Heron Hill Reserve Gewürztraminer 2016: $17 to $25 Very Good to Very Good+

The Heron Hill Reserve Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $17 to $25 [Very Good to Very Good+] is yet another fine Gewürztraminer from the 2016 vintage.  Very well made, nicely balanced, with quintessential Gewürztraminer flavors and some complexity, this is a fine bottle to sip -- or drink it with mild to moderately spicy dinner fare.  It is a very good value at the lower end of the price range.

Medium lemon yellow in color, the aromas are fresh and sappy, with solid scents of pear, lychee, rose, citrus and a mineral note.  Full bodied, dry, with a touch of spritz (which dissipates), this is a nicely balanced wine which hides its elevated alcohol level very well.  Sappy ripe flavors of apple, pear, lychee, citrus, tropical fruit, rose, and a moderate amount of Gewürztraminer spice are pure and forceful.  The finish is lightly bitter, well structured, with very good length.  September 2017


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