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2010 Green Valley Gewurztraminer

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2010 Green Valley Gewurztraminer
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/ 750 ML bottle

Wine Specs
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Green Valley Vineyard
0.54 g/L
6 months in stainless
100% Stainless
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
All of the "challenges" of the cold and capricious 2010 vintage played perfectly to our little block of Gewürtz. While spikes of heat and rain don't bother this thick skinned grape, the cold year allowed for fantastic development of its jasmine and honeysuckle aromatics while retaining great acidity and mineral balance. Upon pouring the wine, its floral notes just jump out of the glass, along with ripe peaches and an almost graphite, mineral counterpoint. Super clean peach and mineral flow through the middle palate, balanced by an oily richness of mouthhfeel. It finishes long and bright with peach compote and summer flowers. The freshness of this wine almost makes you lose sight of its complexity, but the intricacy keeps drawing you in.
Vineyard Notes
When Steve Dutton told us in 2005 that he was going to bud 0.7 acres of the very cold Green Valley Vineyard from Pinot Noir to Gewürztraminer, we were thrilled. No varietal is more suited and less planted in the cold nooks of the Green Valley appellation than Gewürtraminer. 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. This tiny block is just enough for us to make about 150 cases a year to share a special and unique offering with our best friends.
Winemaker Notes
Our hedonistic goal in crafting this wine is to bring out the ebullient aromatics and cleansing minerality that Gewürztraminer expresses in the best sites. It has been said that aromatic varieties (like gewürtz 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. 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. We let the wine progress just a bit through malolactic fermentation for added complexity and richness, but arrest it early to maintain its lively crispness. We bottle it after only 6 months in stainless steel, and leave just a tiny touch of residual sugar to balance the acidity and phenolics central to this varietal. Gewürztraminer is all about the vineyard fruit personality, and what a charming personality it is.