The 2017 offering exudes textbook Gewurztraminer aromatics of jasmine flowers, rose oil, and stone fruits. Vanilla and nutmeg, imparted from fermentation in French oak barrels, mingle with these […]Read More
|Barrel Description||100% new|
|Barrel Aged||11 months|
The 2017 offering exudes textbook Gewurztraminer aromatics of jasmine flowers, rose oil, and stone fruits. Vanilla and nutmeg, imparted from fermentation in French oak barrels, mingle with these intoxicating aromatics to excite the senses. Beautifully balanced on the palate, the sweetness is offset by an excellent tannin structure and sound acidity. Hints of chalkiness on the finish add an additional layer of complexity in this elegant offering. Serve with a stone fruit tart or frangipane.
It was an auspicious start to the 2017 growing season with steady rain followed by dry spells which allowed for the soil profile to fill up progressively. The waterworks kicked into high gear in January at which point over 20 inches of rain had accumulated. That’s nearly double the historical average. 2017 was epic in many respects and at one point the Russian River waters touched Westside Road and the winery was waterfront property! As the waters receded and the soil dried up, temperatures moderated, and bud break ensued by mid-March. Steady rain through the vegetative cycle was balanced with days of brilliant sunshine which helped to grow green, healthy plants. The weather was very fine in May for the flowering period and ideal for the fruit set. As the season progressed there were periods of heat that occurred with some regularity. With plenty of water in the soil profile, the plants did not stress too much and physiological maturity continued at an accelerated pace. Due to the diversity in our vineyard sources, there is normally a natural spread in the pick dates. However, in 2017 there was compression of the harvest and many of the vineyards were ready in a short period of time. The process was nearly complete by the time the intense Labor Day heat wave hit and, thankfully, had concluded before the devastating wildfires in October. Through a Herculean effort in the vineyards and at the winery we were able to pick the grapes at the optimal time and preserve the freshness and acidity of the vintage. The consequent wines show a refinement to the tannin structure which will allow for early consumption but will age gracefully with mid-term cellaring. Through and through, the 2017 is an excellent vintage.
Reviews & Scores
Wine and Spirits
This late-harvest wine is more about energy than power, with assertive acidity driving its tangerine scents and luscious pineapple flavors. It's golden hued and weighty, but with persistent freshness to pair with soft white cheeses. P.J.C.
Loads of plumeria, jasmine, gunpowder, and green tea aromas show on the nose of this balanced sweet wine. The palate is luscious, with honey, pear extract and ambrosial flavors cut by bright acidity and an underlying tannic tension. M.K.