Gewurztraminer is an extremely aromatic white grape and is renowned in Alsace, France and Germany. We’re starting to see more dry Gewurztraminers in our state and in other parts of the world.
This week, I had the opportunity to try the 2013 Estate grown, Balletto Gewurztraminer from Russian River Valley. The Balletto’s like many Arizona farmers utilize sustainable farming practices. The color was a beautiful pale lemon and the wine had 13.7% alcohol by volume. The wine offered lovely aromas of gardenia flowers, lychee, green apple and apricots. The palate also showcased tropical flowers, coconut and salted caramel. The finish was around 28 seconds. This delightful wine was very enjoyable on it’s on however, it needs to be paired with something mild due to its powerful floral flavors. While there are many bottles of perfume out there, this is the only one I would choose to drink!
Chardonnay is one of the most widely grown International white grape varieties. It originally hales from Burgundy, France and is made into many diverse styles from sparkling wines to stainless steel fermented wines and heavily oaked.
I celebrated National Chardonnay Day, with a 2016 Danza Del Sol, Reserve Chardonnay from Temecula Valley. This delicious medium bodied, dry white wine had a nice lemon color and a highly aromatic nose. It offered lovely aromas of peaches, apricots, freshly mowed lawn and honeycomb. The palate showcased additional flavors of pineapple, almonds, and mandarin orange and had a pleasing creamy mouth feel. The finish was around 25 seconds and the wine had 14.8% alcohol by volume. It is one of the more enjoyable Chardonnays I’ve had in a long time.
So if you can pick up a bottle of this delightful chardonnay to celebrate National Chardonnay Day, your day will shine!
Last week we had a blind wine tasting with wines from Temecula. Four whites and four reds were showcased. The favorite of the evening was the 2017 Arneis from Hart Winery. For those who have never tasted Arneis, it is an important white grape from Piedmont, Italy and one of my favorites.
On the nose we found delightful aromas of grass, tropical fruit, flowers and almonds. On the palate there were additional flavors of honeysuckle, hazelnut, and dried apricot.
This dry white wine had a beautiful pale straw color, a 23 second finish and 11.5% alcohol by volume. There were 326 cases produced. Arizona is also growing Arneis, so if you can’t make it to Northern Italy or the lovely Hart Winery in Temecula, I hope you have the opportunity to try some local Arneis.
Today I celebrated World Moscato Day with the 2017 Sweet Adeline Muscat from Carlson Creek Vineyards. This sweet Muscat has 6.5% residual sugar, 12.9 % alcohol by volume and was made using the Muscat of Alexandria grape.
On the nose there were delightful notes of orange blossoms, peach, honeysuckle, diesel, and rose. The palate continued with honey, mandarin oranges, jolly roger cherry and pipi de chat. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and had a nice finish at around 33 second. This is the first vintage of Muscat that the Carlson’s made, and they produced 218 cases of this delicious wine. For those looking for a sweeter Arizona wine, this is an excellent choice. It doesn’t have to be World Moscato Day to enjoy this lovely wine. Stop by one of their many tastings rooms to try it!
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It’s International Sauvignon Blanc day and to celebrate, I opened a North Canterbury New Zealand, 2017 Mt. Beautiful, Sauvignon Blanc. Canterbury is South of Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand.
The color was a lovely pale straw and the ABV was 13%. When I first opened it the aromas of “pipi de chat” were so strong, I though my old cat had returned. As the wine opened up, the nose softened and offered additional aromas of Peach, Melon and Honey. On the palate there were flavors of lime, grapefruit, kiwi and grass with nice acidity. It was extremely refreshing. This light/medium bodied wine had a nice finish at around 26 seconds and paired well with my garlic chicken. At under $20 it’s a good buy. If you miss your cat and like Sauvignon Blanc, why not try the Mt. Beautiful and enjoy the gooseberry?
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Sue Schurgin, CSW, (Certified Specialist of Wine). WSET II, is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She loves wine and beer education and is also a Level 1 Sommelier.
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