4/5

The Bottle Details…

Name: Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer

Vintage: 2015

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.

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