2011 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Coast Gewürztraminer

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The 2011 release of Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer expresses the cool-climate terroir of the estate's historic vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Aromas of baking spice, pear, and passion fruit follow on the crisp palate with citrus and lychee. A brightly dry and minerally finish begs for Asian cuisine. This fine and classically styled dry Gewurztraminer is a flagship bottling for the varietal in California.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
This varietal isn’t always a sure bet for Califonia. Happily, Gundlach Bundschu comes through with a very convincing interpretation here! You get the rose-lychee perfume along with tangerine, Bartlett pear and a hint of mint on the nose, but on the palate, the wine shows restraint. While very pretty, and having a pleasing roundness to the mid palate, it is not flashy. The wine has an airy, translucent, vernal quality to it, as clear as its pale white color, and finishes with a slightly mineral dimension.

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).