2015 Frederich Gewurztraminer
February 29, 2016
This bone dry expression of Gewürztraminer has pretty floral notes which sit on top of classic citrus aromas of grapefruit pith and lemon zest. The citrus flavors continue throughout with a nice mid-palate weight and a long, clean, crisp finish. Serve well chilled on a hot, summer day!
Our Honey B Vineyard is located in the Carneros AVA of the Napa Valley. This cool climate growing region is widely recognized for premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines which are influenced by the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean combined with summer fog, warm days, and a long, temperate growing season. We have 20.68 acres planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer. The 2014 harvest was on the early side, this year. We had substantial rain in late February and early March which helped offset another dry winter. Starting with bud break through to veraison and finally ending with harvest, everything was ahead of schedule. Our Honey B Vineyard, in Carneros, had ideal temperatures through harvest which allowed for excellent ripening and a full spectrum of flavors.
Our Gewürztraminer is whole cluster pressed over a two hour time period and then chilled to 45° to settle in tank for 2 days. The juice fermentation begins naturally with native yeasts and slowly at a cool 50° for 2 – 3 weeks. Once the brix reaches 10°, the temperature is raised to complete fermentation. The wine is then racked clean into neutral French oak barrels where it settles for 2 - 3 months prior to bottling. This is a bone dry Gewürztraminer which accounts for 20% of the tonnage crushed in Napa County.
Food Pairing Notes
Great with summer fruit salads, light, creamy cheeses or grilled shell fish.
130 cases (12 x 750ml)