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Compagni Portis Vineyard Gewürztraminer

Compagni Portis Vineyard Gewürztraminer Wine Details

Description: The wine, although distinctly characteristic of Gewürztraminer, is more subtle and austere than one might expect from this grape. Aromas of tropical fruits, rose blossoms, and apricot fruit dominate with a subtle background of spicy Gewürztraminer aromas. The palate has plenty of tropical fruit flavors with a lingering spicy finish. The acidity is firm but not overpowering and there is the slightest hint of sweetness on the finish. Perfect hot-weather wine - serve well chilled.

Varietal Definition
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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