A couple of weeks ago (Dec. 2nd), I posted a TN from an experience with my first Alsace Gewurtztraminer-- Gettin' Spicy.
And the wine just so happened to be---much to my dismay as I later learned from forumite response---from the much loathed and despised 2003 vintage. Therefore, I was encouraged by my fellows on the forum (thanks Otto & Bob P.) to try one from a different vintage. I was much obliged to do so, so I picked up a bottle of:
2004 Pierre Sparr Alsace Gewurtztraminer Reserve 13.5%alc.
Well, Hell! This is way Mo' Betta! (if you please)
A far cry from that '03 rubbish!
This has a great aromatic rose petal-ish nose with fruit and spice (of course). On the palate it's dry but luscious, great intensity with tropical fruit notes, a bit of minerality, theres even something else here-- I think I'm going to call it a little -creamy, not to mention the great balance of acidity and that great "gewurtz" spice that typifies this illustrious noble.
This is no doubt what my "Al-Gewurtz" experience was/is supposed to be like.
Well, hope has been restored, and my formerly doubtful attitude has been adjusted. This is most certainly a delightful "Vin d'Alsace"!