2016 Claiborne & Churchill Central Coast Gewürztraminer

SKU #1299979

The 2016 Dry Gewurztraminer from Claiborne & Churchill once again captures the aromas of fresh lychee and resin, backed by hints of citrus to create sesty and spicy flavors. Made with grapes sourced from Viento Vineyard up in Monterey County, the Gewurztraminer thrives in the cool climate, coastal fog, and afternoon winds. On the palate it shows juicy pear, stone fruit and citrus peel that play off one another. Since the grapes had a longer hang time and were picked slighly less ripe compared to previous vintages, this wine boasts a refreshing acidity, followed up with its famously dry finish. Crack open a bottle with spicy cuisine or cellar it for a few years.

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Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
Gewurz this good should come with a warning label! "Caution - May be habit forming!" I've yet to become a huge fan of white wines, but when I do find one I like, it's very likely that it will be a little dry, a little floral, with noticeable fruit, juicy acidity, and enjoyable minerality. This is all of the above in an inexpensive package. I opened this just the other day and it just kept getting more and more expressive as the time went on. A wonderful, expressive wine that's worth every penny!

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gew├╝rztraminer 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 (%): 13.2