“The Small Lot Series continues to give me the opportunity to take chances with different varieties and styles that intrigue me. Here I’ve created a dry, aromatic Gewürztraminer that is the definition of ‘dances on the palate”. Open it up!”

– Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho’s 2nd hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 3400. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Yields were small due to a 2014 November freeze, and cold weather during bud-break in April. We can certainly say that Mother Nature threw us a curveball of conditions as the growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes in June. July and August were relatively tame, before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!

Tasting Notes

The aromas are floral with a touch of apricot and honey while the flavors get more tropical with mango and nectarine.  There is a long and delicate finish to this wine that dances on the palate.

Production Notes

Grapes were picked at 21-23 brix when they had reached full maturity. Left on skins for 2-3 hours and then were pressed at low pressure for 3.5 hours. Juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel at low temperatures to preserve the fresh fruit aromas. Filtering and bottling in January.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth, Symms.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine is calling out for any combination that is sweet and salty.  Start the evening off with this wine slightly chilled along with quince paste and manchego, it will be super yummy!

Awards

Gold Medal Winner – Cascadia Wine Competition

Double Platinum – Best of the Best 2016 – Wine Press Northwest


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