Traminette is a white-wine grape that is a cross of Joannes Seyve 23.416 and Gewürztraminer that was developed at Cornell University and first released in 1996. In the glass Traminette typically shows as light-green grass and it is floral on the nose. This grape has high acidity and, while it is grown in Missouri, it might do even better in a warmer climate like California.
We found two examples of Traminette in Missouri that we really liked but that were quite different, making it difficult to declare one better than another. So, we feature them both:
This wine is golden in the glass and floral on the nose. It has a balanced citrus acidity and is slightly sweet and buttery/okay on the finish. This is a great wine to drink if you are sitting outside with friends for brunch on a sunny day. If we saw this glass on the menu at a restaurant we would order it. If you prefer Chardonnay over Sauvignon Blanc then this is your Traminette.
This wine was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and uses a screw cap, which is different from Eagles’ Landing, which uses a cork. The wine is much lighter in appearance and on the nose it is floral with peaches and spice. The mouth feel is slightly effervescent and we detect notes of lime and black pepper. If you like a Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend you would really like this.