2017 Dry Gewurztraminer Reserve
A total of 4.6 tons of estate grown grapes were harvested by hand on October 19, 2017. The majority of our Gewürztraminer vines are now over 40 years old. The grapes had 23 brix natural sugar, 0.55 TA and a 3.49 pH. These were destemmed and a portion of them was cold soaked. They were then pressed, inoculated with yeast and cold fermented for 18 days at 52-59 degrees. In February 2018 the wine was cold and heat stabilized then filtered and bottled on February 27th. The finished wine has 0.6 TA, a 3.29 pH, 0.05% residual sugar and 14.1% alcohol. 241 cases produced.
This vintage rivals our pinnacle vintage of Dry Gewürztraminer from 2002. It is very aromatic with aromas of pear and spicy crushed ginger dominating. The palate is rich and full with expressions of pear, ginger, white pepper and underlying notes of tropical fruit. The finish is long and lingering. This young wine is vibrant and ready to enjoy but will continue to impress into the early 2020s. Pair with summer barbecue, pork carnitas, and spicy Thai dishes.