Terroir: The grapes used to produce Hugels "Classic" wines come exclusively from estate owned vineyards or from growers under long term contract surrounding the village of Riquewihr.
Vinification: Hugel Gewurztraminer is a flagship wine for the Hugel family. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats followed by natural clarification in nuetral vessels over the winter. The wine is lightly fined and gently filtered prior to bottling in the spring.
The wine has expressive aromas that are typically floral, with roses, orange blossom, hawthorn, Williams pear, lychee, and a note of oriental fragrance. On the palate, the wine is dry, yet rich, fine and elegant, with excellent balance. While it can be enjoyed upon release to enjoy its freshness and verve, it can also be kept for 2 to 3 years.
Varietal: Gewurztraminer: 100%
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
The classic Hugel 2008 Gewurztraminer makes a virtue out of its merely modest ripeness, its hints of celer"y root and green herbs somehow satisfyingly cooling and its relatively delicate frame and modest alcohol party to considerable juicy refreshment such as one can hardly take for granted in its genre. Yellow plum, brown spices, orange rind, and coffee add interest and allure to a wine that will inevitably prove versatile at table over at least the next half dozen years. This is another Hugel 2008 that puts me in mind of the sort of layering and refreshment that was common in their wines of the 1970s and 1980s, though greater clarity and refinement can be presupposed today."
"Lychee Fruit, apricot and hazelnut aromas each emerge prominently from the engaging nose of this 2008 Gewrztraminer. White cling peach, apricot, and nectarine are part of an explosion of stone fruits that dominate the palate of this offering. All of those rich, beguiling fruit flavors give the impression of sweetness, but this is a perfectly dry wine. Hints of tropical fruit and spices kick in as well. They lead to the finish which shows off fleshy white plum, citrus and continued wallops of spice. This wine has a long, lingering finish whose flavors persist on your tongue well after the last sip is gone. This is a really terrific example of Gewrztraminer. Itll pair well with a wide array of foods, but is incredibly engaging and delicious all by itself."
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Pale straw-yellow. Gingery spice on the nose. Juicy, aromatic and fairly dry, with good focus to the flavors of peach and ginger. Part of this wine went through malolactic fermentation, which is rare for this bottling. Should make a flexible food wine: there are 180,000 bottles of this."
"Baked apple, quince and cinnamon on the nose. Rich tropical fruit is counterpointed by an underlying acidity that ensures the delicate airiness. Hidden depth, with extremely elegant spiciness and impressive complexity. Dazzling finish."
Score: 87 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Jean Reilly
""A great representative of its type, the Hugel 2008 Gewrztraminer is elegantand fresh, with scents of carnations and rose petals on the nose followed by peach and spice cake in the mouth. A finish of hothouse flowers gives this a touch of class."
Displays cold cream and rose petal notes, with more subtle lychee and spice. Dry and lightly fleshy, with a modest finish. -Alison Napjus
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