AG Pick: 2006 Trimbach Gewurztraminer

I can’t think of a better wine to toast the arrival of spring than the 2006 Trimbach Gewurztraminer.  Its beautiful and aromatic floral notes evoke thoughts of the first flowers of the season starting to bloom, and it is sure to make you smile after your first sip.

I first tried a Gewurztraminer from the Alsace winery in February at a seminar on sweet and fortified wines at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.  Their 2000 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles, a late harvest wine, was the highlight of the tasting.  It was so fragrant I felt like I was sticking my nose in a bouquet of roses.  Unfortunately at more than $200 a bottle, it was a wine I don’t think I’ll get to enjoy again any time soon.

The experience led me to seek out other wines from Trimbach, at a more wallet-friendly price.  The 2006 Gewurztraminer is much more affordable at $22 a bottle (Trimbach also produces Riesling, which you can find for less than $20 a bottle).

This Gewurztraminer is bright golden yellow in color, with aromas of white flowers, peach and sweet lemon.  On the palate is an explosion of flavor with honeysuckle, apricot, peach, lychee, wildflower honey and a slight hint of cinnamon and spice on the finish that lingers for quite some time.  It’s elegant and supple in the mouth, with well-balanced acidity and alcohol (13.5%).

After my first few sips I was hooked.  This is the kind of wine that grabs you right away and is impossible to put down.

The Trimbach Gewurztraminer can be served with seafood, spicy Asian dishes or fruit.  Or enjoy it on its own — this wine pairs perfectly with sunshine and is sure to brighten up a cloudy day.