2012 Joseph Swan "Saralee's Vineyard" Russian River Valley Gewürztraminer

SKU #1131818 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Vibrant fruit notes of tangerine, lemon and melon, with exotic floral and ginger nuances adding complexity. Succulent, silky and penetrating, offering racy citrus and honeydew flavors clarified by refreshing acidity. Closes on a floral note, with very good energy and length. Nicely poised for the variety, especially for a New World version.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This is one of our favorite Russian River Valley wineries, vintage after vintage, because they turn out such beautiful wines, and this Gewürztraminer is no exception. More refined than the 2011, this spicy and floral, small production white is bright, long and wonderfull captivating.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2013  | Send Email
Dry, fresh and invigorating, with white flower and mineral aromas that extend to reveal green apple, herb, and ginger flavors on the palate. This would be an excellent pairing with Thai curry.

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Varietal:

Gewurztraminer

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.