Budget Wine: Fetzer Gewurztraminer Monterey County Shaly Loam 2013

fetzer gewurzGewurztraminer is not often found on the supermarket shelf, which is too bad. It is a distinctive, aromatic grape although it can suffer from low acidity and high alcohol.

Fetzer is one of the few wineries that produce a budget “gewurz”. And it’s a good buy. Tangerine and red apple aromas dominate, simple but pleasing. The palate is quite sweet, with a weighty body but no hint of oiliness which I look for in Gewurztraminer. The acidity is just a bit low as well and the finish falls off the table, the alcoholic bitterness associated with the grape having been wiped clean. This is designed for mass market appeal. As a classic example of Gewurztraminer this doesn’t cut it but for a budget wine with enough sweetness to pair with spicy food or moderately sweet sauces, it works. There is enough aromatic intensity and textured mouthfeel to make it a worthy alternative when you’re in the Chardonnay rut.

A good wine to have on hand for the right circumstance.

Score: 86

Price: $10

Alc: 12%

This Gewurtraminer is languid and sultry like Cowboy Junkies

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