Wagner “Semi Dry” Gewurztraminer 2016: $14 Fair

The Wagner Vineyards “Semi Dry” Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $14 [Fair] is not lacking substance, but harsh aromas and flavors greatly diminish its appeal.  Food is a must with this wine.

Medium straw in color, the aromas show lots of raw acidity as well as scents of pear, grapefruit, lychee and earth.  It is not a very appealing nose.  Medium bodied, medium dry, with unpleasantly high acidity and a tough mouth feel, balance is off kilter.  Flavors of pear, lychee, grapefruit, bitter citrus zest and earth have some substance, but are overwhelmed by the harsh acidity.  The finish is challengingly tart (may set your teeth on edge) with good length.  November 2017


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