2007 Snoqualmie “Naked” Gewürztraminer

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One of the state of Washington’s first premium wineries was Snoqualmie Vineyards. Now based in the small town of Prosser, Snoqualmie is part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Group (formerly known as Stimson Lane) and its winemaker, Joy Anderson is one of our state’s most under-recognized.

Her approach to wine and philosophy of making it helps her produce consistantly top-quality wines which win wide acclaim, however, I don’t really hear her name brought up as much as I think it should be in most wine circles.

A few years ago, Snoqualmie launched a “Naked” series of white wines which are all made from 100% organic fruit and have a very simplistic – let the fruit come out – profile to them.

Gewürztraminer is always a popular pick for Thanksgiving because its food-friendly and for its hint of spice, however, around here, it’s also a popular pick during the warm months of summer.

Technical Data:
Vineyards: 100% Organic Vineyards, Columbia Valley
First harvest: October 12, 2007
Brix: 23.6
Fermentation Data: Length 24 days
Yeast type: Prise de Mousse
Total acidity: 0.67g/100ml
pH: 3.14
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual sugar: 2.51g/100ml
Blend: 100% Organically Grown Gewürztraminer

Color: Very light – similar color to pear juice

Smell: Heavy pear component, a hint of peach, grapefruit, cinnamon, allspice, lever-brand bar soap.

Taste: Very light fruit on the front palate, a bit nutty – a bit of cashew- on the mid and has the finish of a spicey pear. I’m also picking up a nice bit of minerality in the wine which I really appreciate. The finish for me, lingers around okay, but it’s like the shy kid in school who tries to come out of the shadows, but when recognized goes right back into being shy.

Overall Summary:
Not a bad effort at all on Joy’s part, this is a wine which will cater to those folks looking to get away from the over-sugared Gewurzt all too many have been plagued by. Its on the drier side which means its far more food-friendly and would easily carry over a nice turkey meal or thai food.

For around $11, this is a wine which is a very solid bottle and can be a great gateway wine between the folks caught up into the sweet crap out there – helping them to step on over to the drier side.

-duane pemberton

W.E.P. Scale Rating: 100%