2015 Claiborne & Churchill Central Coast Gewürztraminer

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The newest bottling of their flagship Dry Gewürztraminer marks the first release from their 2015 growing season. The grapes are sourced from their friends at Viento Vineyard in Monterey County. Their cool climate allows the Gewürztraminer to develop all of the classic components of the varietal: Bright aromas of rose petals, citrus, and minerality. Most notably, it showcases an unforgettable spiciness on the nose, a standard of this Alsatian-style wine. The flavors burst with lemon zest, tangerine, and hints of lychee. Though there is ample fruitiness on the palate, this wine is one of the driest vintages yet. Its clean structure and tart finish allows the 2015 vintage to bring out the most in spicy and exotic foods.

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2017 | Send Email
I’m not usually a Gewürztraminer enthusiast, but I do love everything Claiborne & Churchill does, and this 2015 release is no exception: their crisp take on this typically sweeter varietal won me over. Alsatian in style, with notes of juicy mandarins, orange blossoms, and more subtly, rose, this shows a bouquet of floral aromatics and finishes beautifully dry. A surprisingly bright new option for summertime sipping.

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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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7