This wine, like a classic example of Gewürztraminer, has a viscous mouthfeel and a fragrant white floral aroma with an undercurrent of warm spice.
Variety: 100% Gewürztraminer
Vineyard: Oak Ridge Vineyard
Location: Columbia Gorge, Washington
This wine has a seriousness and confidence in the nose. Hints of white roses and gardenias, yet with an exotic mysteriousness of roasted ginger, nutmeg and cumin. Incredible interesting and complex nose. The mouthfeel backs up the aromatic descriptors with even more power and confidence. Like a beautifully classic and complex perfume, filling the mouth with flowers, exotic spices and ripe fruits, kumquat and apricots. It has the classic girth and viscosity of Gewürztraminer, but it remains elegant and light on its feet, with wonderful balance and a fresh lift on the finish.
Grapes were whole cluster pressed. The juice was allowed to settle for a day or two before being racked off the gross lees and into a small stainless steel fermentation tank. After fermentation, the wine was gently moved off the lees and fined for clarity before a final filtration prior to bottling.
Oak Ridge vineyard is situated on the eastern slopes of the White Salmon Valley in the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side at 1400 feet, this southern facing, sustainably farmed vineyard was planted in 1984 in wind-blown loess soil.