2012 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer, Réserve Personnelle, $30

I had the privilege of trying this Alsatian Gewurztraminer in Divit’s French 101 class, where it stood out among an impressive and broad selection of wines. The pale, clear color epitomizes the flavor to come: clean and delicate. The nose is so subtle, I have to reach for rose petals (and maybe pear?). The mouth-feel is rich but not syrupy; at 13.5 percent this off-dry Gewurztraminer is balanced. The acidity holds out until the finish where it leaves a lingering essence of pineapple. With change in the air, this is a great transitional white. As you move away from bone-dry summer sippers, consider an Alsatian: complex yet relaxed; quenching yet comforting. Before you put your patio furniture away, dig out that wrinkly flannel and enjoy a glass while the leaves fall.