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2009 Williams Selyem Gewürztraminer Late Harvest 375ml

2009 Williams Selyem Gewürztraminer Late Harvest

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Bright yellow gold. Hypnotic, explosively perfumed bouquet evokes rose oil, orange zest, apricot and spicecake, along with a hint of juniper; smells like Hendrick's gin. Weighty but lithe, offering sweet pit and orchard fruit flavors complemented by orange zest, spices and a strong lashing of candied rose. Extremely sweet and nectar-like but in no way syrupy, finishing with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. This essence of gewurz clocks in at 9% alcohol.

94 Points - Vinous

Producer: Williams Selyem
Website: www.williamsselyem.com

Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $39.99

Availability: 1

Available Vintages:
2009(375ml)  2011(375ml)  

Varietal: Gewurztraminer
With it’s distinctive floral and tropical fruit aromas reminiscient of lychee and it’s pink colored skin, Gewurztraminer is, both as a grape in the vineyard and wine in the glass, one of the most recognizable varieties. It’s name is derived from it’s parent Traminer and ‘Gerurz’ the Germany for spice, although this refers to its pungent and perfumed aromatic quality rather than anything inherently spicy. The grape’s pink skins add a depth of color and combine with its high alcohol (typircally around 14% due to its ability to accumulate sugar) to produce wine with lots of body and flavor. The grape is most common in the French and Germany regions of Alsace and Pfalz, but it also becoming more popular in cool climate New World sites in New Zealand and Washington State.

Country: United States
Although wine is made in all 50 states, it is understandable, with almost 90% of the country's production, that California is synonymous with domestic wine. As of 2010 harvest, reports indicate that Washington, New York & Oregon account for additional 6% of production, meanwhile Virginia, Missouri and Texas's wine industries are growing to a point beyond that of just a tourist attraction.

Region: California
California is one of the most diverse wine producing regions of the world. Although it has a history spanning over 200 years, it has experienced most of its growth in the last fifty years. The regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County have become as renowned as France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy. While Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are by far the most popular fine wine varieties, producers in the Golden State have also experimented with an unparalleled array of diverse varieties, including Zinfandel, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.


Type: Fortified and Dessert
Dessert wines are usually any sweet wine drunk with or around a meal. White fortified wines (fino and amontillado sherry) are usually drunk before the meal, and the red fortified wines (port and madeira) drunk after it. Most fortified wines are regarded as distinct from dessert wines, but some of the less strong fortified white wines, are regarded as honorary dessert wines. In the United States a dessert wine is legally defined as any wine over 14% alcohol by volume, which includes all fortified wines.