Classic aromas of lychee, orange blossom and spice leap from this dry, Alsatian-style Gewuerztraminer. Ripe, round fruit flavors of white pear, lychee, tangerine and kumquat are lifted by the bright, focused structure into a lingering spicy finish. Enjoy Gewuerztraminer as an aperitif, or pair with a wide variety of cuisine including Indian, Chinese and Thai, and the classic pairing of roast turkey and ham.
The small Gewuerztraminer block on Rhinefarm is impacted by the cooling influence of the fog from the San Pablo Bay six miles to the south. Planted in 1969 on St. George rootstock, the vines grow in topsoil that is between 18 and 30 inches deep, consisting of Huichica clay loam with occasional deposits of small stream gravel. Beneath this topsoil is a thick layer of compacted Huichica clay loam that naturally restricts vigor. The climate and soil, along with the maturity of the vines, restricts yields to an average 2.5 tons per acre, and produces structured, intensely aromatic fruit with mineral elements and substantial acidity.