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2006 Domaine Ostertag Gewurztraminer Fronholz Selection de Grains Nobles
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88? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

(10.7% alcohol, 125 g/l r.s. and 4.9 acidity) Surprisingly pale yellow for SGN. Aromas of mirabelle and cherry-almond; reminded me of plum wine. Rich but alcoholic in the mouth, with a bitterness that came as a shock following the wonderfully smooth 2007 SGN. Not a particularly glyceral style, and much less pure than the '07. I marked this down for a slightly advanced nutty note on the finish. Ostertag told me he made his 2007 SGNs from fruit selected at a leisurely pace, berry by berry, while in 2006 he picked whole clusters from sites affected by rot because it was essential to harvest quickly.

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One of the wine world's love-it-or-hate-it grapes, Gew├╝rztraminer is for many wine lovers the signature variety of Alsace. Its highly perfumed aromas of rose petal, smoked meat, lychee, grapefruit, and spices are immediate and captivating, although some examples lack refinement and seem a bit blowzy owing to low acidity and high alcohol. Gew├╝rztraminer is...
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