2005 Firestone Gewurztraminer, Santa Ynez Valley, Carranza Mesa Vineyard ($12)

WINE FIND

September 06, 2006|By MICHAEL DRESSER

This white wine is unusually dry and Alsace-like for a California gewurztraminer, many of which run toward cloying sweetness. And there's none of the bitterness that afflicts some dry gewurztraminers. This wine from cool Santa Barbara County displays well-defined flavors of spices, peach and limes. It's an especially encouraging find at this price. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine.

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