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2003 Gewurztraminer, San Benito County, Select Late Harvest
2001 Gewurztraminer, San Benito County, Select Late Harvest

  Located just north of the Salinas Valley, Pebble Ridge is a hillside vineyard with a southwest exposure. Planted in the mid-1990's, the vineyard sometimes has optimum conditions for development of Botrytis cinerea, the "noble rot" that concentrates sugars, acids, aromas and flavors and enables us to produce remarkable late harvest wines

The grapes, approximately 10% Botrytis-affected, were given 24 hours of cold skin contact before pressing. After a long, slow fermentation at 50°F, the fermentation was stopped. The wine finished at 9.8% of residual sugar and 11.9% alcohol. When the wine was settled and clarified, it was bottled.

Tasting Notes
This Gewurztraminer is floral and nectary. Spice and litchi aromas follow on the nose. Exotic and tropical flavor fill out the palate in addition to apricot and a lush, ripe finish.

1,000 cases (375 ml bottles) produced.
Alcohol content, 11.9% by volume.