The Deloach Vineyards Late Harvest Gerwurztraminer is made only in years when botryits (also known as "noble rot") al...Read more...
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This stop at DeLoach was part of a Russian River tasting trip! I haven't had a Late Harvest Gerwürztraminer (Noble Rot!) so this was interesting considering that the grape itself is already very floral and flavorful. This had a great nose like other Gerwürzt I have tasted, full of lychee notes and sweet honey suckle. This was definitely sweeter than a regular harvest but not that much. It had good minerality and had more body than other Gerwürzt with more residual sugar. For more on the tasting and other wineries during the trip, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/07/russian-river-deloach.html
The Deloach Vineyards Late Harvest Gerwurztraminer is made only in years when botryits (also known as "noble rot") allows the grapes to develop exceptionally rich fruit aromas and flavors, ensuring the luscious honeyed sweetness and balanced acidity of this truly decadent Gerwurztraminer. This wine was harvested on two days: 30 Oct 2008 & 7 Nov 2008 from Saralee’s vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Two picks allowed us to optimize fruit ripeness across the harvest. The first pick was pressed directly to tank, while the second pick was crushed to a bin to cold-soak overnight for additional extraction, then was pressed the next day to barrel, and blended with the first lot several days later for a long, cold native fermentation in a stainless steel tank, which was arrested one month later. The wine remained in the same chilled tank (on lees) for two months before racking for further settling.
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