A Wine for Tonight: 2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer

By Kori ~ January 29th, 2014.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$20
  • Must be widely available

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines, including this Gewurztraminer, are made in Woodinville.

“A fan favorite, this Gewurztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewurztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice note. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little ‘bite’ to it.” –Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer (Columbia Valley, Washington): 98% Gewurztraminer, 2% Muscat. Pale straw yellow. Aromatic with honey, melon, and floral notes on the nose. More honey, melon, and floral notes as well as apple come through on the palate. Medium sweet and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual sugar: 1.6%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $11; Available elsewhere, $7 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Gewurztraminer, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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