Fetzer 'Valley Oaks' Gewurztraminer - $9.99

Wine Details

Price: $9.99
Producer: Fetzer Vineyards
Region: California
Varietal: Gewurztraminer
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: apple, honey, peach, spicy
  • Award Winning
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • Fans of our Fetzer Gewürztraminer won’t be disappointed with this vintage. Rich, fruity and clean aromas of orange spice join with pineapple, baked pears and hints of tell-tale cinnamon. The wine can be zesty, and flavors of clove, orange and caramelized apples come to the fore. One wine writer described our Gavurz as a “Two WoW Experience: great tasting and great energy.” I like that.
  • Fetzer vineyards was established in 1958 when Barney and Kathleen Fetzer purchased a run-down 720-acre ranch in Redwood Valley. They saw the Mendocino wine industry as a dark horse poised for a big comeback after the repeal of prohibition and went about renovating the property and planting Fetzer’s first vines. Two years later the California “wine boom” began, and by 1968 Fetzer’s first commercial vintage (2,500 cases of red table wine) was crated, shipped and sold, putting it on the map. By 1977, the Fetzer staff had grown considerably but was still little more than an extended family. The company totaled about 20 people and was producing around 30,000 cases a year. The focus at that time was primarily single vineyard Zinfandels and Cabernets from local Mendocino growers. In 1978, Fetzer branched out into Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling and built a second crushing facility on the property dedicated to white wines. As sales grew, so did Fetzer’s need to control the quality of all its grapes. This led to the purchase of Valley Oaks in 1984. The following year, Fetzer made the commitment to grow all of its grapes organically which it continues to do to this day.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tastings - 88 Details: Fruity, floral peach and wildflower honey aromas. A round entry leads to a fruity sweet medium body of ripe stone fruit and crisp apple flavors. Finishes with a long, tangy and lightly spicy mineral-accented fade. A nice choice for Thai and spicy Chinese food. 2006 Tastings apple, honey, peach, spicy
Tastings - 86 Details: This California Gewurztraminer has pear and grapefruit flavors and a lightly sweet finish with a subtle spiciness. This would be fine with most Thai foods or by itself as a summer sipper. 2005 Tastings grapefruit, pear
WineSpectator - 84 Details: A sweet and succulent style, with pretty floral and nutty aromas and creamy pear and apricot flavors. Drink now. 270,000 cases made. – 2004 WineSpectator apricot, nutty, pear
Tastings - 86 Details: Brilliant straw-yellow hue. Lanolin, geranium and earth aromas. Medium-bodied with nice weight on the palate, this has an off-dry finish with a subtle spiciness 2003 Tastings
Tastings - 82 Details: Brilliant yellow hue. Soap, lime and earth aromas. Medium-bodied, this has pleasant varietal flavors, but the finish is short and tart 2003 Tastings earth

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Pepper Cheese
Red Meat Ham, Pork w/Sauerkraut
Poultry & Eggs Chicken or Turkey, Spicy Chicken Dishes, Foie Gras
Vegetables Asparagus w/Hollandaise, Onion Tart
Fish or Shellfish Smoked Salmon
Sauces Spicy Sauce, Sweet & Sour Sauce
Poultry & Eggs Pheasant with red currant gravy

Awards and Accolades

  Name Vintage
Award Winner Under $15 - Robin Garr's Best Values 2007 2006

Wine Terms

Name Value
Gewürztraminer (geh VAIRTZ trah mee ner)—This grape makes a deep-colored, full-bodied, soft white wine with aromas and flavors of roses and lychee fruit. Classically a dry wine from France’s Alsace region, there are other excellent wines available from Germany, Austria, California, Oregon and New York.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.

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