2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Gewürztraminer

Last October, my girlfriend and I took a trip to the Finger Lakes to tour some of the wineries and do some research for a project I’d been working on. We stopped at a few different wineries but mainly went to check out the selection at Hermann J. Wiemer. We enjoyed an amazing weekend and even got to help harvest and process their latest batch of Pinor Noir grapes. A rousing time was had by all and we left with a mixed case of what I believe to definitively be some of the Finger Lake’s best wines, in quality and value. The 2008 Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling and 2007 Wiemer Gewürztraminer rivaled some of the nicer Mosel wines I’ve had and the price, $18, just could not be beat.Recently, I received a selection of wines from the 2010 vintage, and we decided to open up the 2010 Gewürztraminer to go with dinner tonight. If you haven’t heard of Gewürztraminer, go put it on your “to drink” list immediately. Riesling’s more aromatic cousin gets its sweet, floral scents from a high concentration of terpenes, a natural organic compound produced by many plants by means of resin and naturally occuring essential oils. It’s the primary component that gives beer its hoppy flavor and Gewürz (German for “herb”) its classic aroma of lychees. A befitting comparison as the Gewürz grape and lychees share the same aroma compounds, cis rose oxide and ethyl hexanoate, amongst others. If you’re looking to indulge in wines with intense noses for a casual evening, it’s the perfect candidate. This example was aromatic, though not really within the standard constraints of scents I’ve typically encountered. It was abound with green apple, green pepper notes, and lime zest with a vague syrupy lychee scent as well.While developing flavors are typical in younger wines, this had a murky structure that blurred the lines between sweet and acidic that I couldn’t quite discern. Its acidity was pleasant though not peevish and gave its rich body a firm backbone to support the indulgence of the mouthfeel. Its flavor was classic and elegant, with a prickly grapefruit dominating the bulk of the sip, followed by crushed mint leaves and a little spice. I hope to see some more floral notes come out of this one. Following the immense success of the 2008 Gewürztraminer will be a difficult feat, but perhaps in a year or two this will have developed a little more to tell.

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Gewürztraminer
90/100
MSRP: $21

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