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Flashcards in Aromatic Whites: Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Albariño Deck (16)
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1
Q

In what type of climate does Gewurztraminer grow best?

A

Cool to moderate climate

2
Q

What region in the world is most famous for its Gewurztraminer?

A

Alsace, France

Both Alsace AOP and Alsace Grand Cru AOP make quality Gewurztraminer.

3
Q

Describe the typical profile of Gewurztraminer.

A
  • Full body
  • Low to medium acidity
  • High alcohol
  • Intense floral notes, especially rose
  • Stone fruits (peach and apricot)
  • Tropical fruits (lychee)
  • No oak (to retain floral aromas)
4
Q

What is the sweetness range for Gewurztraminer?

A

Dry to sweet

Gewurztraminer is always intensely aromatic.

5
Q

Why is Gewurztraminer usually higher in alcohol?

A

Gewurtraminer acquires very high levels of sugar as it ripens.

Generally, the more sugar there is for yeasts to eat, the more alcohol there will be in the final wine.

6
Q

What 2 white grape varietals are known to be both full-bodied and floral?

A
  1. Gewurztraminer
  2. Viognier
7
Q

What climate does Viognier prefer?

A

Moderate

8
Q

Which AOC in France is known for its high-quality Viognier?

A

Condrieu AOC in the Northern Rhône

9
Q

In Condrieu AOC, is Viognier bottled as a single varietal or is it blended?

A

Always single varietal in Condrieu AOC

10
Q

Is Viognier ever used as a blending grape in areas outside of Condrieu AOC?

A

Yes, because Viognier adds floral aromas, body, and peachy notes to more neutral grapes/wines.

11
Q

Describe the typical profile of Viognier.

A
  • Dry
  • Low to medium acidity
  • Medium to full body
  • High alcohol
  • Peach/peach yogurt
  • Floral/blossom aromas
  • Can be oaked or not oaked
12
Q

What climate does Albariño prefer to grow in?

A

Cool to moderate

13
Q

Describe the typical profile of Albariño.

A
  • Dry
  • Medium body
  • High acidity
  • Citrus (lemon, grapefruit)
  • Stone fruit (peach)
  • No oak

Some professionals say Albariño smells like Viognier on the nose but acts like dry Riesling on the palate!

14
Q

Why would Albariño benefit from lees contact?

A

Lees add a creamy texture to the wine, adding body and balancing Albariño’s naturally high acidity.

15
Q

What is the appellation in Spain that is known for its Albariño?

A

Rías Baixas DO (pronounced REE-ahs BY-shas)

16
Q

Why does Albariño perform so well in Rías Baixas DO?

A

Rías Baixas DO is close to or on the Altantic Ocean, giving the region cool breezes, plentiful rain and clouds.