Monday, November 28, 2011

Cuvee Michel Leon Gewurztraminer 2009 wine review by (PB)

Nice gold hue with fragrant tropical fruit and sweet spices.

Palate--Sweet, floral, tasty with nice aftertaste that lingers a bit.

This Alsatian wine was excellent--before tasting it. The bouquet is flattering and I was expecting a lot in the mouth but this wine is a good example of the importance of structural balance. It is terribly deficient in acid making the whole wine a rather unpleasant experience. It had so much promise but is flaccid and leaves one wanting to dump it.

I paid $10 for it at Trader Joe's but pass it up!


Anonymous said...

I'm glad we didn't pass it up! What do you want for 10 bucks?

PB said...

Your question is a valid one! Thanks for asking it. There are objective elements to wine tasting and as I am fond of reiterating, what a person likes is what a person likes--period. But after tasting thousands of wines over 35 years, one does pick up on some things regarding those "objective" elements. This wine was deficient as I noted. Now--as for the question, "What do you want for $10?" What UI want is a wine that is still well made regarding those objective elements. Price does not necessarily correlate to a well made wine. I have had MANY domestic Gewurz's as well as numerous Alsation and German and many of them are at this price point of $10. This wine has some good things going for it but at the end of the day, the acid balance of a wine like this is vitally important as to its pleasantness and desire for more. So, even $10, this wine does not make my grade. Thanks for stopping by our blog and raise a glass!