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Was my Gewurztraminer off?

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Was my Gewurztraminer off?

Antithesisofpop | May 3, 2010 11:57 PM

I have somewhat limited wine experience. For the past 3 years I have been sampling different varietals and regions in the $10-20/bottle range (6-10/glass when out on the town), with the occasional nicer bottle thrown in the mix. I live in a small-ish Kansas town of about 40,000, so selection here isn't particularly great anyways.

A couple of months ago I noticed that my favorite liquor store (the only one with decent wine selection) had a Reisling and a Gewurztraminer by Concha y Torro Casillero del Diablo (this is CyT's "mid level" label). I had never had any South American whites, so I purchased them both. The Reisling was fine. The Gewurztraminer, however, was very dry, almost like an off-tasting Sauvignon Blanc. It was drier than any early harvest Reisling I've had.

In my experiences with Gewurztraminers at home and in restaurants, I have come to expect a sweet to very sweet white. I have never had a dry Gewurztraminer. Are there "dry" or "early harvest" Gewurztraminers? Is it acceptable/typical for a Gewurztraminer to be that dry? Or should I just chalk it up to the hazards of buying cheap South American produced German varietals?

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