2006 JW Morris Gewurztraminer

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:

In a word, great value for the money. Great bottle of wine, wouldn’t go that far but we are talking about $3. It will be interesting to see what this does side by side with another bottling. My thoughts are that it will come off as manufactured. There was the flavor of peached coming through loud and clear. This definitely has some sweetness that is a little bit over the top. Certainly buyable and I recommend everyone grab a bottle. We had this one with Mexican but it would likely work even better with Indian or Thai. I am going to get another bottle to compare it against something a little more upscale so I’ll go with 12th bottle for now. Should it win the blind tasting though that will be revisited.

Rating: 12th Bottle

2004 Navarro Gewurztraminer Estate Bottled Dry

Price: $14.00 direct from the winery

What They Said:

Exceptional. Perfect floral, spice and rose petal/gardenia aroma. Drier than most prior vintages, a classic. Do not miss. Winery only. Gold Medal Winner. – Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, July 21, 2005.

Wine of the Week. An off dry, showy, spicy gewürztraminer. Has a good concentration of peach and citrus fruit. Aroma of rose petal. A lively, refreshing finish. Great pick for Thanksgiving dinner. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 9, 2005.

What I Think:

This is a bottle that I always look forward to opening. Navarro makes their gewurzt in the Alsacian style so it is not of sweet variety that you typically find when grabbing a local bottling of this grape. It has a very nice boquet of flowers that I can’t distinguish but you can recognize the mineral undertones even in the nose. We typically pair this with a spicy dish, something Indian or Thai and it is wonderful, though given its dryness it has far more versatility than your typical Gewurzt. Keep your eye open for this bottle in the local San Francisco ethnic restaurants I have seen it quite a bit. If you find it order without hesitation and enjoy!

Rating: Wow!

2005 Santa Ynez Valley Winery Gewurztraminer

Price: $6.99 @TJ’s

What They Said:

Couldn’t seem to find anything on this, guess you’ll have to trust me.

What I Think:

This wine is made by Mike Brown at the Kalyra Winery where this bottles sells for $16.  Not sure if this is the same exact wine but I do know that this is very good.  I have gone through at least a case of this and have a mere one bottle left.  I still see the Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay in the stores but alas this can not be found.  If anyone see this wine please let me know, would love to get some more

Rating: Bulk Buy