Washington state; 12.8% ABV
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 2 April
The price seemed a bit expensive for GO standards, but the bottle had a nice label and, really, how often do we see a Gewürztraminer? To my taste, it’s definitely New World not Old, but I’m pretty happy with it.
The inviting nose smells of white and yellow flowers and yellow peach / lighter apricot. On the palate of this off-dry wine, there’s much more of the same plus some light spiciness and bitterness of orange peel, with a decent fruit – acid balance. It paired well with the chicken (organic thighs from the GO!) I cooked with grapefruit marmalade, powdered ginger, white pepper, and some of the wine. Although the “Elsewhere” price is not that much more than the GO price, maybe $12 or $13 IIRC, but this is nonetheless not bad for $8. I may get another bottle or two if I find it during the sale.
I said it’s New World because of the ripeness level, higher than I recall you’d usually find in an Alsatian Gewurz. However, the winery is just 5 miles south of the US – Canada border, although I guess that doesn’t tell me where the grapes were grown.
In the box full of Gewurz, there were also two bottles of 2010 Okanogan Riesling, which turned out to be $7 when I bought one of them.