Wine Data

Appellation:  Mendocino County

Grape Varietal:  Gewurztraminer 100%

Vineyard:  Certified Organic

Alcohol:  12.8%

pH:  3.38

TA:  5.5 g/L

Residual Sugar:  10.30 g/L

Closure:  Stelvin

Size:  750ml


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Early in our history, we grew some cooler climate varietals on our estate in the Alexander Valley.

But over the next several decades, as we developed better techniques and better understood what grapes worked best in the valley, we began looking elsewhere for a few varieties.

Gewurztraminer is a perfect example.  While 2010 will go down in history as one of the coolest growing seasons on record, even in the warm climes of the Alexander Valley, we still think Mendocino’s Potter Valley is a better place for the grape.  Like Sonoma County, harvest came late in the Potter Valley.  The grapes were slow to mature and developed thicker skins than normal.  But those traits meant more concentrated fruit and higher acidity in the wine.

The 2010 Gewurz, produced from organically farmed vineyards, shows an expressive nose of pineapple, lychee and pear and flavors of grapefruit and apple along with some minerality.  It also offers a creamy mouth feel, nicely balanced by the wine’s acidity.


2010:  92 points/ Best Buy/ Gold Medal - Beverage Tasting Institute