Truett Hurst Winery – 2015 – “Queen Bee” – Gewurtztraminer – Russian River Valley/Sonoma County
I remember thinking, “A Gewurtztraminer? I’m going to write about a Gewurtztraminer?” Well here I am doing just that. This bottle has no sugar to speak of, or none that you can detect, and boasts with tropical and florally capturing chimes from contact one to any finish. But that’s one dimension to this wine I found inspiring, is that there was no “finish”. I tasted it yesterday before 11AM, I’m pretty sure, and can still recall every suggestion, from the apricot, to the line, to the wet stone, forest air, tangerine… This wine just stays there and communicates with you. Has not intention of fleeing. Doesn’t necessarily demand a food pairing, but would welcome something spicy or with a little pepper, some kind of heat. I know, you’ve never heard of such a pairing for Gewurtz’, right? Well, just had to put it in my notes, maybe to remind myself. But, honestly, the structure and pervasive placement of this wine is so playful and flirtatious that I would just leave it alone, or only “pair” it with something before dinner, like veggies and hummus, or some aged cheddar., or a chair on a porch, or by a pool. But, back to what I said, I was smitten leaving the tasting room. And it was a rainy day, and I kept thinking “This would be nice for just sitting inside with and sipping, feet up on a coffee table in front of a fire or to some Sonny Rollins.” But, had to work. So, to more of the wine’s testaments, it had me fantasizing, wishing, envisioning myself with just a day off— me, a bottle, a view. Simplicity, sequencing more seduction. And from a Gewurtztraminer. Huh…..