Riesling might rule the Finger Lakes, but don’t be fooled–it’s not the only game in town.

What wines shine in central New York? When I think about it, I think about Alsace–riesling, gewurztraminer and pinot gris all do well. I’ve written about the riesling quite a bit and we’ll tackle pinot gris another day.

Today we’re focusing on Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars’ 2006 Gewurztraminer, a fresh, spicy white from one of the regions best-respected producers.

Sometimes gewuztraminer can be over-the-top in its floral
quality–to the point that it tastes more like perfume than wine. Not
so with this terrific bottle.

The nose has faint rose petal and
lychee notes, but it’s the honeydew melon, ginger, and blood orange aromas
that demand the most attention here.

Medium-to-full bodied and dry, the
flavors closely match the nose with loads of melon and ginger with rose petals in
the background.

At 13.9% ABV, this is a hefty wine for the region, but it’s not heavy or disjointed.

It’s terrific wine when you want to drink Finger Lakes wine, but don’t want riesling.

Grape(s): Gewürztraminer
Producer: Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
Price: $17.99

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