If nothing else, this blog has given us an excuse to open bottles of wine that we’ve been “saving” for no particular reason other than “tonight doesn’t really feel like a night to open a good bottle of wine.”
On Saturday, we invited a few people over and opened a bottle from a winery in Long Island that we visited in the fall of 2008: a 2005 Lenz Gewürztraminer.
We have a lot to say about wine tasting on Long Island, but those stories will have to wait until a longer post. (She Said: After our Gewürztraminer, we opened a bottle of my favorite summer wine, a rosé from Croteaux also on Long Island. More on this buy-a-case wine soon.)
For now, here’s our take on the hard-to-find 2005 Lenz Gewürztraminer:
We’ve had this bottle for so long, I kind of forgot about it. When we opened it, I didn’t know what to expect. This wine was worth the wait. It has a bright, yellow, almost gold color. The nose was just as bold. There was plenty of fruit – some melon maybe? Perfume and flowers were also prominent. I’m neither a gardener nor a florist, so I couldn’t tell you which flowers exactly.
The mouth feel was very typical of Gewürztraminer – soft, yet viscous. The flavors were tropical fruit, with maybe some stone fruit followed by a bit of vanilla. I wish we had another bottle.
The color of this wine struck me first: inside, it appeared very, very yellow, buttery even; outside, it looked, frankly, like urine. It smelled like perfume.
I know urine and perfume, not a good combo, but the taste was totally different.
The wine coated my mouth like a California Chardonnay, but in a good way–smooth and velvety. It went down easy. Each sip lingered in the mouth for awhile, and I loved every minute of it.
What’s funny is I don’t remember liking it as much when we tried it more than two years ago; albeit, it was one of the last wineries we visited after a full day of tasting. And if you’ve been wine tasting, you know how that goes: the drunker you are, the more regrettable decisions you make, including wine purchases. Actually, given that fact, I’m surprised it was as good as it was.
I would drink this Gewürztraminer any time, anywhere. It’s that kind of wine, versatile; pack a bottle for your next picnic or evening at Ravinia. A girls’ BYO dinner: Done. Double done. If you buy a case of it, you’re set for the next 12 dinners. Now, I need to convince He Sips to let me buy a case…
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Note: The 2005 is no longer through the winery; however, you can purchase the 2006 Lenz Gewürztraminer directly from vineyard.