Category Archives: Taste – White Wines

OH, IF WE COULD ALL ONLY AGE THIS GRACEFULLY!
Here at Madroña, we taste our way through hundreds of different wines every year. Needless to say in the over 30 years we’ve been making Madroña wines, we’ve tasted more wines than we can count. Truly, one of the great aspects of my job is getting to taste the wines we have made over the years. In each wine, live memories of a particular harvest year that recall friends and family, food and wine, and lots of hard work. So here I sit, with glasses spread out in front of me experiencing the wines – and that harvest – once again. My dilemma is always which wine to highlight.

2004 Gewurztraminer (February 2010)

February 2010 – More complex, spices in the nose along with tropical sweetness, honeysuckle, and botrytis.  Unctuous palate, fresh lusciousness, custard, pineapple, apple.  Hint of bitterness on finish. Drink now or age 1-2 years.

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2003 Gewurztraminer (March 2010)

March 2010 – Intense lyche tropical perfume, great palate, rich with honey characters, classic Alsatian characters.  Drink or age for 2-4 more years.

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2002 Gewurztraminer (February 2010)

February 2010 – Citrus orange zest in nose.  Nice palate, luscious, nice fruit.  Drink now or hold.

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1999 Gewurztraminer (February 2010)

February 2010 – Apple cider fruit, some light floral notes.  Great richness on the palate, fresher with hint of diesel, a light bit of bitterness.  Drink now or hold 1-2 years.

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1994 Gewurztraminer (February 2010)

February 2010 – slight diesel, floral perfume, incense.  Leaner palate, good and elegant, still alive, more diesel on the palate rather than fresh fruit due to age.  Drink now.

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2005 Melange (March 2010)

March 2010 – Honey and melon in the nose, great texture, rich with mango fruit and caramel.  Aging wonderfully.  Drink or age 1-3 years.

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2003 Melange (March 2010)

March 2010 – Apple fruit and cardamon spice, apricot with great texture.  Sweep pineapple and peach.  Age 3-5 years.

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