Aromas – honeysuckle, nectarine; Flavor – honeysuckle, fruit cocktail
Red Mountain Washington
This vineyard was planted in 1978 and was one of the first vineyards planted on Red Mt. Its location is basically frost free until winter actually arrives so there is always the opportunity to make a late harvest style wine. Elevation is about 800 ft. Soil is Hezel silt loam. Average rainfall on Red Mt is less than 6 inches per year and it all comes in the winter. Red Mt. only had two days of rain during the entire 2017 growing season.
A “late harvest wine” is made from grapes which were left on the vine longer than usual. Late harvest grapes are often shriveled like raisins because they are naturally dehydrated while still on the vine. The term “late harvest” is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine because the excess sugar in the grapes is usually left over in the wine after fermentation. It’s this “residual” sugar that makes the wine sweet.
Red Mountain’s 2017 harvest was a perfect year for ripening the grapes over an extended harvest season. Gewurztraminer grapes were intentionally left on the vines for several weeks longer than normal. The grapes were harvested at 26.8 brix (almost 27% sugar), pressed into juice and fermented in stainless-steel tanks at 55° to preserve the naturally fruity and floral aromas and flavors.
Grown in the Red Mountain appellation of Washington state, Gewurztraminer grapes were intentionally left on the vines past their typical harvest date to develop very high sugar content. These grapes were harvested at 26.8 brix, pressed into juice and fermented in stainless-steel tanks at 55° to preserve Gewurztraminer’s floral aromas and luscious fruit flavors.
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||January 18, 2019