2016 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer - Dessert

2016 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer - Dessert
2016 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer - Dessert



Tasting Notes: 

Extravagant notes of honey, apricot, orange marmalade and spicy rose showcase this well-balanced dessert in a glass.  While we think this wine does great on its own completing any meal, we welcome you to enjoy it as an aperitif with some Roquefort or after dinner with some warm nuts and maybe a sharp cheddar.  This wine should continue to develop in complexity and richness over the next 5-10 years.  


Winemaking Notes: 

As it generally does not get cold enough here in the Willamette Valley to freeze grapes on the vine for ice wine we make our Late Harvest Gewürztraminer the modern way by sending the fruit to a commercial freezer immediately after picking.  After freezing the berries solid we load them into our screw press, apply some pressure and start waiting for the nectar to drip out.  The press cycle takes about two days depending on ambient temperatures and in the end we concentrate the juice about 50%.  Fermentation goes very slowly in a 55gal drum, taking about two months to come into balance.  Fermentation was stopped by the use of the crossflow filter and the wine was bottled in June 2017. 


Harvest Notes: 

2016 might have been our earliest spring ever. Bud break occurred around March 20th, a full 10 days earlier than 2015.  A warm growing season without excessive heat lead to an early harvest with a minimum of issues, something every farmer hopes for.  An early harvest meant we were not dodging fall rains and could let the fruit hang on the vine until sugar, acid and flavors came into balance, something every winemaker hopes for.  


Our winery and our estate vineyard, Dunn Forest, are LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The vineyard is hand cultivated allowing us to respond to individual vine needs. 

Volume375 ml
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