Friday, February 3, 2012

Zmor 2007 Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer

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This Gewurztraminer is bone dry – something we find tres refreshing. That’s the style we’ve come to love – a little beebop of residual sugar is OK, too. But nothing more than off-dry if you please.

We mostly enjoy Gewurz from the Finger Lakes or Ontario, so a bottle from the Russian River Valley tickled our fancy. This bottle was the first in an evening to celebrate a friend’s recent promotion.

This has nice apricot and apple flavors without the rose petal that turns off Green Dragon. It is well balanced and the finish has good length. My only beef would be that it is finished in oak. It isn’t noticeable until the end. It’s not completely objectionable, but it isn’t necessary either.

Anyway you look at it, the Russian River Valley produces outstanding grapes. To deliver a fine Gewurztraminer like this shows a great range.

Not the apex for Gewurz, but certainly worth it if you pick it up under $20. Should be splendid with shrimp.

Rating: 2.5 of 5

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