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Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Howie Hart » Tue May 23, 2006 11:00 pm

This past Sunday, I attended my first ever tasting hosted by a member of the local chapter of the AWS (American Wine Society). I joined the organization a few years ago, but the opportunity to attend a local affair had eluded me until now. I know several of the members from other events and wanted to extend an invitation to the local chapter to attend NiagaraCOOL to add a bit more local flavor to the event. But, I digress….

10 Gewurtztraminers were tasted blind, and they were separated into flights of from 1 to 4 wines. We used a standard 20 point AWS Wine Evaluation chart to score the wines. The first score listed is mine, while the second is the average of the 15 attendees.

    #1 – Good aroma and typical of Gewurtz, but too soft, sweet and a short finish – 13/14.7
    #2 – Not as intense on the nose as #1 and I picked up some SO2, but better acid balance and longer finish – 15/14
    #3 – Excellent wine in all aspects – 18/15.7
    #4 – Very similar to #1, but hot, flabby and not as sweet – 13/13.77
    #5 – A bit of spritz, short nose, minerals, short finish – 13/13.6
    #6 – Something a bit off in the nose, out of character, and almost tannic – 12/9.33
    #7 – Good nose, nice acid balance, medium finish – 16/11.23
    #8 - Good nose, sweet, short finish = 13/13.63
    #9 – corked
    #10 – Excellent nose, minerals and fruit, dry, but good acidity, long finish – 17/13.8

Wines 1-4 were all in a flight together (West Coast) and 6-7 were in a flight (Finger Lakes)
    #1 – 2003 Meridian – Santa Barbara, CA, 12.7%, $9.00
    #2 – 2004 Hogue, Columbia Valley, WA, 12.9%, $9.00
    #3 – 2004, Ch. St. Michelle, Columbia Valley, WA, 13%, $10.00
    #4 – 2004 Ch. St. Jean, Sonoma, CA, 13.2%, $14.00
    #5 – 2004 Valkenberg, Pfaltz?, Germany, 11%, $10.00
    #6 – 2002 Fulkerson, Finger Lakes, NY, 12%, $12.00
    #7 - 2003 Standing Stone Late Harvest, Finger Lakes, NY, 13.7%, $18.00
    #8 – 2005 Robertson, South Africa, $9.00
    #9 – 2002 LaCadalora, Italy, 13%, $15.00
    #10 – 2003 Den Carlo (Home made – juice from Watson’s press house in Niagara-On-The-Lake (same place I buy mine)), 13.5%, $??


Although this was a fun experience, I sure wish they would have had a couple from Alsace.
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Re: Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Randy Buckner » Tue May 23, 2006 11:07 pm

No Alsace wines? You didn't have a Gewurzt tasting -- just a wannabe tasting! :wink: :wink:
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Re: Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Suzie Q » Wed May 24, 2006 1:01 am

Hmmm, kind of like a Burgundy tasting with the only entrant being Ernest and Julio's Hearty Burgundy! :?
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Re: Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Howie Hart » Wed May 24, 2006 8:27 am

I commented to other tasters about the lack of Alsace wines and a few were also disappointed. Something else I would like to see at the next Gewurtz tasting I attend would be one or two Traminettes thrown in, just to see how they fare. Traminette is a hybrid with Gewurtz parentage and is supposed to display very similar tasting qualities, but is much easier to grow in the climate of the Northeast. I've had a few and enjoyed them, but never side by each with a Gewurtz.
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Re: Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Ed Draves » Wed May 24, 2006 8:46 am

Sounds like a great tasting, Howie, Alsatian wines or not. I think some Traminette would not be out of place.
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Re: Gewurtztraminer Tasting

by Randy Buckner » Wed May 24, 2006 10:26 am

Throw in some NZ and Okanagan versions as well, Howie. Not bad juice.

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