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Friday, February 19, 2010

2005 Chateau D'Orscwihr Gewurztraminer Bollenberg

This retails for about $22 in the US. (Curiously, the 2007 on the winery's website costs nine Euros, but other American shops are selling various vintages – exact same label – for $20 or so).

The nose is mostly peach driven.

Fairly simple, peach and golden apple dominate, with a touch of vanilla, spice, and a fine balance of sugar and acid.

A very Gewurzy finish – a sort stewed, spiced apricot quality lingers for quite a while.

Alsace is known for making dry whites, but this is the second we've had from the region that has been rather sweet. A decent wine, but outrageous at $22. If you're in Europe and will be paying nine Euros then it may be worth a whirl, but I can't get behind this.

Score - 82


Shannon Casey said...

My wife and I love Geurztraminer. She prefers the sweeter styles and I love the dry ones. Regardless, there are so many good Gewurzs out there at $10-$15, that I am not sure I would ever get excited paying $20+ for one.

thewineauxs said...

I tend to agree - once you start getting into the high priced (non-dessert) Rieslings and Gewurzs, things get a little weird with the flavor profiles.

winemonologues said...

Yea, a "meh" Gewurtz for $22.00. Not worth the effort or cash. Thanks for the heads up!