$17, 5 stars, 91 points, finger lakes, gewurtzraminer, New York
On our recent trip to the Finger Lakes I picked up some bottles to bring home for a more in-depth tasting and evaluation. We kick off that series with this aromatic white made from the Gewürztraminer grape. It’s a medium shade of gold in the glass. The nose is full of aromatics- lychee, rose water, lemon verbena and finely sliced ginger. There is a sharp focus in this wine and some minerality to boot. Th palate tastes off-dry but I doubt there is any residual sugar- the 13% ABV points to a full fermentation. Beautiful flavors of lychee, lemon verbena, ginger, honeysuckle and apricot would make me think I am drinking nectar. Medium acidity makes for a great mouthfeel- this wine coats the palate with it’s full bodied weight and finishes long. I am a big fan of this grape and look for it when shopping- this 91 point effort is well worth ordering if you like an interesting wine that veers away from the usual. At $17 it gets 5 stars from me. I would pair this with spicy dishes, Asian fare, even Jamaican Curry. Drink chilled sooner rather than later to preserve the freshness. Salut….