Sun River Vintners 2008 Smasne Vineyard Gewürztraminer, Yakima Valley, $14

By on February 2, 2013

This new winery in Kennewick, Wash., produces vineyard-designate wines primarily from sites in the Yakima Valley and Horse Heaven Hills. They take an unusual approach to Gewurztraminer in the New World by giving it some age, and there’s a subtle hint of barrel, too. Aromas of apple sauce, cardamom, candy corn, cotton candy and grapefruit zest transition to flavors of baked apple, yellow grapefruit, Rainier cherry and apricot candy, a sign of its residual sugar level of 2.8%.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 150

Alcohol: 12.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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