Gewurztraminer, Sonoma Valley (2013)
Gewürztraminer is often called the wine that is hard to pronounce but easy to drink. Our dry-style Gewürztraminer is luscious and crisp with fresh and fragrant aromas of rose petal, candied ginger and apricot. Rich flavors of baked pear, honey, citrus blossom and ginger combine for a delicately spicy finish.
High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.
||5 months Stainless Steel
One of the first wines that St. Francis produced in the early 1980s was a Gewürztraminer. Our winemaker Chris Louton brought it back this year after finding a source for premium, high quality fruit. Though a finicky grape to grow, Gewürztraminer does well in the Sonoma Valley where the fruit ripens to a unique coppery-gray color and develops floral, fruity and spicy characteristics. The fruit was harvested early in the morning to retain acidity and aromatics and was delivered while still cold to the winery. The grapes were pressed and the juice immediately transferred to stainless steel tanks where it was allowed to ferment slowly for 25 days at a cool
temperature of 55° allowing complex flavors and aromas to develop. The wine was aged in stainless steel for 5 months before bottling.