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This week, Jen shares one of her favorite wines for fall.
Gewurztraminer from Albert Boxler - Alsace, France
Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr, now run by Jean Boxler, 31, who made his first vintage in 1995.
The domaine is small and comprised of Jean, his wife, his parents, and three workers. The Boxlers live and work in a house and winery built in 1619; the vineyards include parts of the famous Grand Cru vineyards, Sommerberg and Brand. In fact, 80%of their land is Grand Cru classification(amazing for Alsace).
Jean's style is one of firm acidity. His favorite varietal is Riesling, followed by deep-textured, flavorful Gewurztraminer.The grapes are all grown organically.
Boxler says his wines are "neither traditional nor modern. My style is natural—nature makes the wine, not me.This is not to please the customer, but to work with the land and keep it healthy. This is the old traditional."
The Boxler Gewurztraminer is a thing of beauty and a truly special wine to be enjoyed any time of year. I especially love gewürztraminers in the fall—there is something about the texture and the pure spice on the palate that reminds me of cooler weather, richer food, and cozy sweatshirts.
Pure, light, lychees on nose with a hint of rose petals. A full, luscious, palate with a touch of sweetness that is lifted by a racy acidity. What a great wine to enjoy by itself or with some good spicy food. ($28)