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2018 Green Valley Gewurztraminer

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2018 Green Valley Gewurztraminer
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Wine Specs
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Dutton Ranch - Green Valley Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 4, 2018
6.5 g/L
100% Stainless Fermentation
Bottling Date
February 2019
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Smelling our Gewurztraminer is like stepping through a field of spring blossoms, where jasmine flows into gardenia, that gives way to honeysuckle and lemon blossoms. This whirlwind of floral delights is balanced by grapefruit zest and honeyed citrus in the nose, with a bit of creamy mango filling in the low notes. The mouth is creamy and broad on entry, spreading across your mouth with pineapple and kiwi tropical notes, lifted by bright pink grapefruit. A zesty kiss of spicy dried ginger caps the wine with an exuberant finish.
93, Anthony Dias Blue. 91, Wine Enthusiast. 90, Connoisseaurs Guide. 90,
Vineyard Notes
When Steve Dutton told us in 2005 that he was going to graft 0.7 acres of the very cold Green Valley Vineyard from Pinot Noir to Gewurztraminer, we were thrilled. No varietal is more suited and less planted in the cold nooks of the Green Valley appellation than Gewurztraminer. This varietal shines when it ripens slowly to attain the enticing floral aromatics denoted by an even pink color at harvest. With its super thick skins, it easily weathers difficult times of heat and rain, but requires our long season to give us the ethereal aromatics and juicy freshness that we love in it. The Green Valley Vineyard, situated just along the cold east bank of Atascadero Creek, is a perfect site for this grape. Gewurztraminer literally means "spice Traminer", and it's obvious why when you put your nose in a glass of this offering.
Winemaker Notes
Our hedonistic goal in crafting this wine is to bring out the ebullient aromatics and cleansing minerality that Gewurztraminer expresses in the best sites. It has been said that aromatic varieties (like Gewurztraminer and Riesling) show site more than any other, and this offering might be an argument for that position. To this end, we ferment the wine in stainless steel at a cool 50 degrees F and bottle after in the early spring after harvest. This retains the fresh esters of fermentation and the central core of fruit. We also employ an Alsatian yeast strain that enhances the floral aromatics that are the varietal signature of this wine. Gewurztraminer is all about the vineyard fruit personality, and what a charming personality it is.
Food Pairing Notes
The combination of freshness with just the right amount of creaminess makes it a great match for slightly spicy Asian fare that matches the texture, like pumpkin curry or a shrimp bruschetta. It’s also great with nearly any sushi combination, but we’re especially partial to it with a spicy tuna hand roll or scallop with a dollop of spicy mayonnaise. You’ll find cheese pairings equally as versatile, with goat Gouda, Parmesan, and others with a salty bite making an especially nice match.
266 cases