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Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2016 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Gewurztraminer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
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Alexander Valley Vineyards
2016 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Gewurztraminer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 1%
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried pineapple, lychee preserve, banana gelatin, and dried flowers with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long dried wildflowers, vanilla creme Anglaise, and orange creamsicle finish with fine, coating tannins and moderate oak. A fruit dominated Gewürz for sunny days.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried pineapple, lychee preserve, banana gelatin, and dried flowers
Taste Flavor: dried wildflowers, vanilla creme Anglaise, and orange creamsicle
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Swordfish With Mango Salsa, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit dominated Gewürz for sunny days.

The Producer

Alexander Valley Vineyards

The Producer
8644 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-433-7209

Gewurztraminer

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Wines made from the Gewurztraminer grape are easy to recognize thanks to their unmistakable perfumes of lychee, yellow roses, grapefruit and ginger. In fact, it has been documented that Gewurztraminer is among the easiest varieties to recognize simply from its aromas.

While Gewurztraminer is produced in several countries, including the United States, Chile and New Zealand, is is only made into an accomplished wine in two regions: Alsace in northeastern France and Alto Adige in northeastern Italy. In fact, the town of Tramin in Alto Adige lends its name to the grape; as the word gewurz means "spicy" in German (one of the official languages in this territory), Gewurztraminer is the "spicy one from Tramin."

The dry versions from these regions are rich and spicy and should be consumed within 5-7 years of the vintage date (the Alsatian examples tend to age longer); pair them with Thai, Asian and fusion cuisine or a specialty dish such as Quiche Lorraine. Sweeter versions are made in both regions; the vendange tardives and grains nobles Gewurztraminers from Alsace can age for two or three decades and are excellent on heir own or with blue cheese or foie gras.