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Hugel Gewurztraminer 2010

Over the weekend my husband and I had dinner at Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill. In addition to having a fabulous wine list, especially for upstate NY [just like it’s sister restaurants Angelo’s Prime and Aperitivo] it is located a very short equidistance from our house and the movie theatre. It becomes the perfect spot for us to enjoy bottles not stocked in the local wine shops, and have a yummy snack or two before the movie. I selected Hugel Gewürztraminer 2010 to accompany our quick pre-Batman snack of Russian deviled eggs, fresh horseradish-marinated cucumbers and truffle fries with spicy aioli.

The Hugel Family is famous for not just their impressive wines, but also for their unbroken 12 generations of family winemakers since 1639. Located in Alsace, the driest wine appellation in France, their motto is “The wine is already in the grape.” They practice a combination of ancestral methods and ultramodern techniques in order to produce the motto. The average age of the vines is 30 years, they do not use any chemical fertilizers, all grapes are harvested by hand, and the presses are filled by gravity rather than mechanical pumping. In addition to their own vineyards, the Hugel family also purchases grapes from local growers under long-term contract that apply the same high standards and lack of mechanical intervention in their vineyards. Their modern mission is “to make Alsace wine the great white wine of the XXIst century.”

Pale straw yellow in colour, ardent aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom and stony minerals rose from my glass. Summer apple, zesty lemon and sweet honey flavours abounded in the medium body. Pleasantly bitter grapefruit, earthy minerals and traces of roasted nuts comprised the lengthy finish, whilst whispers of honeysuckle lingered sweetly beneath. Dry, elegant and complex this is a dapper glass spectacular with spicy dishes or all on its own.

100% Gewürztraminer

Bottled by Hugel et Fils
14% Alcohol
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013

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