2011 Grüner Veltliner
Production: 200 Cases
Truly mountain grown fruit, this location produces wines of exceptional focus
and clarity. This wine is dry, backed by brilliant acidity and shows flavors and aromas of classic Gruner from the old country; wet stone, lime blossoms, lemon verbena and fresh mown hay. A perfect complement to fresh chilled shellfish and sushi, asparagus and artichokes.
Vineyard: Underwood Mountain
Appellation: Columbia Gorge
Year Planted: 2005
Harvest Date: mid October
Varietals: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Underwood Mountain Vineyard is tucked into a sheltered pocket on the south east side of a Cascade Mountain volcano. Protected from the marine rains, yet completely alpine in character, this vineyard produces wines with focused aromas and flavors, and brilliant acidity. This is the first Gruner planting in Washington state.
The fruit is hand harvested and transported to the winery in the early morning. All fruit is whole cluster pressed with press fractions kept separate. Settled overnight without the use of sulfites and then racked to older French oak barrels. Native fermentation in barrel completes in mid November. Occasional lees stirring and no malolactic fermentation contribute richness while maintaining acidity. Blended and sterile bottled in April.
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