I Love Fine Wine – A Sweet German Gewurztraminer

You may know that I’m quite a fan of high-quality sweet German Rieslings. Here I am reviewing one of their cousins. Even if you don’t know German you might enjoy looking at the producer’s video. If you are in the Bad Duerkheim area of southwestern Germany, near the French border, you should check out the local Wurstmarkt that offers a lot more than hot dogs. This mid-September festival has been running for close to 600 years. And it’s easy to access by bus or by rail so you can taste many of the 150 wines. The companion wine is another German Gewurztraminer costing about half as much.

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Wine Reviewed Darting Duerkheimer Nonnengarten Gewuerztraminer Kabinett 2012 10.5 % alcohol about $18.

We can start by quoting the marketing materials “Tasting Note : Classic gewurz on the nose: rose petal and lychee aromas. Medium sweetness on the palate is perfectly balanced with acidity. The ultimate wine for Asian, curries and spicy dishes. Try it! Very textured and nuanced with an intriguing spicebox finish. Highly recommended. Pair with : spicy barbecued chicken, chicken vindaloo, autumn hodgepodge, fruit cake, wasabi seasoning. Drink: 2012-2018. Score – 93. (Natalie MacLean, at her web site, April 6, 2013)” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was honeyed and quite long. When paired with a barbecued chicken breast the libation’s response was citrus, sweet acidity, and lychees. Steamed quinoa with turmeric gave this liquid the classic honey and acidity of a Riesling with a touch of metal. A salad composed of tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, and red onion rendered the fermented juice almost too sweet as most of its acidity was gone. Fruit juice candy for dessert rendered the wine less sweet; it was long and balanced.

The second meal focused on a baked Atlantic salmon filet marinated in chili pepper, sliced garlic, lemon, and Agave. In response our German friend brimmed with honey and lemon with a wisp of smoke. Zucchinis cooked with onions and mushrooms added some charcoal to the mix. Stewed pears with cinnamon and allspice rendered the contents of my glass woody.

The final meal started off with fairly tasteless Japanese rice crackers. Alas there was no tasty Wasabi to verify the quoted reviewer’s viewpoint. Now this liquid came out lightly acidic, sweet, and long. The centerpiece was an omelet perked up with basil, crushed red pepper, and a touch of cumin. In response our drink replied with a great combination of acidity and sweetness. It was long and slightly dark. Zesty guacamole removed this acidity.

Final verdict. I definitely would buy this wine again. Unfortunately none of their other wines are available in local wine stores. One more thing – don’t’ buy this wine if you are looking for a 93. whatever that is.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine wine with the right foods and people. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his Italian travel website www.travelitalytravel.com

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