Awhile back I had the 2011 Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewürtztraminer, so I wanted to compare the experiences. But upon closer inspection, I realized this one is from Monterey County not the broader California appellation. Even so, I decided to taste and see how the two vintages compare. Notes from my first Fetzer Gewürtztraminer can be found by clicking here.
Appellation: Monterey County, CA
Notes: This selection was a golden yellow in the glass with a bouquet of peach and warm spices. It’s a medium-bodied wine with good acidity. The flavors for me were sweet – almost syrupy – peach with spice, a touch of grass, and a tart citrusy finish. Alcohol was at 12%. I think this would serve well as an accompaniment to a light cake or as a sweet sip at a warm-weather outdoor reception.
So how do they compare? Well, in my opinion this selection seems a bit more in the typical varietal style – medium-bodied and a tad sweeter to the taste buds – than the 2011. Even so, both were perfectly fine wines.