The Furst 2005 Alsace Gewurztraminer ($15.99)
Clear pale gold. Classic Alsace Gewurz aromas: Litchees and roses, potent, fresh and true. Full-bodied, creamy texture, litchees and white fruit, a distinct spiciness on the palate. Good, fresh-fruit acidity cloaks off-dry residual sugar, and its 13% alcohol content, a bit robust for a white, doesn't throw it out of balance. The finish bears a startling resemblance to the light, slightly sweet juice from a can of litchees. US Importer: Eagle Eye Imports Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; a Knysz-Fertal Selection. (Nov 28, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Because of its extremely bold aromatics, Alsace Gewurz is a challenging food match. I crafted a Pacific Rim-style dish to match, Kentucky freshwater shrimp with onions, green peppers and tomatoes in a lightly spicy, chipotle-scented sauce over rice, but the potent rose-petal and litchee aromatics, although compatible, were a bit much even for these assertive food flavors. My wife thinks it might go with something like baked sweet potatoes with nutmeg and cinnamon. I say save it for sipping as an aperitif.



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