Riveraerie Gewurtztraminer 2006 Front Label
Riveraerie Gewurtztraminer 2006 Front Label

Riveraerie Gewurtztraminer 2006

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Our RiverAerie Gewürztraminer is from the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes region of the Columbia Valley. We prefer this vineyard for many of our white wines because cool nighttime temperatures help to preserve the natural acidity in the grapes and because high limestone content in the soil imparts a slight mineral quality to the wines. The Gewürztraminer is bottled within six months of harvest to capture the ester aromas and fresh fruit flavors. We try to minimize the impact of the winemaker on the RiverAerie white wines, so the natural varietal characteristics can predominate.

Juniper berry, apricot, and cantaloupe aromas; bright but rich entry on the palate; grapefruit pith and coriander seed flavors on the mid-palate, crisp acidity.

"Beautifully aromatic, with rose petal accents to the classic lychee, grapefruit and pear aromas and flavors, finishing almost completely dry and with impressive refinement. Drink now through 2012. 300 cases made." 90 Points
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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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