Wines do not have to be expensive, well marketed or reviewed to be enjoyable. So many times a snooty wine reviewer will pass over the low priced mass produced wine because they simply will not lower themselves. More so you find this in the blogsphere then anywhere else. One of the nicest things that John Galea has brought to this site is his willingness to try and review anything which means he covers up a great deal of slack that I leave. If you have a chance to go back and read many of his reviews you will see some great bottles of wine and then you will get to see some schlock that you may have thought about but were afraid to try. Tonight I will be reviewing one of those wines that I often have avoided. The region of Alsace is a wine region that grows and produces mostly white wines from Germanic descent grape varieties. The area hugs the Rhine river and is most often known for it’s dry Rieslings and of course it’s Gewürztraminers. La Maison Pierre Sparr is one of the largest producers in the region and this wine is one their pedestrian releases. Without going to much more into the wines from the region, as this is to be a shorter post, if you like good quality whites and enjoy Rhine varietals then dive into Alsace with both feet, you will most often then not be tickled with your choice. As for this wine, on to the tasting!
This is a stainless steel fermented to bottle Gewürztraminer. It has been made to allow for just a bit of sweetness and would be either a 1 or 2 on the sweetness scale (vintner says 2, I say 1, so let it be your call). The wine has a nice clean straw yellow colour to it. On the nose you will get flowers and citrus (as it warms up these will decrease and you will actually get more of an acid sense to your nostrils). The first sip will bring a sharp bite with good fruit. The acid is pronounced and despite some good marketing attempt by Pierre Sparr this wine is not overly balanced. The citrus remains throughout the tasting with grapefruit being most pronounced while a hint of lemon works it’s way through. The flowery nature to the nose is subtle during drinking though I get a bit of spring flowers. Overall, despite the acidity, this is a pleasant wine, easily drinkable on a warm summers day. I’d advise not allowing the temperature to rise much above 12 degrees celsius as the wine starts to disapear. For $16 dollars this is neither overpriced nor cheap (if that makes any sense) and if you are looking for a drier Gewürztraminer then give it a try.
The CWG Subjective Rating is 85 out of 100.
Mrs CWG says
Enjoyable, crisp, refreshing!