It’s time for the turkey day ringer, and one of my favorite varietals, gewürztraminer. This spicy grape often presents with a solid backbone of acidity, powerful spicy flavors, even sometimes floral, and an unparalleled elegance. All of which make it a fantastic match for turkey and sides at thanksgiving. Will 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer fit the bill, or should you stick to their riesling?
Sight: A lighter gold
Smell: Fresh flowers, kiwi, lychees, orange blossom water, and clementines all come flowing off the surface like an aroma fruit punch.
Sip: It starts of with a nice moderate body, but a good kick of acidity. The flavors are powerfully floral but are backed up with oranges and light lychee flavors. There’s a touch of minerality and lemon pith as well. [A.B.V. 12%]
Savor: There’s a little bit of apricot mingling with the floral notes. The finish is a little minerally, and short lived.
2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer is a fun white with a decent acidity that will do well with turkey and sides. The pleasantly floral nature, combined with light citrus fruit will help keep it more interesting than a chardonnay. While not particularly sweet, the dry nature will be better suited to the meal. It should also do well with Asian cuisine if you’re doing take-away. 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer is definitely worth a try.
Verdict: Balanced, floral, citrus
Columbia Valley, Washington