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Gustave Lorentz

Gustave Lorentz
2011 Altenberg de Bergheim, Gewurztraminer, Alsace Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 5.73%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$60

Gustave Lorentz
2011 Altenberg de Bergheim, Gewurztraminer, Alsace Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 5.73%
Brilliant gold color. Exotic, floral aromas of powdery white flowers, sunflowers, and pineapple soda with a round, racy, very sweet medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long hazlenuts, cinnamon and asian pear compote, quince paste, and balloon finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A singing desert wine for effortless pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: powdery white flowers, sunflowers, and pineapple soda
Taste Flavor: hazlenuts, cinnamon and asian pear compote, quince paste, and balloon
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A singing desert wine for effortless pairings.

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Dessert Wine

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A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.