After tasting Elena Walch’s wines with her some years ago, I have had the utmost respect for her as a winemaker. However, the samples I’ve been getting in the last few months have had a disturbing bitter note to them. This gewurtztraminer has a classic rose aroma, and a lovely gold color. It has layers of flavors, from a woody note to citrus and minerals. However there’s an apricot skin bitter ness that appears on the end palate and in the finish. I thought it might be great with food, but the bitterness persisted and it didn’t pair well with anything we had on the table, unfortunately.

Recommended with reservations — BSE

Who: Elena Walch
What: Gewurtztraminer
Where: Alto Adige, Italy
When: 2012
How Much: $24 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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