I’ll be honest with you, California isn’t the first region I think of when I’m looking for a Gewürztraminer. And Forest Glen never comes to mind as a brand I would expect to turn to for Gewürz. But then Forest Glen has surprised me before, like when their Pinot Noir topped some other Pinot’s more than twice the price in a blind tasting.
This is a brand that’s produced by Bronco Wine Company, best known for making Two Buck Chuck of Trader Joe’s fame. Seriously, I never expected them to produce a Gewürztraminer. And to be honest, I was a bit biased against it and therefore tasted this wine blind alongside a few other Gewürztraminers.
Fresh cut flowers are all over the nose of this wine, which is really nice. But there’s also a slight cabbage aroma, which is not as pleasant. It’s a touch spicy too, which gives it another plus. The palate has powerful lychee and a touch of honey. It could use a touch more acidity, but I wouldn’t call it flabby. The finish has a lingering sweetness, so I would only recommend this one to those who like sweeter wines.
All told, I’m surprised again. While I wouldn’t call this an exceptional Gewurztraminer, it’s still decent… and a bargain at $8.00.
Wine: Forest Glen Gewürztraminer
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.