The high humidity that remained well into the evening caused me to fancy a chilled glass, so I plucked Chateau St. Michelle Gewürztraminer 2010 from the fridge. Chateau St. Michelle is Washington State’s oldest and most acclaimed winery. It’s 15 miles from Seattle, and one of the top visitor and historic attractions in the area. Additionally, their commitment to using sustainable practices such as plant based pesticides and cover crop planting in all of the winery’s 3,500 acres has established them as a renowned pioneer and leader in sustainability. They also participate in environmentally friendly pest control research. At Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards they take it a step farther by employing “aggressive sustainability”; they have received both certification and accolades for their “Low Input Viticulture and Enology” and “Salmon Safe” Programs.
Super pale yellow, to the extent of being nearly colourless, faint aromas of lychee and fresh cut grass meandered about in my glass. Fresh summer apple and juicy pear flavours mingled with a crisp acidity in the light body. My marinated, grilled zucchini brought out a delicious honeysuckle element that otherwise had been submerged. Spicy white pepper and zesty lime notes composed the zippy finish. This is a friendly, summery glass that is best with a meal.
94% Gewürztraminer, 4% Muscat Canelli, 2% Riesling
Cellared and Bottled by Chateau St. Michelle, Woodinville
Enjoy now thru 2013