2013 Josef Drathen Gewurztraminer Kabinett

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Why We Love It:

So what makes a great noodle wine? Well, for starters, it’s needs to be refreshing and quaffable and unpretentious. In my experience, low alcohol aromatic whites tend to be perfect partners in crime for Asian flavours, especially if the dish has got a bit of heat. While generally off-trend these days more broadly speaking, whites with a bit of residual sugar (don’t fret – we’re not talking about Icewine or anything that’ll leave you in a diabetic coma!) marry magically with slightly spicier dishes, helping refresh your palate in time for the next bite. If Asian noodle dishes make any kind of a regular appearance on your dining table you’re doing to want to stock up on today’s featured wine. There is no doubt that Germany is best known for whites made from Riesling, but this Gewurztraminer offers adventurous aromatics and a clean refreshing profile that will keep you coming back for more. At under $13 per bottle, it’s tough to find a tastier weeknight white to serve the next time you find yourself craving a plate of noodles.

Recipes & Food Pairings:

Tofu & Prawn Pad Thai – RECIPE
Singapore Noodles w/ Thinly Sliced BBQ Pork – RECIPE
Coconut Milk & Green Curry Chicken Noodles – RECIPE

Price:

BOTTLE: $12.70

CASE: $152.40

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Technical Specs:

ALCOHOL: 11.0%

BOTTLE: 750mL

Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 100% Gewurztraminer

CLOSURE: Stelvin

CELLAR POTENTIAL: Drink Now

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8°C to 10°C

Tasting Notes:

“The Gewürztraminer from Drathen is amazingly refreshing. Some Gewürztraminers are over the top with screaming lychee and rose petals. But this, while full of subtle floral notes, seduces the palate with slightly sweet complexity. Joseph Drathen 2013 Gewürztraminer Kabinett: Honeydew melon, mild lychee nut, honeycomb and lime sorbet aromas tantalize, while off-dry flavours dish up jasmine, clover blossom and quince with a lemon tart finish. LCBO #394601 Food suggestion: Coconut shrimp or pad Thai.”

90 out of 100 Points
Gord Stimmell – Toronto Star

Wine of the Week #1536: The Ultimate Noodle Wine – Under $13!


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