2009 Williams Selyem "Vista Verde" San Benito County Late Harvest Gewürztraminer (375ml)

SKU #1319195 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow gold. Hypnotic, explosively perfumed bouquet evokes rose oil, orange zest, apricot and spicecake, along with a hint of juniper; smells like Hendrick's gin. Weighty but lithe, offering sweet pit and orchard fruit flavors complemented by orange zest, spices and a strong lashing of candied rose. Extremely sweet and nectar-like but in no way syrupy, finishing with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. This essence of gewurz clocks in at 9% alcohol. (ST)  (5/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a very sweet wine. The residual sugar is 18.5%, making honey the dominant taste. But there's also a beautiful pineapple, apricot and peach ripeness, and the acidity is bright and clean. The fermentation was in 100% new French oak, and while there's a vanilla toastiness, the wine doesn't feel oaky. Drink now.  (8/2011)

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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.