The Villa Wolf gewurztraminer is a sweet German white wine that reminds us that sweet doesn’t have to be overdone
Gewurztraminer is a white grape that is little known any more, but that once used to have a sizeable following for its price, value, and the idea that sweet wine doesn’t have to be sickly sweet. In this, the Villa Wolf gewurztraminer reminds me of what those wines were like.
The Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2018 ($13, purchased, 12.6%), a German white, is the kind of supermarket wine I wish we could buy in the U.S. It’s simple but not stupid, with a little bit of that spicy quality that gewurztraminer used to be known for. Riesling was oily and lemony; gewurztraminer was floral and spicy. And the Villa Wolf is, with a touch of orange-ish fruit for good measure.
So how sweet is it? My tasting notes say moderately sweet, so it’s certainly noticeable – but not as sweet as white zinfandel or even some sweet reds. In this, the sweetness is part of the wine and not something tacked on at the end, so it’s not the wine’s reason for being.
The traditional pairing for this is spicy Asian food, but I also think it would match with something fatty and salty – German sausages, perhaps.
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. This time, more rose wine reviews for the blog’s 10th rose anniversary
• Alta Vista Rose 2016 ($13, sample, 12%): This Argentine dark pink is one of the best malbec roses I’ve ever had, with less cloying fruit and more freshness. Strawberries, raspberry, perhaps? Highly recommended.
• Saleya Rose 2016 ($15, sample, 13%): Not quite $15 worth of wine (it’s a little thin, which is common with the 2016 Provence roses) and not as enjoyable as the legendary Bieler Pere et Fils, but a decent example of the Provencal style with some tart red fruit.
• Francois de Thienpont Pin des Dunes Rose 2015 ($10, purchased, 12.5%): This French rose, from Bordeaux, is fresh, tart, and delicious, with raspberry fruit and even some earth. It’s highly recommended, but listed here instead of this year’s rose post because of our old pal availability – there might not be much of it in the U.S. this year.
• Villa Wolf Rose 2015 ($10, purchased, 12%): German rose made with pinot noir that has a little fizz, just a touch of sugar, nice German-style acidity, and berry fruit. This is sort of what the Toad Hollow rose used to be before Big Wine got hold of it (without the spritz).