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Fitz-Ritter 2011 Gewurztraminer Spatlese - Review

Pfalz, Germany

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 18, 2013

A bottle of Fitz-Ritter 2011 Gewurztraminer Spatlese, our wine of the week
The Fitz-Ritter family estate dates back to 1785. The winery promotes a philosophy of environmental farming, including banning heavy machinery that can artificially compact the soil. Clearly, the family has done an exemplary job of protecting its vineyards, considering Johann Fitz represents the ninth generation of the Fitz family to manage this estate. Located in the town of Dürkheim in the heart of Germany's Pfalz region, the Fitz-Ritter property boasts fertile soil and long growing seasons ideal for Gewürztraminer and Riesling. The 2011 Gewürz is enticingly aromatic with a bouquet of honey, wildflowers and melon. Subtly sweet, it offers honeyed fruit up front with zingy tangerine on the mid and back of the palate. A smoky note adds intrigue to the finish. Although it offers a bit of residual sugar, the wine is nicely balanced with a compelling weight and oily texture — a very nicely structured wine for the price. Its balance and citrus acidity will make it a nice partner for many foods, including spicy Asian dishes that can be hard to pair. Or try it with pâtés and a variety of cheeses, smoked meats or even something as hearty as a venison ragout.

Fitz-Ritter 2011 Gewürztraminer Spätlese

Varietal: Gewürztraminer
Rating: 15/20
Price: $25


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For more information, visit www.fitz-ritter.de

See also:
Tasting Notes on Fitz-Ritter Riesling Extra Trocken Sekt NV

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