Wine Data

Appellation:  Mendocino County

Grape Varietal:  Gewürztraminer 100% 

Vineyard:  Certified Organic

Alcohol:  13.0% 

pH:  3.59      

TA:  5.4 g/L      

Residual Sugar:  6.44 g/L

Closure:  Stlevin

Size:  750ml


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Our Gewürz is produced from 100% organically grown grapes.

The single small CCOF (“California Certified Organic  Farmers”) vineyard is 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.

The drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion.  A cool spring and hot July along with the continued effects from the ongoing drought contributed to drastically lower yields  and one of our earliest harvest dates for the Gewürztraminer.  At harvest on September 1st 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 mineral qualities of the grape, and as a result the wine is more food friendly.  In the glass the 2015 has the classic floral, tropical aromas of grapefruit, stone fruits, pear, and  minerals.  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 the  sweet nose, but in the glass the flavors surprise you with minerality and bright acidity”.