Jace Wines: 2017 Ansitz Rynnhof Gewűrtztraminer

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Welcome again to the latest edition of the Jace Wines e-Blast Newsletter.  Thanks for the purchases, and thanks even more for the excellent feedback.  We passed along your comments to Alessandro Pascolo, and he is impressed with the willingness of our customers to share their “excellent” opinions.  If you have any specific questions for Alessandro, please let us know – and, if sensible, we will publish the question, and his answer, in a future newsletter.

Rynnhof is in the house.  We are thrilled to present to you – available for the first time in the USA – the wines of Nathalie Bellutti and her father, Johann.  Tracing its origins to the middle ages, their beautiful winery sits in the heart of the town of Tramin, in Italy’s famous Sűdtirol region of the Alto Aldige appellation.

The view from the Gewűrztraminer vineyard,
looking down on Tramin.

Tramin is the home of Gewűrtztraminer, a famous, spicy white wine of great complexity; Vernatsch, also known as Schiava, a light and delicious fruity red; and Lagrein, the Celentino family’s favorite red.  We will be featuring all of Nathalie’s wines, including her luscious Pinot Bianco.  Today’s first offering is Rynnhof’s Gewűrtztraminer, a sumptuous example of this powerhouse.

Gewűrtztraminer.  This pink-skinned grape is the cousin of Savignin Blanc, no relation to Sauvignon Blanc of Bordeaux.  Grown throughout the Alsace region of France, and throughout Germany, we think its best expression is from Tramin.  The locals agree, and are happy to have their town associated with this special, aromatic wine.  The grapes themselves are high in sugar content, but the best Gewűrtztraminer is finished dry, and has deep aromatics of lychee.  Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychee are said to share the same aroma compounds.  Many US consumers are afraid of Gewűrtztraminer because they brace for a sticky, sweet white wine.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

The aromas are very floral, and spicy, bringing scents of cinnamon, clove, and white pepper.  The flavor profile is decadent, with flavors of rose petal, exotic spice, and lychee fruit.  This wine has “legs” and its viscosity made it one of our favorites in the entire commune.  This wine pairs especially well with spicy dishes, and is a perfect pairing with New Orleans creole as well as Asian cuisine.  Chris has a traditional family crayfish recipe that you should try with this wine.  It is also an excellent aperitif unto itself; most is enjoyed this way in Tramin.  You will not be disappointed.

FEATURED THIS WEEK: 2017 Ansitz Rynnhof Gewűrtztraminer

Hillside fruit from two sloping vineyards, one planted in 1964, one in 2009, without malolactic fermentation.  Simply delicious.


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