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Monday, March 21, 2011

Helfrich Vin D’Alsace 2008 Gewürztraminer


Mardi Gras Wine 004
Helfrich Gerwurz stands aristocratically
amidst chilling brews.
 This Gewurztraminer shows intensity and finesse and was the hit of a recent dinner party.

The Alsace region of France is a haven for dry white wines. It is also the only region in France where the wine is labeled with the grape variety, as opposed to the region and producer. That certainly makes things less confusing for the typical American consumer.

We’re fans of Gewurztraminer but haven’t tried a large number from Alsace. We’ll certainly have to correct that situation. Wine Chick and Sax Man brought this to the party and died-in-the-wool red drinkers found this to be a really enjoyable wine. This wine exhibited the trademark floral notes with a bit of spice and citrus. There was a hint of rose petals – but not enough to overpower.

This is a dry wine with a light body and a nice balance. It has acidity to give it a crisp touch.

The selling price is about $14, so it is an affordable French vino worth seeking out. It has a nice complexity and a finish that lingers.

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