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Jekel Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2005

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    Harvest Notes
    The 2005 growing season will long be remembered for both its bounty (near records in the abundance of wonderful fruit) and its quality. A warm winter season was quickly followed by a wet spring, which found rain falling even in mid-June. The unusual conditions affected bloom and set, leading to the inescapable belief that harvest would be light for some varietals. As grapes began to arrive in the Fall, it quickly became apparent that Bacchus had made mid-course corrections and allowed fruit to ripen slowly, fully and to complete physiological complexity. A blessing for lovers of cool climate Jekel wines.

    In this inaugural offering, we’ve hand-crafted a limited release of off-dry Gewürztraminer that complements and pays tribute to our esteemed off-dry Jekel Riesling. Distinctive lots were kept separate after fermentation in stainless, while winemakers sought unique character among the lots to layer flavors that will stand up well to foods with a bit of heat and spice. The wine is 100% varietal, and reflects the cool climate of the Central Coast and the gravely soils where young vines struggled while deepening flavors. This lively Gewürztraminer has seen no oak, and is offered at the peak of its freshness, just as we experienced the fruit on the day it arrived at the winery.

    Tasting Notes
    Exotic aromas of tangerine, peach and guava compete with the distinctive spice instantly recognizable as crowd-pleasing Gewürztraminer. Just a hint of sweetness — perfect to cut through the heavy spice of Thai or Asian cuisine — is paired with crisp acidity and a wonderful, well-balanced mouth feel. The spice lingers on the finish, inviting a continuing relationship that will leave you with a lasting impression of ripe fruit. Wonderful as an apéritif, and even better with food. Welcome to Jekel’s sense of Monterey.

    Posted by thewinery on December 1st, 2007 at 4:17pm | report comment

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