Claiborne & Churchill 2006 Central Coast Dry Gewürztraminer "Alsatian Style" ($15.99)
Clear light gold. Pleasant, fresh grapefruit aroma. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, it's fully dry, with citric grapefruit flavors and zippy acidity, just a hint of peach-pit bitterness in the finish. Its 13.4% alcohol is well within reasonable range. Billed as "Alsatian style," it certainly tips its chapeau in the general direction of Alsace, but it's balanced and elegant, not a steroidally enhanced points-chaser. US Importer: ()

FOOD MATCH: Balance and a degree of elegance make this more food-friendly than many Gewurz. It was a joy with simply sauteed boneless chicken breasts with a quick pan sauce of cream and grainy mustard.



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