2007 Ventana Gewurztraminer

Winery Website: www.ventanavineyards.com
Winery Phone #: 831-372-7415
MSRP: $16.00

Ventana Vineyards, located in the greater Monterey California area, has won so many awards for its vineyard that it literally is the most award-winning vineyard in the USA and this wine completely backs that up.

All to many people kick Gewurztraminer to the curb during the year and tend to only pick up a bottle during Thanksgiving – screw that. If you’re into the Thai-style cuisine or any sort of spicier foods then you really should be picking up more Gewurztraminer and enjoying it more often.

Technical Data:
Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA – Monterey, California USA
Varietal: Gewürztraminer
Vineyard: 100% Estate Ventana Vineyard
Total Acidity .64 g/ 100ml
pH 3.30
Alcohol 13.5%

Nose: Holy Lord and all that’s pure, holy and sacred – there’s a TON of obnoxiously-good fruit going on here with mildew-laden footlocker with floods of pears, green apple, cinnamon and some lightly toasted pistachios – I’m also picking up hickory wood mixed with pear, lemon zest orange peel and apricot. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg round out the back-end of the nose.

Taste: Excellent mouth feel with superb acidity and a great lingering finish..nice lemon-lime action on the back-end and some peach-skin. A huge, long finish that’ll still be there a week later – helping you feel the love.

Overall Summary:
Ventana has really made this wine extremely food friendly – it’s easily the best Gewurztraminer I’ve had, period – in fact, I’m not sure I can think of any that I’ve had recently which come close.

This wine absolutely rips it up and takes your senses for a joy-ride – there aren’t too many Gewurztraminer’s you can find that beg you to do nothing but sniff them for an hour before you even taste it.

So stop being a hater and enjoy a bottle of Gewurztraminer today – if you find the 07′ Ventana you and your palate will thank me.

W.E.P. Rating: 130%

Food I’d hit with this wine:
Spicy Thai
Turkey and gravy
Spicy sausage in a home-made mac&cheese
Roasted chicken in jerk rub