2003 Stony Hill Gewurztraminer

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Our 2003 Gewurztraminer is pale straw in color and the first whiff is redolent of grapefruit and lots of perfume and flowers. No one can miss the distinctive Gewurztraminer aroma, and it provoked Mike Chelini to ask, "What do pearls smell like?" No one can really describe the scent, yet it's evocative of rose petals, leading you expect a sweetness in the taste. But this wine is bone dry with a notable acid balance. Shockingly delicate now in its youth, it will begin to develop spiciness and richness within a year and promises to age for ten years or more. Hot chilis, whether Thai-inspired or from the Texas Panhandle, make the wine taste sweet and opulent.

2003 Stony Hill Gewurztraminer

Tech Details

Farming: Dry farmed Age of Vines: 15 to 45 years old
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: 100% Gewurztraminer
Grapes: Grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard Harvest Date: 9/12/2003 - 9/15/2003
Dehydration Time: 5 to 7 days in 60 gallon, old French oak barrels Fermentation Temp: 60 degrees
Aging Time: 6 months in oak Filtering: Filtered to remove yeast, to inhibit malolactic fermentation, and to make wine brilliant
Bottling Date: 3/11/2004 Total Acidity: .64%
Residual Sugar: Dry Alcohol: 11%
Aging Potential: 5 years + Production: 326 Cases
Release Date: September 2004 Price at Winery: $18.00 per bottle

Press

Pairing Notes: Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic Aioli
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