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Unwooded "Kunde Ranch Vineyard" Gewurztraminer

Unwooded "Kunde Ranch Vineyard" Gewurztraminer Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Classic Alsatian-style dry Gewurztraminer. We took the beautiful fruit from our friends at the Kunde Ranch and put the juice immediately into stainless steel tanks where it fermented and aged. This wine turned out bone dry and offers a near exotic experience headlined with honeysuckle, orange blossom, sweet spice and ripe stone fruit aromas. The flavors dance off a crisp, bright structure and are memorable for their ripe apricot, peach, spice and floral qualities. A beautiful wine to pair with fruit salad, barbecued sausages, onion tart or to serve as an aperitif.

Varietal Definition
Parent grape of the popular Gewurztraminer clone. Still grown in France and in California but almost everywhere has been replaced by its much more intense and spicy offspring clone.
Cultivated for over a thousand years, this white-wine grape (sometimes referred to simply as Traminer) is thought to have originated in the village of Tramin (or Temeno) in Italy’s Alto Adige region. Gewürztraminer grapes are planted in Alsace, a French region between Germany and France that specializes in excellent dry Gerwürztraminer wines. They’re also cultivated in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine. Because they perform better in cooler climates, Gewürztraminer grapes have not done well in many of California’s warmer growing regions. However, they thrive in cooler California areas such as Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Monterey County, as well as in parts of Oregon and Washington. The German word ‘gewürz’ means ‘spiced,’ and these wines are known for their crisp, spicy attributes. They’re highly fragrant, with flavor characteristics of litchis, roses, and spices such as cloves and nutmeg. Gewürztraminer wines are available in varying degrees of sweetness -- dry, medium-sweet, and late harvest. Because of the grape’s pinkish (sometimes yellow) pigment, Gewürztraminer wines are some of the more deeply colored of the whites, many have gold or peach tones. The distinctive color and aroma of these wines make them easily recognizable by those familiar with this varietal wine.


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