Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $9

By on April 16, 2013

Washington wineBest Buy! Washington’s flagship winery has been making Gewürztraminer for a good part of its time, as the Germany variety was among the first planted in the state. White winemaker Wendy Stuckey has it dialed in as well as her Riesling, by all appearances. This opens with huge aromas of classic clove, grapefruit, pear and lychee, followed by luscious flavors of maraschino cherry, cardamom, guava and lychee. This has a suprising amount of acidity (3.09 pH!), considering the variety naturally tends to lack it. This is on the sweeter side at 1.95, and that makes it a perfect wine for drinking all summer long.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 65,000

Alcohol: 11.5%

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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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