Part of winemaker August Deimel’s single-vineyard program, the Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 “Pre-Emption Vineyard” Gewurztraminer offers a bright nose of sweet melon and pear with the floral notes you expect from the variety — but more white flower than rose petal.

Mouth-filling but not overweight, the palate brings sweet, over-ripe honeydew and lemon drop candy flavors with floral undernotes. The midpalate steers toward cloying, but the combination of just-enough acidity and bitterness on the finish keeps it in check. The finish turns more floral but ripe, sweet fruit remains.

Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 12%
RS: 1.25%
pH: 3.52
Production:177 cases
Release Date: May 2013
Price: $22*

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good)