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Gewürztraminer

Chile, White Blend, Reserva, “Devil’s Collection,” Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Casablanca Valley, 2013

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White blend of: 85% sauvignon blanc, 10% chardonnay, and 5% gewürztraminer. N/ 2 out of 10 on sauvignon blanc “cat aroma” scale, which is just right for me. Lemon zest, gooseberries, yellow dried grasses, honeysuckle, herbals, and a touch of butter. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Rounder that one would expect from her nose. Citrus, light grass and […]

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USA, White Blend, The Whip, Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley, California, 2013

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White blend of 28% Sémillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat,11% Viognier, 11% Gewürztraminer and 1% White Riesling. N/ Gardenias, honeysuckle, white and yellow flowers, marine/beach and salt, fresh hay, honey and light confection. Complex and alluring. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lightly sweetened honeysuckle, pear, limes, tropical fruits and melons. Some creamy butter […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, Snoqualmie, ECO, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2012

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N/ Pine needles, lime zest, and light wafts of vaseline. The latter being a bit surprising as one typically finds those in riesling, not gewürztraminer.   She also has an interesting herbal and spice note that I frankly cannot quite put my finger on, my best guess is some mashup of tarragon and nutmeg, but it […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer (Medium Dry), Bellangelo, Finger Lakes, Dundee, New York, 2012

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Gewürztraminer is pronounced (guh-VURTS-trah-mee-ner). N/ Thick, but soft, aromas of ripe peaches and pears. Gardenias delight. Green apples tartness. Fresh hay and spring water. Hint of nutmeg. Very agreeable. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Bursting with lightly sugared flavors of quality canned peaches and pears.  The acid work is just a tad low, and hence […]

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USA, White Blend (Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer), Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2011

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White blend of: Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer N/ Lightly sugared, steeped hay. Clean burlap. Nectarine skins. Crisp citrus zest smeared on freshly chipped flint. Light sandalwood and taffy. Kiss of suntan lotion. Very complex for the price point and more old world than new. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and voluptuous yellow tropicals and pear juice. […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Napa Valley, California, 2011

N/ Massive white and yellow flowers with bright pear juice and apricots – simply delicious bouquet. Incense, cloves, taffy, and mulled wine aromas. Light touch of oyster shells and citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A round, but acid snappin’ flower and chamomile stew. Peach and pear juice go on and on. Spiced wine flavors dart in […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, “Dolcino”, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2010

Note: slightly sweet, with residual sugar at 36 g/L, but her acid work balances that out so well that this can be a sipping, not just desert, delight. N/ Pure, huge aromas of green apple, but also distinct wafts of red apple skins. Pears, honey, and stewed honeysuckle. Light burlap and yellow grasses. Absolutely gorgeous. Best mimic of […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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France, Gewurztraminer, Lucien Albrecht, Reserve, Alsace, 2010

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N/ Pine needles steeped in rose petals. Clean, stewed hay. Clean, yellow fruits. River rocks and light granite dust. Slight spice, accompanied by nice and lively acid wafts. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Delightful balance of clean yellow fruits, slightly oiled body, and crisp acids. Melon and honeysuckle steeped with just a slight amount of nutmeg. A […]

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USA, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Moscato (White Blend of), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, California, 2010

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A white blend of: 40% Muscat Canelli, 34% Muscat Orange, 10% Muscat Alexander, 8% Gewürztraminer, and 8% “aromatic white varietals”. N/ Fresh rain, fresh cream, caramelized green apple, round minerality. Cotton candy. T/ Full mouthfeel. Sweet, dripping ripe and caramelized yellows. Soft, confectionery laden, stewed hay. Winemaker = Todd Ziemann http://www.robertmondavi.com/woodbridge Price = $7.99 Rating = […]

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