Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Touch of Alsace - 2012 Domaine Frey Gewurztraminer

Let's venture to the Alsace region of France. Ping ponged between Germany and France and finally ended up as a part of France.  The region is sandwiched between the Vosges Mountains on the west and the Rhine River on the east. Alsace has a cool growing season and there are at least 20 major soil formations within the wine region. Basic ones that stand out and leave their impact on the wine are limestone, sandstone, granite, clay, schist, chalk and volcanic as you will see in this wine.

The Gewurztraminer grapes for the 2012 Domaine Frey Gewurztraminer come from three different hills composed of granitic sand.  The winemaker, Julian Frey, uses biodynamic practices with no chemical fertilizers to influence soil structure, stimulate plant growth and to improve nutrient content.  Nathalie and Dominique feel that through biodynamics, they ensure balance and create a harmonious living between land, plants and environment.





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