Wine Advocate 92 points!
Rolly Gassmann Gewurztraminer sets the tone of excellence achieved by Rolly Gassmann in the 2015 vintage. In the northeast of France near the German border, Alsace is actually the driest wine region of France, a valley tucked between the eastern side of the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. The Rolly Gassmann estate was created in 1967 when Marie-Thérèse Rolly married Louis Gassmann, but their family trees in this region go back to the 17th century. The Rolly Gassmann vineyards lie just north of Colmar and the cellar is in the tiny village of Rorschwihr. Rolly Gassmann converted to the biodynamic philosophy of winemaking in 1997. Wines are only released when the winery feels they have aged appropriately in bottle, sometimes as many as 20 years after bottling. In the case of the 2015 Gewurztraminer, we are fortunate to have this beautiful white wine gem now!
"The 2015s are exceptional, and I'm pretty sure immortal, too. If I had to vote for the Alsace collection of the year, it would be the one from Rolly Gassmann. From clay/calcareous marl soils from Rorschwihr, the golden-yellow 2015 Gewurztraminer opens with a beautifully clear, intense and aromatic, very elegant and already mineral and complex nose. Full-bodied, highly elegant and perfectly balanced, with stimulating salinity and grip, this is a gorgeous, well-concentrated Gewurz with a long and elegant, highly seductive finish. Picked October 8, with just 20% to 30% botrytis, and 17% potential alcohol, the Gewurz ended up at 14% and 55 grams of residual sugar." Drink 2017-2040-Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 92 points!
Enjoy Rolly Gassmann Gewurztraminer with grilled shrimp, lobster, baked swordfish, spicy Asian cuisine, and rich vegetable dishes.