A sneaky ninja monkey stashed a bottle of the 2013 Braganini Reserve Traminette in Klezman's bag while he wasn't looking, so what else could we do but pop it open?
Those sneaky monkeys seem to know my taste in wine, because this hit the spot for me. On the nose, I am first reminded of moscato with a little extra oomph. Very bright and juicy, with tropical fruit, peach, and some lychee thrown in there for good measure. Just like moscato, I could swirl and smell this all afternoon.
On the palate, it's fruit and acid. This being my first Traminette, I wasn't sure what to expect. It has the features I love about Gewurtztraminer, without the extra bite. The focus is all fruit: lemon, peach, and pear are the standouts, with some notes of pineapple in the mix. The finish is nice and long, and settles into the mango notes the longer it goes.
We paired this with thai curry, and it was a nice accompaniment. It would also pair nicely with something light and citrusy, and drinks well on its own.
I tend to like the sweeter side of the sugar/acid balance, and found this wine to be on the more acidic end of preferable, while Klez predictably thinks it could use more acid. For me, this is an especially temping woot offering since I'm also a fan of rieslings...
On the whole, this is an easy-drinking, somewhat sweet but still bright, fruity white. It's not particularly complex, but it delivers a nicely balanced profile and enough body to stand up to lighter food.