Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurz 2014
This is the only varietal in which I have ever smelled gardenia, Billy Holiday’s favorite flower. In fact, the bouquet of Gewurztaminer is as exotic as Lady Day herself; rose petal, honeysuckle, white pepper, sometimes petrol and, most unmistakably, lychee. The flavours mimic the nose some, especially the white pepper and lychee, but include mango and peach.
Perfect with spicy Asian, Korean, Szechuan & Indian cuisines or try with cured hams & charcuterie that have a little saltiness. For a cheese course pair with washed rind Munster; for desserts a pear tart or apple crumble.