“This is a landmark wine from Alto Adige and one that seeks to expand the horizons for the Gewürztraminer grape. I am a huge fan of past editions and, in fact, awarded a perfect score to the inaugural 2009 vintage. However, this 2013 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Spätlese Epokale (with only 1,200 750-milliliter bottles released) does not soar to those same breathtaking heights. Instead, it is less nuanced overall, presenting moderate depth and dimension. You get honey, dried apricot, poached pear, spicy saffron and crushed chalk or mineral, but these aromas lack that buzzed energy and lifted character that I remember so fondly in the 2009. The wine aged from 2014 to 2020 inside an old abandoned mine in the Val Ridanna. Residual sugar plays a reduced role in this vintage.”
“Beautifully fragrant and redolent of honeysuckle and tropical fruit. The honey-like intensity is incredible. This medium-weight white shows a distant trace of residual sugar. It would make a nice pairing with rice pudding and raisins.”
“Bright golden yellow. Highly perfumed, aromatic nose offers fresh pear, yellow plum, mushrooms and lychee; very Alsatian in style. Citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors boast fine balance and focus. The 2016 Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer finishes with noteworthy cut and tropical fruit-driven thrust.”
“Vivid gold. A touch of volatile acidity adds freshness to the super-sweet aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, honey and vanilla. Could use more acidity for better lift, but this is a very pure, lovely sweet wine.”
“Closed with a glass cork, the 2016 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer is floral and fragrant with abundant layers of white rose, honeysuckle and orange blossom. If you love this variety, you are going to appreciate the clean lines and snappy style evidenced by this wine from the far north of Italy. Spicy notes of nutmeg and clove appear as distant accents on the close. The 15% alcohol fuels a long finish. The Tramin subzone of the appellation is home to some of the best Gewürztraminer in Alto Adige. Some 70,000 bottles were made.”
“Classic, stylish version of this famous Alto Adige variety from one of the region’s great cooperatives. It boasts lychee, yellow rose and mango perfumes, has substantial depth of fruit and abundant spice on the finish. It also ages surprisingly well.”
[A]n intense nose, offering smoky bacon rind, lavender, aromatic honey and dried citrus fruits. Full and oily on the palate, almost off-dry, with a dense mélange of flavors that even out into dried pineapple, lemon and golden syrup on the long finish. An exciting white.
The 2006 Gewurztraminer Terminum Vendemmia Tardiva is a late-harvest dessert wine made in a sumptuous style redolent of sweet passion fruit, mango, spices and French oak. The wine reveals gorgeous length on the palate and a long, lingering finish.