Gewürztraminer is a white grape popular in eastern France, Germany, Austria, northern Italy and California. It is one of the most distinctively aromatic grapes in the world, with scents of rose petals, lychee and ginger spice commonly found in the wines it produces. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Gewürztraminer among our extensive Gewürztraminer wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Gewürztraminer reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Gewürztraminer, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
It may be vendange tardive, but the sweetness is the least of this wine’s qualities. It is more to do with how it relates to the terroir of the Heimbourg vineyard, with its mineral character, and its fine structure and texture. The fruit is still young, and would benefit from 5–10 years aging.— R.V. (4/1/2005)
Laurence Faller is the family winemaker at Domaine Weinbach, and this wine is a tribute to her skills. It is a wonderful blend of rich fruits, warm spice and tight acidity, with a finish that lasts and lasts in the mouth. It is a very fine wine, designed for aging, and would be best enjoyed after 2016.— R.V. (3/1/2014)
Hints of smokiness combine with a perfumed character in this wonderful wine. It has richness, with lychee and spice flavors, while adding the extra complexity of a touch of toast and green tea. Wonderful now, but will age for five years and more.— R.V. (12/1/2011)
At nearly 10 years of age, this beautiful Gewürz shows how well a good California dessert wine can age. It’s still brisk in clean acidity, but is honeyed and sweet, with nearly 19% residual sugar. Shows rich, exotic pineapple, tangerine marmalade, gingerbread, apricot jam, buttered toast, crème brûlée, vanilla cream and spice flavors, leading to a long, deliriously…— S.H. (10/1/2011)
Even after a big dinner, there’s room for this amazingly rich dessert wine. With residual sugar of 15.3%, it’s extremely sweet, but vibrant acidity gives it nerve and zest. Shocks the palate with massive flavors of apricot essence, peaches, crème brûlée, honey and vanilla bean. Tantalizing and exotic.— S.H. (9/1/2009)
With its distinctive bouquet of rose petals and lychee fruit, this dessert wine’s Gewürztraminer character shines clearly through a modest veil of botrytis. It’s sweet and viscous without being overly heavy, with a long, spice-driven finish. Tremendous stuff, with a wonderful sense of harmony and balance.— J.C. (12/15/2008)