Clendenen Family Vineyards (Au Bon Climat) Gewurztraminer 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: We called it an extremely nice California Gewürztraminer.

Producer/Winery: Jim, Isabelle and Knox Clendenen; Clendenen Family Vineyards; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Gewürztraminer.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Santa Maria Valley; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $18.00 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Au Bon Climat tasting room, Santa Barbara, California.

Paired With: Pork loin with Chinese BBQ sauce, refried rice and roasted cabbage steaks.


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, wheat straw color. Honeysuckle, rose floral and slight petrol aromas. Silky smooth, fresh and very, very slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body and a 200-grit texture. Guava, a little mango and even less ginger spice flavors. Lots of acidity and a long captivating finish that ends with fresh guava, lemon and a touch of petroleum taste. Nice lean Gewürztraminer that should please a wide audience. Quite different from the Old World Gewürztraminer we usually drink. It’s not so in-your-face with floral aromas or lychee flavors and was drier with more acidic freshness. Excellent with the food and equally good as a sipping wine. We called it an extremely nice California Gewürztraminer.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 57835 00327 6

Imported by: Not applicable.