Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lenz Gewurztraminer 2005 Estate Bottled

At a recent visit to the Lenz Winery in Peconic on the North fork of Long Island I had the pleasure of meeting winemaker Eric Fry. The invitation was for a barrel tasting but before I describe that experience I'd like to write about the broad range of wines they have to offer.

The first wine on the table was the Lenz Gewurztraminer 2005, a dry Alsatian style white wine picked just in time, Eric pointed out that after the harvest it rained 17" in 8 days. On the heavy side with lots of ripe fruits ... grapefruit, pineapple, cantaloupe and honey but with slight tannins for balance. On the big finish were floral hints of rose petals and spice. Generally Gewurztraminer gets 1 year in bottle, this has almost 2. Retails for $20.
©2008 photo by Dave Trieger

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