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ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 100% Gewürztraminer
• HARVESTED: October 23, 2002
• BOTTLED: February, 2003
• pH: 3.5
• TA: 0.68g / 100 mL
• ALCOHOL: 10%
• PRODUCTION: 380 cases


Vintage

After a long summer, the goal was to maintain the fruit on the vine for as long as possible in order to maximize the flavor development and sugar content. This in turn offered ideal conditions for making this sweet dessert wine.


Winemaking

The racked and clarified juice was fermented at very low temperatures for two weeks. Upon reaching the desired alcohol level, fermentation was halted. Wine was aged in stainless steel, then filtered and bottled after three months.


Winemaker Comments

The clean golden hues and light viscosity provide a visually delightful introduction to this wine that brings honey, pears and hints of quince to the nose, accompanied by a light floral backdrop. The mouth feel is simultaneously refreshing and sweet, delivering lovely honey apricot flavors which linger on the palate. The balanced wine is dominated by its smooth fruitiness and is easily enjoyed with a variety of cheeses, fruits and light desserts.