2012 Hermann J. Wiemer Finger Lakes Dry Gewürztraminer

SKU #1154565

100% Gewürztraminer, estate-grown and bottled from one of New York's top producers, recently featured as one of a handful of "new world dirt prophets" in the fall 2012 edition of Wine & Spirits. If you think that the only good domestic wines come from California (or that the only good dry Gewürztraminer comes from Alsace), think again. Hermann J. Wiemer is one of the pioneers of grapegrowing in New York's Finger Lakes region, an area fast-gaining a reputation for creating exceptional wines in the State's cool climate. Located a mile from the shores of Seneca lake, Weimar's vineyards are predominantly sandy loam with some clay, but a road separates two distinct terroirs: on one side the land is flat, but on the other side the land is on a slight southfacing slope and thus the soils are "poorer", with higher drainage. Winery notes: "Much like Riesling, Gewürztraminer is a variety that is ideally placed in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes. This wine draws from the oldest planting of Gewürztraminer in the region and subsequently exhibits outstanding depth and maturity. A long harvest in 2012 allowed for a long ripening period, resulting in outstanding flavors. This dry-style wine accentuates the characteristic floral and spice notes particular to Gewürztraminer. A vivid flowery bouquet with hints of peach and spice masterfully prepare the way for a silky mouthful of melon and a touch of coriander. Food Pairing: Asian Cuisine, Pork, Aromatic Cheeses."

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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.

New York

- Grape production is a significant part of this North Eastern state's agricultural economy. New York produces more wine than any other state in the US, with the exception of California. The wine market in New York City is also one of the world's most competitive, and this has inspired the growth of many small, private wineries throughout the state's producing regions (Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, and the Hudson River). Another interesting development is the introduction of an entirely new region along the eastern end of Long Island.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5