In continuing evaluation of the latest releases of Bowers Harbor Vineyards, tonight we taste the gewürztraminer 2011. I really like the grape and have always wondered why the general consumer base has struggled to fall in love. When done correctly gewürztraminer is wonderfully intriguing and powerfully flavored. Northern Michigan versions are rarely powerful but offer a delightfully aromatic delicateness that is lovely with Asian foods and as an apéritif.
2011 Bowers Harbor Vineyards Gewürztraminer , Old Mission Peninsula – Orange skin, tangerine flesh and lilies greet the nose. Pear mixed with lychee and even a little mango juice come next. The wine smells soft and lush but has a candied Meyer lemon note prickling the nose. Just enough tartness to make the wine fresh and then all the flavor follows the nose but less ripe. Orange zest, tangerine juice, lots of lilac, green pear and then the finish is lychee. Nice wine that shows the delicate side of this grape.