When Amanda and I tasted with Jean in May, he told us his "specialty is oily wine!" This Gewurztraminer is a prime example. This is a totally dry, spicy and floral Gewurztraminer that has a really viscous attack, followed by a stony and chalky finish. We considered possibly cellaring this wine instead of selling it, as some ropiness developed at a certain point in the bottle. Ropiness is an uncommon trait that occurs when Lactic acid bacteria produce a "mucilaginous substance" in a wine (or beer). We've experienced this once or twice in extremes, where a noticeable ropy substance was visible in the wine. Luckily the effect with this particular wine is subtle, and it seems to fix itself a bit with air. They say the best way to fix ropiness is a filtration and sulfuring, but since most of us don't have the set-up in our homes, please be aware when purchasing this bottle! In my opinion, the quality of the wine and the delicious expression of Gewurztraminer is worth the confusing but harmless oiliness in the attack. Lovely floral notes mingle with orange citrus, and though the start is a bit confusing, the finish is bright, zesty and clean. Eben Lillie
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