Blasted Church 2009 Hatfield’s Fuse

I’ve enjoyed the last couple of vintages of this blend, which this year (PDF) is 53.5% Gewürztraminer, 17.1% Optima, 14.2% Pinot Blanc, 8.2% Chardonnany, 4.0% Ehrenfelser, 1.5% Pinot Gris, 1.0% Riesling, and 0.5% Sauvignon Blanc.

Pale-ish silver appearance with, pineapple, apple, and floral qualities on the nose. Medium body with nice acidity balancing complex tropical and Okanagan fruit and, as the winemaker notes, an appealing spicy finish, ever so slightly off dry. 13.3% alcohol; under $20 from BC Liquor. This has become a nice consistent product; I recommend it for summer drinking. I’m pairing it with the Seitan Medallions in Mixed-Mushrooom Gravy from Vegan Soul Kitchen. See Blasted Church Vineyards.

Dirty Laundry 2009 Woo Woo Vines Gewürztraminer

I tried their Madam’s Vines Gewürztraminer a couple of months back and liked it; had another bottle yesterday to compare with this. Woo Woo (I’d like to know the stories behind these names) is slightly less expensive at $21.70. Pale green-gold with a light rose-apple nose. A bit more subtle and muted than the Madam’s Vines; medium body with crisp acidity, slightly off dry, and smooth perfume, melon, and honey notes. 13.5% alcohol. See Dirty Laundry Vineyard.

Pfaffenheim 2007 Gewürztraminer

Medium lemon green appearance; nice floral-spice nose with an obvious sweetness. Medium-dry with good strong acidity and body. Nicely balanced fruity-floral perfumed quality on the palate; long finish with a hint of petrol. 13.5% alcohol. Recommended. $24.10 at Crosstown.

Dirty Laundry 2009 Madam’s Vines Gewürztraminer

I enjoyed their 2008 Riesling, and a clerk at Crosstown said this one is hard to find.

Clear pale lemon green with a light floral-citrus nose. Medium-dry with low-medium acidity and good body. Pronounced floral, grapefruit, and nutmeg notes; a quite distinctive and enjoyable flavour. Medium length. 13.2% alcohol. As with their Riesling, I really like this; recommended. $24.10. Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Summerland, BC.