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H Party Gewürztraminer 2018

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Each year at the winery, we hold an annual party in the oak grove called the H-Block
Party. The oak grove is a favorite location of our viticulture team. When you grow
grapes, they become sort of like your children. So, the vines in H-Block are named after the staff’s nearest and dearest, their own sons and daughters. As a tribute to family, the team crafted a special wine inspired by the annual celebration.

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

The Russian River Valley offers the perfect climate for varietals, like Gewürztraminer,
which benefit from diurnal conditions. Fog rolls off the Pacific Ocean each afternoon
and cools the temperature in the vineyard down as much as 35-40 degrees each evening. This differential allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

There aren’t a lot of wineries in Sonoma that grow Gewürztraminer, though it’s a much-revered wine in the Alsace region of France. The varietal is extremely floral and aromatic, and tends to have a spicy quality about it, which is why we fermented in stainless steel to preserve the fragrance. At its best, Gewürztraminer has rich, voluptuous body that is offset by a good degree of crisp natural acidity. Though we have very little of this wine available, our staff loved the fruit and wanted to share it with guests since it’s so special and unique, pairing beautifully with smoked meats and spicy Asian cuisine.

TASTING NOTES

The bright fragrance of our 2018 H Party Gewürztraminer bursts from the glass, offering aromas of lychee, pineapple, honeysuckle, and ginger. With a full, round palate, flavors of citrus fruits, peaches, cloves, minerals, and smoke emerge. You’ll find good concentration in the fruit, but also a zesty acidity to create an elegant, well-balanced wine.

Barrel Regimen: Stainless Steel

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Gewürztraminer 

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