Named in honor of the Wagoner daughters, the Icicle Ridge Winery The Blondes Gewürztraminer is a summer time staple at our house. The 2009 vintage is very pale in color, much like a blonde – summer bleached by the sun. The nose is a fragrant bouquet of Bartlett pear, green apple, honeysuckle and a whiff of lychee. The fruity sweetness of the nose might fool you into thinking that this is going to be “one of those” sweet wines, but one sip will convince you other wise. This is a wine that go from a simple summer sipper to a wine that can elevate a gourmet meal with ease.
The Icicle Ridge Gewürztraminer is not as spicy as some, fruit over spice in this wine but it still shows complexity in its flavor profile. The palate is resplendent with layers of tropical fruit balanced with crisp Kaffir lime. That bit of sweetness from the tropical fruit flavors, paired with bracing acidity, makes this a refreshing sipper on a hot summer day. We had the pleasure of enjoying this wine on the grounds of Icicle Ridge Winery during a Jonathan Kingham concert this weekend. Great music, sunshine, a cool breeze and a bottle of The Blondes Gewürztraminer is a remarkable way to spend a summer evening.
This Gewürztraminer is an exceptional wine for pairing. Although we this was our first bottle of this vintage, we have had many a delightful dinner with previous vintages of this Washington wine on our table. We particularly enjoy this wine with seafood and spicy dishes. The 08 vintage was great with curried scallop citrus salad for Ed’s birthday. It also is great with that spicy Asian noodle salad that you can pick up at most delis. Pick up some noodle salad and a bottle of the The Blondes for a quick no-cook dinner on your deck or patio.