East of the West Coast

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in my second TasteLive event coordinated and hosted by friend and fellow wine blogger Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association. I had a great time tasting through the Finger Lakes Pinot Noirs a few weeks earlier (read more here) and was excited to learn more about the Finger Lakes Gewurztraminers.

Armed with a glass and my laptop, I pulled the cork on wine number one, the 2007 Gewurz from Lakewood Vineyards. Retailing for $16.99 and coming in at 14% alcohol, the wine showed floral and tropical fruits including pineapple and grapefruit. On the palate, more of the same with a touch of honey. Good acidity and mouth feel. A perfect food wine.

The second pour was the 2008 Sheldrake Point Vineyard Gewurz. Pale yellow in color, citrus fruit and lemon dominate the nose. A great QPR at $15, flavors of peach and pear play nicely on the palate. A dry, full-bodied wine. I’m thinking Thai for dinner with this wine.

TasteLive Finger Lakes Gewurztraminers
TasteLive Finger Lakes Gewurztraminers

My runner-up of the night, the 2008 Gewurz from Keuka Spring Vineyards impressed and showed even better on day 2. Peaches dominate on the nose and palate with secondary notes of floral, apricot, and rose. Another value at $17, I’d love to have a case of this wine on hand to pair with Asian dishes.

Last, but certainly not least, was the Red Newt Cellars 2007 Sawmill Creek Vineyards Gewurztraminer. Easily the most complex of the bunch, and also the most expensive at $36. I loved everything about this wine, minus the price. A floral nose with spicy notes of tangerine and green apple that develop into a deliciously crisp and balanced wine. My wine of the night.

Another impressive showing for the Finger Lakes. Cheers!

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