Let me start by saying that Gewurztraminer is not my favorite wine, and I’m not a big fan of wines from the Finger Lakes region in New York in general. So it was only after my wife threatened me with bodily harm (or was it the lack of bodily harm? I can’t remember) that I decided to crack open the Hermann J. Wiemer dry 2007 Gewurztraminer and take it for a whirl.
The color of the wine is soothing. It is a very pale yellow with undertones of green. Nice and clear. I was hoping to see a little spritz (tiny bubbles) on the sides of the glass, but I didn’t. That’s okay, though. I guess I’m just a fan of bubbles.
Gewurztraminer is known for it’s nose, and the Wiemer didn’t disappoint. There was a very floral scent, almost a bed of roses, from the first sniff. There was a touch of citrus – I thought grapefruit – hiding under the roses. A second good whirl and deep sniff reminded me of the candy bowl that my grandma used to keep by her chair. The first swallow was surprisingly pleasant.
The initial taste was a honey / candy taste that eased into a nice honeydew melon flavor. It was sweet, but not overbearingly so. My mind may have been playing tricks on me, but I thought I detected a little effervescent quality to the wine, and that made me very happy. I also had, right with the swallow, just a hint of spice (nutmeg) that I found to be very pleasant.
The finish was a creamy textured pear flavor that hung around for quite some time.
Many people say that Gewurztraminer is one of the few wines that pairs nicely with Asian food. Maybe it does; maybe it doesn’t. I think that a regional wine (like Gewurztraminer) pairs best with foods from that region. And Alsace is a pork heaven. This wine would be perfect for a ham, sausage, loin, or any other pork dish. Serve it with bacon and eggs; I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I also would call this wine a great picnic wine. Cold fried chicken, some nice soft stinky cheese (Munster), some fruit, cucumber slices to keep the palate fresh and a bottle of this wine would make for a great outing. Just be wary of bees because they are going to want to attack this wine.