Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s
What They Said:
Per Wine Cask In regards to the 2003 “This conglomeration of scrounged California grapes has a nice light golden color with a typical Gewruz bouquet of peaches, apricots and pineapples and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth it is sweet, a little too much, but there’s enough acid to pull it off without it being cloying. Now here’s the gig—if you put a good solid chill on this wine, it is drinkable and nearly enjoyable even to schooled palate such as mine. It is not a great wine, and there’s maybe an off flavor or two but they are subtle, probably undetectable to the normal palate and for the $2.99 anything that is palatable has you ahead of the game.”
What I Think:
This is a bottle of Gewurztraminer I had a while back that seemed like it was easy to approach. That said it seemed to fit my father’s wife’s palate perfectly. She definitely prefers whites though she is starting to take to reds. She also likes those that are a bit on the fruitier and sweeter side without any dryness to them. She had mentioned earlier in the trip that she has a hard time finding wines that she likes under the $15 price point. Being the intrepid bargain hunter that I am I was bound and determined to show her that there was plenty of options available for the budget shopper. With that in mind I headed down to TJ’s and grabbed a few bottles of this thinking I could send one home with her. That night I made some backed enchiladas and put this wine down on the table ready to see her reaction. At this point she was still unaware of the price tag. It wasn’t the home run I thought it would be but she did enjoy it. I later realized that after a day of tasting high quality wines in Dry Creek this may not have been the most opportune time to try and make a lasting impression with this bottle. From my notes this came across as more manufactured this time, again after tasting I should have known better. The nose was full of citrus with barrel undertones lingering in the depths. In the mouth it starts almost racy with tart lemon rind followed by floral favors in the mid-palate before syrupy notes take over for the finish. I just noticed last time I had promised a blind tasting with thoughts of rating this higher. Given that I have another bottle left I think I will do that but for the time being this one has sunk a bit in my book as I was not nearly as impressed as I previously had been. Perhaps with a normalized palate next time I’ll be reminded of what it was that made me think that I might have been underestimating this wine. Until then I am going to knock it down a notch. Stay tuned.
Rating: Skip It