One of the newer bottlings in this brand; the Trader Joe’s staff promised me it wouldn’t be too sweet, so I’m cracking it open tonight with some of my home-made giardiniera and a pot of risotto.
Blue Fin Gewurztraminer (2012) California – $5
Aroma: big, lush lychee and mango fruit, with some spiciness and apple blossom, and a touch of Golden Delicious apple.
Taste: a nice combination of fruit and spice up front, only moderately sweet, with good acidity. Towards the mid-palate it switches to a more austere, Alsace-style wine. The finish has some honeyed and candied fruit, then just a little gunpowder and flint.
I’ll put this in the good-but-not-great category. A decent Gewurztraminer for a beginner, but I suspect you’ll rapidly graduate beyond it.