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Umpqua Valley Gewürztraminer

Umpqua Valley Gewürztraminer Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: The grape source is the Bradley Vineyard in Elkton, planted in 1983. This is a lovely wine that came from very mature aromatic fruit. The wine is fermented in tanks at 50 to 55 degrees F to preserve the fresh fruit qualities. The wine is finished with 2.5% residual sugar. It has great gewürztraminer aromas of intense tea roses, peach, leeche nut and spices. The wine pairs well with hot and spicy Asian foods, especially Thai cuisine with hot, spicy chili sauces. There is good acid in the wine, so even with this degree of residual sugar, the wine remains very much a food wine. The mouth feel is very filling and the finish is long.

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.
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 Still grown in France and in California but almost everywhere has been replaced by its much more intense and spicy offspring clone.


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