Jonathan Edwards, Gewurztraminer, 2008

Jonathan Edwards, Gewurztraminer, 2008

Mystic, Connecticut, may not sound like the place to go for a wine adventure. And yet the Wine Rambler had an adventure moment there when (while browsing the shelves at a wine merchant) I discovered a wine from Connecticut - a wine region we have yet to explore. Naturally, I had to take the Gewürztraminer home with me (in one of those brown bags that the Americans like to sell their booze in).

The 'Gewurz' is part of the Connectictut product line of the Jonathan Edwards Winery (they also make wine in Napa Valley), a company that produces less than 10,000 cases a year: Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and a few others, including my Gewürz. The winery is located in North Stonnigton, apparently with a distant view over Long Island Sound. It is part of the Connecticut Wine Trail, a group of some 20 state approved wineries you can visit along a scenic route signposted on state highways.

On my return to London I did not wait too long to sample the wine. The bouquet took some time to fully develop; eventually it entertained me with grapefruit, lemon peel, honeysuckle, a hint of caramelised lime and blood orange. Starting out more delicate, the nose became sharper over time, perhaps a little too much for my liking.

On the tongue the Gewürztraminer delivered on being crisp and fresh, a taut appearance that was a little more fruity mid-palate. It had a good dosage of acidity, especially in the finish, although I felt it could have been a little more integrated. The finish also had some spice and ended on a note of caramelised fennel/mint.

Overall I found the bouquet more interesting than the taste of this no doubt serviceable Gewürztraminer (which came at the cost of a little over $24).


Submitted by Julian Saturday, 20/11/2010

Connecticut being officially the nutmeg state, a spicy gewurztraminer should make a very fitting wine to be produced there. If this particular wine doesn't seem to be Connecticut's greatest son, I at least like the folksy label.