2016 GEWÜRZ
Wine Data

Appellation:  Mendocino County

Grape Varietal:  Gewürztraminer 100%

Vineyard:  Certified Organic

Alcohol:  13.0%

pH:  3.65

TA: 6.6 g/L

Residual Sugar:  1.0%

Closure:  Stelvin

Size:  750ml

2016 GEWÜRZ

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Bright fruit, great balance and just the right spice!

Our 2016 Gewürz is harvested exclusively from a single small CCOF (“California Certified Organic  Farmers”) vineyard about one hour north of our home estate, located in Mendocino’s cool growing region of Potter Valley.  This rugged location is the key to the great acidity and balance in our Gewürz.  

Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years.  While the drought is far from over, we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring. Harvest started and ended early and yields were down a little, but the quality and flavor of the grapes was stellar.
 
At harvest on August 30th the grapes had intense flavors and rich concentration.  The grapes were harvested at night and at a lower brix level to maintain the acidity in this wine.  We cold fermented the juice in stainless steel tanks to preserve the crisp acidity and bright aromatics.  

Over the years our style with this wine has evolved, along with the name.   Winemaker Kevin Hall is    continuing the slightly drier style to showcase the fruit and acidity, and as a result the wine is more food friendly.  In the glass the 2016 has the classic floral, tropical aromas of grapefruit, stone fruits, pear, and  melon.  The flavors are similar to the aromas highlighted by apple, pear, grapefruit, spice and a round rich mouthfeel.  There is a nice acid balance on the finish.    

Winemaker Kevin Hall says : “This wine fools you with an enticing sweet, floral nose, but in the glass the flavors surprise you with bright fruit and acidity, there is a touch less minerality than the 2015”.

ACCOLADES:

2016: 88 points - Beverage Dynamics