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Tasting Note: Heavenly “Big G” White

Heavenly is a new vineyard and winery, about an hour north of Grand Rapids, just off US 131.  Their Big G is a 100% Gewurztraminer bottling.  I enjoyed this bottle with risotto and wild mushrooms a few weeks ago.

Heavenly “Big G” White (NV) Michigan – $11

Color: medium gold.

Aroma: slightly foxy, mostly apple and white grape on the nose.

Taste: a hint of sweetness – I’d classify this as off-dry rather than true dry. Golden apples, and a little more spice, with good acidic balance throughout. Quite nice with rich food.

Don’t drink this too cold!  I made the mistake of first tasting it after it had been out of the refrigerator for just 10 minutes.  This really opens up when it gets to around 50F.

Recommended – a great wine for the money!

 

Blue Fin Gewurztraminer

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

Photo0336Color: pale golden yellow.

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.

Winetasting Report: Trader Joe’s

Stopped in to shop food and wine and attend the Friday tasting today. I ran into a couple customers I hadn’t seen in ages, as well. They had an interesting assortment on the table – some great finds. Three of the four are recommended.

VinTJs Gewurztraminer (2012) Paso Robles, California – $6

Perfectly dry, with spicy/floral aromas and a lovely combination of lychee, asian pear, and apple on the palate. A real winner for this price – highly recommended. Get this for your Thanksgiving turkey!

Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Pinot Noir (2011) Russian River Valley, California – $13

This is the more recent vintage of what I had just the other night. This is lighter and livelier, with wild strawberry aromas and tastes. Much more of a feminine version. I prefer the 2010.

Trader Joe’s Private Reserve Mourvedre (2011) Paso Robles, California – $11.50

A nice example of this northern Rhone grape. It definitely needs time and air to open up, but then it develops a great combination of vanilla and brambly fruit, with a tannic, chewy backbone. Recommended.

Villa Alena (2011) Moscato d’Asti, Italy – $10

Forget every bottle of headache-inducing Moscato you’ve ever tried – this is the real deal. Yes, it’s sweet, but it has a light, lively, bright texture and definite notes of apricot and peach fruit. Quite lovely and refreshing. Also Recommended.