Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Gewürztraminer
By Nicholas Baldwin
To capture a true picture of the Finger Lakes region in a bottle of wine is hard to do. Lakewood Vineyards has done just that with the 2012 Gewurztraminer. It is a grape that has proven to grow well in the region, and shows off the nuanced aromas and individuality among the flourishing vines in the region. Like the picture of a rose flower on the label, the beauty of this wine is in the aromatics.
The 2012 Lakewood Gewurztraminer shows off aromas of white peach and warm spices such as a cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and rose hip. There are notes of grapefruit, lemon and pineapple that seems to linger in and out of every sniff. It has a medium-bodied weight on the tongue and a small percentage of residual sugar that leaves a kiss of sweetness on the front of your palate. It’s easy to see why this well-balanced Gewürztraminer took the Gold Medal at the New York Wine & Food Classic in 2013.
This is a great wine to pair with spicy dishes, Asian dishes and Indian cuisine. It will also be a good pairing for salty cheeses for a nice contrasting flavor. Try it with Old Chatham’s Ewe’s Blue cheese–it will blow your senses away.
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
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