|Gewürztraminer isn't my everyday go-to white, but when I want to relax with a good book while sipping a compelling glass of white wine, or am in need of a great match for pungently spiced Asian dishes or powerful, aromatic cheeses, the intoxicating floral and spice aromas of Gewürztraminer are just the thing. For those times when I do crave Gewürz, as we like to call it, I want something powerful and showy yet elegant and eminently dry—please, no sticky lychee-flavored sugar water! My favorite Gewürz comes from Alsace, and more specifically Domaine Weinbach, one of the producers that invariably turns out great Gewürztraminer in pretty much every vintage.
The Domaine, appropriately named “wine brook” after the brook that winds its way through the property, has a long history. Its Clos de Capucins vineyard, from which today's featured wine comes, served as the walled convent of Capuchin monks as early as the 9th century, and in 1612 the Capuchins established it as a wine producing domaine.
Since 1898 Domaine Weinbach has been under the ownership of the Fallers, one of the prominent Alsace winemaking families. Throughout most of the 20th century it was led by Theo Faller, a man known for his tireless efforts to improve the quality of Alsace wines, and for being influential in establishing Alsace as an AOC. Today Theo Faller’s passion for great wine is carried on by his daughters. Weinbach's wine culture is deeply rooted in respect for nature, and in keeping with this spirit the Faller daughters began converting the vineyards to biodynamic methods in 1998. Today all the vineyards are farmed biodynamically.
~ Rand, 67Wine Buyer