Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks 2007
A Thought From Winemaker Dennis Martin “It’s often called Gavurz because it’s hard to say (even harder to spell). It’s really an enological secret weapon, great for taming spicy foods or sipping on its own. Lots of people love this wine, even if they’ll never win the spelling bee. Just ask for Gavurz. We’ll know what you mean.” Growing Season This was a nicely warm, nicely dry vintage. In this case, boring is a good thing. The extended growing season was perfect for the development of passion fruit aromas in many of the vineyards we farmed. Some light rain in September cooled things down and made the harvest easy going. Breezy days and cool nights made for a reluctant, but in the end, rewarding crop. Notes On The Wine Gewürztraminer comes in several styles, and all are increasingly popular. Valley Oaks is made with a traditional taste profile, just a bit sweet but oh so perfect at holiday or any time you need a wine to complement a meal. Crisp acidity is a hallmark of this wine. Grapes are sourced from cool-climate regions of California (hot weather just won’t do for this varietal) and we treat the grapes to a slow, cold fermentation averaging 50° in nothing but stainless steel tanks. The absence of oak is purposeful. Taste With the Winemaker We traditionally source Gewürztraminer from the cool Central Coast region of California, where long, lingering growing seasons add a touch of complexity and richness to the wine. Passion fruit comes to the fore in this vintage, along with tangerine, mango and clean aromas of orange spice joining with pineapple, baked pears and hints of tell-tale cinnamon, common to Gewürztraminer. This wine can be zesty, and flavors of clove, orange and caramelized apples are evident. One wine writer described our Gavurz as a “Two Wow Experience: Great tasting and Great energy.” I like that. Consistent Acclaim For Every Vintage Best of Class, California Appellation, 2008 California State Fair, Vintage 2006 Alcohol 12.07% * Total Acidity .65 gms/100ml * pH 3.19 * RS 3.25gms/100ml Fermented in Stainless Without Oak Aging We craft our Valley Oaks wines responsibly so you can enjoy them responsibly Visit Fetzer on the web at Fetzer.com to learn more about our Earth Friendly Wines Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, Mendocino County California USA
Fetzer Vineyards was founded in 1968 in beautiful Mendocino County by Barney and Kathleen Fetzer. One of the first California wineries to branch out into serious Chardonnay production, Fetzer remains committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious wine production. Dennis Martin oversees all wine-making at Fetzer and is assisted by Charlie Gilmore and Michael Chupp, who are in charge of white wine making and red wine making respectively.
A fine sweet white wine. Very similar to a standard riesling.
thick, sweet almost dessert like wine. Strong scent of rose on the nose. Slight pear, and orange peel flavors. Sweeter than our usual pick, but delicious. Great as an after dinner drink (dessert)
Initially sweet on the nose, with a little spice. A little too sweet, actually. Still friendly and drinkable. A little more acid or spicy flavors would bring much more depth and interest to this.
Not my favorite Gavurtz. Clear, yellow. Slight sweet lemon nose with some tropical fruit. Very little acid on palate with a sweet tropical fruit cocktail taste. Not well balance, alcohol comes through too much but not hot.
A very nice white wine. It is sweet enough to drink as a desert wine yet spicy enough to pair well with foods. I enjoy the fact that in this example there is nary a flavor of oak anywhere. It is an excellent wine to introduce those who don't usually care for wine. It is a wonderful change from the wines I drink more frequently. Just bear in mind I also happen to like Port. As you might guess sweet tastes don't offend me.
I've tried Gewurztraminer from 12 countries/vineyards and this is my absolute favorite! I've been having a glass of it every night for years.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks
Wine Tasting NotesThe wine is a deep golden straw color, with a nose of dried apricot, spicy peach, with a touch of rose petal and honeysuckle. The crisp green apple, honeyed apricot and peach flavors meld with the traditional spicy flavors of Gewurztraminer. This medium-bodied wine's off dry style strikes the perfect balance between its sweetness and bright crisp acidity. A versatile wine, it pairs nicely with spicy Asian cooking as well as grilled chicken and fish.
Fans of our Fetzer Gewurztraminer won't be disappointed with this vintage. Rich, fruity and clean aromas of orange spice join with pineapple, baked pears and hints of tell-tale cinnamon. The wine can be zesty, and flavors of clove, orange and caramelized apples come to the fore. One wine writer described our Gavurz as a 'Two WoW Experience: great tasting and great energy.' I like that.