Tercero Wines’ 2012 “Outlier”
This is a gewürztraminer, but not in the traditional sense: This vintage contains just .3 percent residual sugar. The result is a palate rich with crushed, ripe pink grapefruit and a hint of apricot.
Winemaker Larry Schaffer sourced the gewürztraminer for his 2012 from Alisos Vineyard.
Disclaimer: I work for Schaffer in his Los Olivos tasting room, but all that’s relevant here is the truth: I consume quite a bit of Outlier.
It’s one I fondly call “the sleeper” wine: Before people taste it, I describe it only as “a dry gewürztraminer.” Once it hits a taster’s palate, his or her eyes light up as they comprehend the fusion of sweet and tart.
Production: 95 cases. Released June 1. Los Olivos tasting room. Retail: $22. www.tercerowines.com