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Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

The Gewürztraminer Vigna “Kastelaz” is an international benchmark for the variety. With a rich, golden yellow color and a beguilingly complex bouquet both elegant and mineral, with aromas of roses and lychee as well as subtle acacia honey. On the palate, the wine is convincing and complex with an elegant structure, stimulating acidity, harmonious-spicy freshness and a delicate, vibrant finish. A wine with finesse and character!

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V 94
Vinous
Dark bright yellow. Aromas and flavors of smoked beef, rose petal, grapefruit oil, cinnamon and lychee. The finish is long, very pure, and balanced. Absolutely beautiful Gewürz Kastelaz that packs a wallop of fruit and spicy notes without being over the top. The Kastelaz is an extremely hot site that can give blowsy, too opulent Gewürzes but not so this year.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The terraced Kastelaz vineyard is located near the town of Tramin and is planted to Gewürztraminer and Merlot at 350 meters above sea level. This panoramic vineyard site gives rise to the beautiful 2017 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Kastelaz. This fragrant and abundant wine delivers beautiful tones of white rose, candied orange peel, wild herb and honey. This is a dry wine with impressive textural richness. The wine sees six hours of skin contact and is fermented at cool temperatures (18 degrees Celsius) in stainless steel to lock in those floral aromas. Some 14,000 bottles were produced.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A firm and focused version, offering an expressive display of lychee, pink grapefruit sorbet, jasmine and spice aromas and flavors, all finely meshed with stony minerality and vibrant acidity on the lacy palate. Drink now through 2025. 1,200 cases made.
JS 92
James Suckling
Tons of ripe yellow fruit here and a delicately smoky touch adding interest to this concentrated, but not massive gewurtz. Long, creamy finish. With a bit more complexity this would have rated even higher. Drink or hold.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
This wine opens with scents of rose petals and flavors of mango and litchi. It picks up notes of ginger and spice with exposure to air, and finishes a bit warm. Chill it well and serve with a spicy stir-fry.
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Elena Walch

Elena Walch

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Elena Walch, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands, and belongs to the elite in Italian wine production, with international success. Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts.

The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation.

The picturesque single estates of Castel Ringberg and Kastelaz are the heart of Elena Walch's vineyards, now working on a vineyard surface of 55ha. With sustainability being one of the core values at Elena Walch, the wines reflect the various terroirs they originate from. Finally, with the aim of making only the highest quality wines, Elena Walch has been honored with several national as well as international awards.

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Trentino-Alto Adige

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A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino.

Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.

Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed, Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero.

The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.

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Gewurztraminer

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Gewürztraminer is an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety. It is considered a noble variety in the Alsace region of France, and can produce beautiful wines in the mountainous Alto Adige region of north-eastern Italy. With the notable exception of the Anderson Valley, most regions of California are too warm for Gewürztraminer’s low potential acidity, but it has done particularly well in more northerly, cooler regions of North America such as British Columbia, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, and New York's Finger Lakes.

In the Glass

Gewürztraminer is bold and highly aromatic, with intense flavors of lychee, rose petal, ginger, musk, exotic spice, smoke, pineapple, apricot kernel and peach. Wines range from bone dry to quite sweet and its naturally low acidity is offset by high levels of skin-derived phenolics, which in addition to aromatics, provide weight and a good structural grip.

Perfect Pairings

Gewürztraminer’s natural spiciness makes it a great ally for flavorful cuisine, such as Indian, Middle Eastern, or Moroccan fare. It is also excellent with dense, oily fish like salmon, swordfish and mahi-mahi, and works well with a wide range of meats and charcuterie. Gewürztraminer truly shines with classic Alsatian dishes like choucroute, Quiche Lorraine and anything egg-based.

Sommelier Secret

Because of its floral perfume and tendency towards slight sweetness, Gewürztraminer makes for an excellent gateway wine. For those who have been introduced to wine through Moscato or other sweet wines, Gewürztraminer can serve as the perfect bridge towards an appreciation for dry whites.

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