Name: 2004 Lenz Gewurztraminer
Region: North Fork, New York
Price: $15.99 to $18.99
In the spirit of drinking locally, my mission this week is to try the 2004 Gewurztraminer from Lenz Winery, which is located in Peconic on the North Fork.
Founded in 1978, the Lenz Winery has some of the oldest plantings on the North Fork. The North Fork region is ideally situated for grape growing with good sunshine hours, minimal frost, adequate winter rainfall & a marine influence with water on three sides of the vineyards.
Great winemakers say that, "wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery" and Lenz abides by this approach. While they are very involved with the vineyard (through pruning and location), they have a lighter hand inside the winery and do not overly manipulate their wines. Preferring to let the terroir (Pronounced ter-wär) or earth, the natural expression of the fruit grown in this place shine through in the glass.
As a grape, Gewurztraminer has some serious range. It can be sticky sweet or bone dry, often it's hard to know which one you are getting. A dry Gewurztaminer will have notes of rose, with some thicker lychee fruit & a good spice element (think cinammon or nutmeg). I like to say wines like this hint at sweetness, slightly flirting with the idea of being sweet, without actually having any residual sugar.
Lenz Winery is reputed to produce on of the best dry Gewurztraminers in the country. I've yet to try it, so my homework for this weekend is to find a bottle and see what it's all about. Should you feel inclined to join me, let me know your thoughts.