All Vintages of this wine
Available sizes
Food pairing
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Barbeque
  • Curry
  • Fish
  • Pork

2005 Weinbach, Domaine Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive

  • Gewurztraminer
  • 375ML
  • WA91

Reviews

WA91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2008
Peppermint candy, marzipan, and white chocolate in the nose of the 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive lead to an expectedly somewhat candied, but also honeyed and litchi-, bacon fat-, and brown spice- laden... Peppermint candy, marzipan, and white chocolate in the nose of the 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive lead to an expectedly somewhat candied, but also honeyed and litchi-, bacon fat-, and brown spice- laden palate. The finish here is ever so slightly warm, but that's not out of place given its sheer richness and patisserie and spice intensity. I'd want to revisit this in a few years before hazarding a prognosis of its long-range ageworthiness. The dynamic trio of Fallers continues to bottle some of France's (hardly just Alsace's) richest and most flamboyant wines. Beginning with 2005, all of their vineyards are being biodynamically farmed. Laurence Faller finds their 2005s in general "more focused and clear" (this was especially true of Riesling) despite their often prominent botrytis component, and the 2004s richer. I suppose it goes without saying, but one has to carefully scrutinize each Weinbach label, so numerous are the cuvees. And as wonderful as is the distinctiveness exhibited by the vast majority of wines here, even a geek like yours truly could be forgiven for asking whether somewhat fewer different bottlings might benefit consumers as well as journalists!

Comments