2013 Gewurztraminer – 86 points

The 2013 Gewurztraminer is the sweetest of the Gewurzs here, at 9 grams per liter of residual sugar, a more “consumer-friendly style (if such a thing exists),” said winemaker Kelby Russell. It comes in at 13.1% alcohol. At 9 grams per liter it actually still seems reasonably dry, so this is still easily a table wine. That’s not really the issue so much as its gentle style and modest concentration. Nuanced with some of that classic Gewurz lychee flavor, it seems just average in mid-palate concentration, although solidly enough built for this modest price range. On opening, it is pretty nice. It marches down the middle of the road, with a hint of something distinctive here and there, while not quite seeming to project Gewurz in full flight. Everything is toned down. It does not benefit from any aeration or warmth and it becomes less interesting, in fact. In fairness, considering the modest price point, the quibbles here can be overlooked. It is a nice picnic or on-the-porch white and a reasonable value. There were 574 cases produced, the workhorse of the Gewurz production here.

86 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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