Fetzer Gewurztraminer Shaly Loam 2012
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.
Fetzer's 2012 is one of their better Gewurztraminers in quite awhile. This wine has more extract and richness than most previous vintages. Nice spice and fruit combination. RS probably 2%. A steal at $5. Did Concha Y Toro ownership make a difference in quality here? The only thing stopping me from rating it a 93 is that it lacks acid. My rating 90.
Fruity with mineral notes. Rather low acid for a white.
Just about as sweet as I will tolerate and very peasant, crisp, chirpy and candid, no subtlety, just a good vibrant wine.
External Reviews for Fetzer Gewurztraminer Shaly Loam
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.
Our Gewürztraminer is rich and complex. It is made with a traditional taste profile, so it is just a bit sweet with crisp acidity. There are aromas of tangerine, mango and orange spice that are joined by pineapple baked pear and a bit of cinnamon. The wine is zesty with flavors of clove, orange and caramelized apples. - Dennis Martin, Winemaker