Gewurtztraminer, 2013. Martin Schaetzel

Gewurtztraminer, 2013. Martin Schaetzel

Item #: L0318W3IF
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Gewurztraminer
Vineyard/Appellation: Alsace A.O.C., France
Color: Pure Gold
Nose: Musk Oil, Pumpkin
Palate: Ripe, Luscious Apricot
Finish: Long, Engaging
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Fowl, Game/Alcohol: 13.5%

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With this selection, we're not sure which we're more fascinated by: the wine itself or the story behind it. Domaine Martin Schaetzel was founded nearly 100 years ago by Martin Schaetzel, the grand uncle of its current owner, Jean Schaetzel. The winery is in the heart of the Alsace region in France, which had been completely destroyed during WWII.

Jean took over the estate in the 1980s, after it had been rebuilt. He has taken it to a new level by introducing biodynamic farming and instituting a policy of minimal interference by hand or science in the growing of grapes and crafting of wine.

Every bug, every weed, everything is analyzed and dealt with organically, with no chemicals involved. This very labor-intensive procedure ensures that only the healthiest and finest grapes are produced and converted to wine. And of course, all this shows in the finished product. Our selection is nothing short of a sublime example of the results of this painstaking process.

Gew?rztraminer is truly a star grape. Even its name is exciting. Gewurtz means "spicy" in German. Some 200 years ago, grape growers in Alsace were experimenting with different clones of the Traminer grape. They noticed that some clones had a spicy element, so they isolated them and called the grape Gewurztraminer for "spicy Traminer." The name is perfect. The spice, musk oil and apricot flavors sing in the glass, on your tongue and in your heart.

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