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Country of Origin: France
Region of Origin: Alsace
Typical Product: White
Structure: Light
Climate: Cool to Warm
Soil Type: No Chalk
Serving Temp: 45 - 50F
Ageability: 1 to 3
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Other Names*:


Gewurztraminer's history is difficult to trace because of the confusion with another closely related Varietal, Traminer.  There is no record of when Traminer also adopted a 'Gewurz' in front of it or if it mutated to form a minor variation.  Gerwuz means  'perfumed'.  Traminer originated in the Northern Italian mountains in the village of Traminer in Tyrolia.  There are records of Traminer going back over 1,000years ago.  From there is moved north to Alsace.  Whatever the relationship, the names Traminer and Gewurztraminer are both still used today.  The first known use of the term Gewurztraminer is in the latter half of the 1800's.

It is often described as having the small of roses or Lychees but not in subtle way.  A strong sniff of Gewurztraminer often results in an olfactory overload.  It taste is equally polarizing.  Gewurztraminer is a low acid Varietal so in most cases, there really isn't a counterbalance to a sweetness that can range from subtle to overpowering.  While many sources describe it as full bodied white wine, in reality that full body character can also produce a cloying sweetness that overwhelms the other characteristic of the wine.  The best examples are subtle with a balance of perfume, crispness and spice.  If either the vineyard master or the winemaker makes a mistake with Gewurztraminer it can't be hidden.

For those who grow Gewurztraminer, it's a labor of love because it's a very difficult grape to grow.  It ripens early so an onset of late rain or cold can cause problems.  Cool, dry climates allow what meager acid is present to mature.  In warmer climates, it quickly ripens with little acidity or complexity.  Like most wine grape varietals, it will over produce if not kept in check, which weakens the fruit flavors.  Its grape color can range from green, to yellow and even orange, usually depending on climate.

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
2010  $14.00   
2010  $17.00  T-Bud Dry Cuvee 
Willamette Valley Vineyards
2009  $18.00   
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