2014 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer
When Steve Dutton told us in 2005 that he was going to graft 0.7 acres of the very cold Green Valley Vineyard from Pinot Noir to Gewürztraminer, we were thrilled. No varietal is more suited and less planted in the cold nooks of the Green Valley appellation than Gewürztraminer. This varietal shines when it ripens slowly to attain the enticing floral aromatics denoted by an even pink color at harvest. With its super thick skins, it easily weathers difficult times of heat and rain, but requires our long season to give us the ethereal aromatics and juicy freshness that we love in it. The Green Valley Vineyard, situated just along the cold east bank of Atascadero Creek, is a perfect site for this grape. Gewürztraminer literally means “spice Traminer”, and it’s obvious why when you put your nose in a glass of this offering. 2014 was another spectacular year for Russian River Valley, with early budbreak and veraison, and moderate weather all summer through harvest. Although it was our third drought year, the late winter and early April rains gave us all the water the vines needed to get through the season. Without any heat spikes to dictate our picking decisions, we were able to pick when the fruit was at its peak of flavors, rich and ripe. The wines have a particular density this vintage that we love. The amazingly intense aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, grapefruit and young pineapple that lead our Green Valley Vineyard Gewürztraminer make you want to jump into the glass so you can soak it all up. The flavors manage to be creamy and zesty at the same time, like key lime pie, but with an added lift of spicy lilac and spring garden flowers. This wine would be wonderful with a Thai lemongrass noodle soup (Dan’s current obsession), soft cheeses (we love the Bellwether Carmody or Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog with it), or any creamy seafood dishes. 262 cases produced.
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