2012 Hermann J. Wiemer Finger Lakes Dry Gewürztraminer
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."