Saturday, January 23, 2010

***+ Chez Ray Gewurztraminer, Columbia Gorge, Underwood, WA, 2008

This Chez Ray Gewurztraminer 2008 white wine started life almost exactly one year ago as frozen grapes from Brehm Vineyards, specifically, this lot:

328-06CGGW - 2006 Columbia Gorge Gewurztraminer, Underwood WA (G8)

They were fermented with a 58w3 yeast, aged with a couple small slices of charred French oak, and bottled two weeks ago.  In the glass, this is a light yellow, with hints of green.

Poured cold and swirled vigorously, the nose is bright with sweet lemon and grass.  On the palate, the first note is almost a brisk lime spritz that hits the back of your mouth.  Robust acids draw it up and out into your cheeks.  Finish is clean and perky.  Three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale. 

This might actually want to be a lightly sweet wine, as some gewurz' tend to be.
Testing the sweet-hypothesis, at a sweetness level of between 6-8 teaspoons sugar per 750 ml, Chez Ray Gewurztraminer earns a plus on its three stars for friendliness, without having lost its varietal tanginess.

Updating this testing, four teaspoons sugar per 750 ml does a nice job just offsetting the acids with a light touch.

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