Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $9

By on November 22, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-gewürztraminer-2014-bottleBest Buy! Head winemaker Bob Bertheau and white winemaker David Rosenthal continue Chateau Ste. Michelle’s work as the Pacific Northwest’s largest promoter of this Germanic grape that can be so enchanting when made in this style. Tropical aromas of lychee, grapefruit and lemon peel include mint, lemon peel and all spice. That tropical theme is matched on the palate, and yet the structure is perceived as dry and remarkably bright, as most of the fruit hails from cooler sites in the Yakima Valley. Yellow grapefruit and lime juice acidity, along with clove, easily balance the residual sugar of 1.4%. Suggested pairings include Asian dishes, chicken and crab, with notes of either cilantro or mint.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 82,230 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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