Seven sweet wines to savor

By on October 13, 2013

Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Nicholas Estate Gewürztraminer, Chehalem Mountains, $24

Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Nicholas Estate GewurztraminerThe 2014 edition of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book raves about the Pinot Noir and dry Riesling coming off Anam Cara’s estate vineyard, and the renowned British writer could also mention the dessert-style Gewürz on offer at this Newberg, Ore., tasting room, too. Its nose is filled with apricot jam, poached pear, clove and honey. The same can be used to describe the fluid, where there’s a yummy thickness to the texture amid the great sweetness (22% residual sugar) and just enough balance to this typically low-acid variety. Clove and cinnamon spices in the finish makes for easy sipping and an ideal pairing with a plate of fresh fruit and cheese.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 280 cases

Alcohol: 8.4%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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