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….
You may have read my previous post about our travels through the Finger Lakes, tasting our way to Canada, eh. Our first stop after leaving home was to get a COVID test so we could cross the border, they insist on that kind of thing in Ontario. Halfway down the road we came to the stark realization that one of us could test positive, egads. As it turns out we were fine and made it to our 1 pm reservation at this rustic winery where we sampled some delicious whites and reds. Abbreviated noters follow as I really was there to enjoy the moment and not think too hard with all the distractions. Needless to say we bought some wine to bring home. Salut….
Grüner Veltliner 2020-
Greenish lemon color. Lemon, lime, grapefruit, tart, vanilla, good acidity, light and fruity. 87 points and at $27, 3 stars.
Riesling HJW 2019-
Greenish gold with tropical fruit notes of pineapple, papaya, pear, lemon curd, melon, medium (+) acidity, medium body, medium (+) finish, very balanced. 93 points. Delicious stuff and at $39 it gets 5 stars.
Riesling Reserve Dry 2019-
Pale lemon with Brioche, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, medium to full bodied, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) finish. A subtle yet classy Riesling that gets 92 points and 5 stars for its great QPR at $29.
Gewürtztraminer Dry 2020-
Pale lemon in the glass. Lychee, melon, rose petals, honeysuckle, sweet mouthfeel with great fruit flavors. Medium (-) body, low acidity, medium (+) finish. 89 points and a very nice representation of this aromatic varietal. For $25 it gets 4 stars from me and a few bottles made their way south.
Pale ruby, see through in fact. Black cherry, grape jelly, white pepper, black currants, crisp, tart, medium acidity, low tannins, medium (-) body, medium finish. Lightweight and easy drinking, refreshing. 87 points and 3 stars for this $32 charmer.
Cabernet Franc Magdalena 2020-
Medium purple color. Spicy with green pepper, white pepper, red plum, black plum, asparagus, blackberry, very spicy palate. Quite dry but not astringent with medium (-) acidity. The finish is medium (-) with good fruit. 89 points, 3 stars and $39. Drink this till 2025. Pretty vegetal looking back. I will re-taste soon.
I’ve been cooking Sous Vide Pork Belly steaks in a fiery Sambal Oelek sauce for the past 18 hours, it’s going on a fried rice dish. The spice of this dish needs an aromatic white I do believe, so this Grand Cru Alsatian is getting the nod.
It is deep lemon in the glass and has pronounced aromas of lychee, rosewater, strawberry, blossom and some nuttiness. On the palate it is semi-dry with medium acidity, medium (+) body, medium alcohol and medium (+) intensity flavors of lychee, rose, strawberry, honeysuckle and blossom. The nutty note comes on the back end, where the finish is medium in length. It’s a flavorful, yummy wine that has a touch of residual sugar to help offset the chilies in the marinade. The floral and tropical fruit will meld well with the white meat and veggies. This wine seems like it will develop some more in the bottle, so there’s no rush to pop’n’pour. I’m really enjoying it and think it is a 91 pointer. At $40 it’s a serious player that gets 5 stars. Salut….
Pale lemon in the glass this Gewurztraminer has a pronounced nose with flavors of rose petals, melon and lychee. On the palate it is a touch sweet and rounded with lychee flavors and a slight astringency. The mid palate gives me some honey to go along with the strong lychee flavors. The wine is full-bodied and the finish carries on the floral and tropical fruit notes for a short to medium length finish. 89 points for me and for $14 this is a really good introduction to this varietal that gets 4 stars. At 13% alcohol it’s an easy quaffer for an afternoon by the pool. I would pair it with spicy dishes all day long. Drink till 2026. Salut….
Pairing spicy food with wine is pretty simple really, stay away from all reds. Riesling is the go-to normally, but I have played around with Sauvignon Blanc with great success and tonight will be trying out a Gewürztraminer with Thai red curry Chicken. The wine has a nice medium tone of yellow and the legs are very sheet like in the glass. On the nose it has that telltale floral note with melons, peaches and rosewater. The palate is very delicious with honey, peaches, tangerine and some tartness. The mid palate is more citrus driven with pomelo and tangerines alongside a hint of raw almond. The finish is long with the floral notes returning. The acidity as a whole is quite lithe with this wine which is typical of the varietal so the mouthfeel is a quite full. I am enjoying it pre-dinner and wonder if the lack of much bite will hinder the performance against the rich, spicy curry.
It was a winner! The curry was not overly hot, but very flavorful. The fruitiness and floral components of the wine were a great match. I added a heaping dollop of red chillies to test the match, it worked out great. This wine is delicious and will drink well till 2025, pair it with something fresh, something spicy, seafood, chicken or just pop it with some charcuterie. 89 points and for $19 it gets 3 stars. Salut….
Super light yellow in the glass, made me look twice. The nose is floral with lemon and pineapple notes. On the palate I get peach right off the bat. Apricot and citrus hit me on the midpalate where the acidity starts to kick in. The wine is really light and bouncy with nice crisp mouthfeel. The tail end is more subdued on the flavors, mainly a pear component. This wine is intriguing in its multitude of flavors, definitely worth looking out for. I’m pairing it with salmon Alfredo. It begs for a hot summers evening outside with some oysters and chorizo. 89 points and 3 stars for this $18 bottle. Salut….