2014 Claiborne & Churchill Central Coast Gewürztraminer
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A clean, refreshing white, the 2014 Dry Gewurztraminer is 100% varietal and was aged four months in stainless steel (a small part was barrel-fermented). Its notes of Meyer lemons, exotic flowers and sappy herbs lead to a crisp, fresh and beautifully balanced white that will shine on the dinner table over the coming year or two. (JD)
From the winery: "Without a doubt, Dry Gewurztraminer has been an essential part of our operation over the past 32 years. We have been fortunate enough to have guests from around the country (and the world) seek out this signature wine, and for good reason. The balance of varietal spice, aromatics, and upfront fruit make our Gewurz a fan favorite. And fortunately, just when the 2013 vintage is selling out, here comes the 2014 Dry Gewurztraminer to the rescue. This bright and tropical Alsatian-style wine is the first white wine to be released from the most recent harvest. As mentioned in the last Newsletter, the 2014 vintage brought us fruit of the highest caliber. The 92% tank fermentation and 8% barrel fermentation (neutral French oak) help create beautiful aromas of rose petal and jasmine and flavors of white peach & grapefruit. You will find that this Dry Gewurztraminer offers a rich and full-bodied mouthfeel backed by bracing acidity and spice. Pairing this palate-refreshing wine with spicy meals -- Pad Thai, Indian curry, or Jamaican jerk chicken -- will bring out intense and exotic long-lasting flavors."