I can have problems tasting wine sometimes. It’s always with a similar style of wine – aromatic wines. I am particularly weak around Rieslings and Gewurztraminers but Ortegas, Siegerrebes, Bacchuses, and Ehrenfelsers are also in that category too. I just love how uniquely scented they are. When it’s done right, there is a lot of complex aromas to pick up on and I have been known to take up to 15 minutes just smelling a wine before even taking the first sip.
It is with this attitude that I approached the Arrowleaf Gew├╝rztraminer 2010. It had a great nose of flowers and perfume with a hint of Fruit Loops. (Honestly, the repertoire of proper aromatic descriptors is seriously lacking in our culture.)
The palate was slightly off-dry with a little acidity to keep it from getting flabby. Flavours were the same as on the nose – more flowers and perfumey and then… It was like it had stopped in mid-sentence. The wine disappeared. I took another sip and tasted the lovely flavours again and then it was gone. The finish was annoyingly quick. The nose of this wine was writing cheques that the palate couldn’t cash.
Still when it was there, it was beautiful and reminded me of my love of Gew├╝rztraminer from BC.
Cheers from wine country!