Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Gewurztraminer 2014

IMG_0792.jpgPurchased from the Kiona Winery in Washington, $17

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Aaron:  Great bottle that is wonderfully full for a white wine.  Peachy, sunflower nose with rich, sweet flavor and lots of white grape.  My favorite flavor: bourbon vanilla!  Alcohol was definitely prominent throughout, and this was a bit sharp on the edges but the fullness and flavor make up for it.  90 points

Teri: With a beautiful smell of peach, this Gewurztraminer is a winner from smell to swallow. Ample different flavors fill your mouth: fresh cantaloupe, banana with caramel and floral undertones. There is a long lingering finish but still a light body leaving a smooth mouthfeel after swallowing. Complex and delicious. 92 points 


Treveri Gewurztaminer Demi-Sec NV

TreveriPurchased from the Treveri Tasting Room, $17

Aaron: Melon and cantaloupe made for a bold nose though the bubbles were subdued on this sparkling wine.  Cherry and a slightly herbal flavor made for a less-than-sweet but soothing mouthfeel.  This was pretty full and reminded me of an off-dry chard. I would definitely recommend visiting the winery! 90 points

Teri: Treveri produces sparkling wines with non-traditional varietals and they do it very well! The family owned establishment has a beautiful tasting room and outdoor seating area where your tasting is complementary–then just purchase what you like! We walked away with only a few bottles, but I would have loved to buy more. The Gewurztraminer sparkling is fresh and crisp with flavors of apricot, pear, and peach. I loved the boldness of the flavors within the wine but yet it still kept its crispness. Too bad you can only get this one from the winery direct. Looks like I will be making more trips to Yakima, WA in my future. 95 points

Edmeades Gewurstraminer 2013

Edmeades Gewurstraminer 2013Purchased from the winery in Anderson Valley, $26

Aaron:  Nice and fruity white peach and syrup smell.  the flavor is much dryer than the nose and very crisp.  Lots of green apples are nowhere near as sweet as the smell implies.  The body is light with decent, though slightly tart flavor of lemon at the end.  90 points.

Teri: I have always been a huge fan of the Gewurztraminer grape and Edmeades does a good job at creating a wine worthy of its characteristics. The smell brings about memories of canned peaches in light syrup. Within the wine’s flavors, I tasted dry green apple and mandarin oranges with a distant hint of lemon. The wine is on the dry side with flavors that linger, but not for too long. I would have this wine as a great summer pick for hanging around outside or packed with your favorite book and a picnic blanket. 89 points 

Kettmir Gewurztraminer Sudtirol 2012

Purchased from the Kettmir Winery in Sudtirol, Italy, 9.90 Euro

Aaron:  The best way to describe this smell is mighty.  Cantaloupe and pear crowd the nostrils while a full flavors makes this drink like a chardonnay.  Overall, this has a great mouth feel, not too sweet but a good sparkle with some sea salt.  Coupled with the prominent white grape and cranberry flavors, this is a powerful Gewurztraminer.  90 points

Teri: A sweet nose with a hint of peach pairs perfectly with a dry sweet flavor of peach, citrus, and lemongrass. A short finish, but smooth and long lingering aftertaste of lemon. 90 points