Fetzer Gewürtztraminer 2013

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.

Winemaker:  Fetzer
Varietal:  Gewürtztraminer
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Monterey County, CA
Price:  $12.49

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.

Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Clearly, I’m on a red trend of late.  Can’t help it.  It’s been chilly and snowy, and there’s nothing like a nice glass of red wine to warm my bones.  Well, if I had a fireplace, that might edge out the wine.  Of course, a nice glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire … now that would be awesome.  Alas, I don’t have a fireplace, so I’ll just have to make do with a glass or two of this.

Winemaker:  Fetzer
Wine:  Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  California
Price:  $7.99

Notes:  The color of this Fetzer Cab was a pretty dark ruby.  On the nose I caught whiffs of oak, soil, and dark currant.  Body was medium, acidity was good, and alcohol was at 13.5%.  Tannins were on the lighter side of medium.  Flavors I tasted included black currant, spearmint, and a slight hint of olive.  A nice cherry developed with some oxidation.  It also had a satisfyingly present tannic bite for a Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range.  Rightly or wrongly, I have personally never been a big Fetzer fan.  So I was pleasantly surprised.  Oh, it isn’t one of those big, bold, collectable Cabs that get 90+ scores from all the experts.  Nope, not even close.  For the money, though, it really was pretty decent.

Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewürtztraminer 2011

The Mendocino County vintner, Fetzer, is a leader in sustainable agriculture and is credited with encouraging agricultural approaches in the county toward sustainability and organic wine production.  Reportedly, almost 25% of the orchards in the county are certified organic.  The grapes Fetzer grows in their own vineyards are grown organically, but the wines are not organic.  Why?  Because Fetzer does purchase some grapes from other growers – not all of whom use organic methods.  But, according to the Fetzer folks, all the growers do use sustainable methods.

Winemaker:  Fetzer
Wine: Shaly Loam Gewürtztraminer
Varietal:  Gewürtztraminer
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  California
Price:  $8.99

Notes:  This Gewürtztraminer was a vivid yellow in the glass with a bouquet of citrus, apple and peach.  It’s a light-bodied offering with a very gentle effervescence on the tongue.  The flavors for me were sweet apple and peach with citrus notes and a tad of persimmon near the end.  There were also very light hints of warm spices that lingered on the finish.  Alcohol is at 12% and I found the acidity was fine but not as bright as I personally prefer in this varietal.  I think the wine would do pretty well with Asian cuisine or a cheese course – perhaps a good Brie or Havarti.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

What’s Good From Goosefoot Road

Although often considered a warm weather varietal (i.e. one that is drunk during warm weather), I enjoyed a bottle of this dry Riesling in January.

Vineyard: Fetzer
Varietal: Riesling
Vintage: 2010 Goosefoot Road
Appellation: California
Price: $9

Notes: I liked this wine by Fetzer. At 11.5% alcohol, this is truly a dry Riesling. Yet the wine still had a sweetness to it on the palate – as this varietal should. The flavors for me were abundant fruit flavors of peach (especially at the fore) and lime, a hint of apple, and a lively finish that reminded me of lime zest. I can see this wine being enjoyed as a nice little sipper on a sunny afternoon. Or it could easily be paired with a nice fish or lightly spicy chicken dish.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.