Alsace, France, 13.5% ABV
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 21 Oct. Not much left. JoelA reported a few days ago that there were a few different reserve Sparr wines at the Richmond, CA, store.
A reserve Alsatian Gewurztraminer for $4??? Woohoo! While it’s far from the most amazing Gewurz I’ve had, for the price it’s excellent.
The wine starts with an aromatic nose of yellow flowers, ripe yellow fruit, and lychee. On the palate there’s more yellow flowers, ripe honeyed yellow apple and pear, lychee (a perfumed white fruit), with a little green grape bitterness and a mild minerality. Initially, it’s a little flabby, with the sugar feeling a little heavy, but it develops more balanced acid as it airs. This is quite yummy!