Maker: Black Star Farms, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA
Price: $22.50 (website)
Appearance: Pale gold.
Nose: Lychee, melon, mango.
Palate: Medium bodied. Cantaloupe, white pepper, white peach, touch of pineapple mint.
Finish: Slightly bitter tempered with tropical fruit.
Parting words: For me, the sweet spot for American Gewurz is 2-3 years, right where this one is. To me, this bottle drinks like a crisper, lighter version of an Alsatian Gewurz. That’s not better or worse, it’s just a matter of style. What they share is a commitment to bringing the spicy aspects of the grape to the fore. This wine is not afraid to embrace its Gewurz-ness. I like that approach and I love this wine. This is another big winner from Black Star Farms and another testament to the character and overall excellence of the 2012 vintage. Pairs well with the usual suspects. Arcturos 2012 Gewurztraminer is highly recommended.