We have had a couple of domestic Gewurtztraminer lately so I am going to combine the two into one post.
The first one we had was a 2010 Sterling Vineyards Mendocino Gewurtztraminer (14.2% alc.). This wine is only available from the winery in Calistoga so you won’t find it in your local wine store. The color was a medium yellow and it had a floral nose with honeysuckle and orange blossom. The flavors were slightly sweet floral and melon and Nancy got a little bubble gum (in a good way). There was good acid and a long clean finish.
The other wine was a 2008 Bethel Heights Vineyard Gewurtztraminer (13.8% alc.) from the Rogue Valley in Oregon. The winery is located west of Salem but the grapes are from further south in the Rogue Valley. A light yellow wine, it had a floral tropical nose with a hint of botrytis. The flavors followed the nose, floral and tropical with honeysuckle. There was plenty of acid to give it a good clean finish.
Both of these wines were very good. The Sterling had more intense flavors but the Bethel Heights wasn’t lacking.