Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mittnacht-Klack Alsace Grand Cru Rosacker Gewurztraminer, 1993

There are roses planted at the end of each vineyard row of this Grand Cru vineyard situated just outside the walls of the fairy-tale Medieval village of Riquewihr in Alsace. We stayed once in a bed and breakfast right beside this vineyard so I have good memories of the place as well as the wine.

From a half bottle, this 1993 Grand Cru Gewurz is fully mature. It's a deep gold color, deeper and more mature even than the 1983 Willm Pinot Gris (March 29). It's classic Gewurz--roses, exotic spices, honey and lychee nut. It's like a dessert wine in its rich, unctuous mouth feel. Would work well with dessert, but was also a match for black bean chili, of all things (well, not the perfect match, but that was the way things worked out). Flavors are powerful but focused and well defined. Definitely grand cru quality.

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