2014 Hogue Gewurztraminer
During the grape growing season, Eastern Washington boasts warm summer days followed by cool nights, ensuring that grapes ripen fully while retaining ample natural acidity. “Gewürz” means “spice” in German. True to its name, our Gewürztraminer offers up varietal spiciness, along with intense aromas and flavors of lychee, tangerine, orange, peach, melon, apple, honey, and cream. It has an excellent balance of sweet, rich fruit and crisp acidity, along with a slight minerality. Restrained and off-dry, our Gewürztraminer is excellent with Southeast Asian dishes. Serve with Thai coconut milk curries or pork skewers with a peanut-ginger dipping sauce. It also pairs well with sausages and sauerbraten.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2014 was another very warm growing season in Eastern Washington. The grapevines budded and began ripening very early which led to a very early harvest of fully ripened fruit. Hogue’s Gewürztraminer comes from deep-soil Yakima Valley sites. These sites generally harvest mid-season and an early variety like Gewürztraminer benefits from the additional hang time. The Gewürztraminer was grown on gently sloping vineyards where low vigor and deep, well-drained soils produce smaller berries with concentrated flavors. We selected fruit from vineyards that, year after year, produce outstanding Gewürztraminer, including Art DenHoed, Hogue Ranch, Flying M, Andrews & Rowell, and CJ Farms.
Gewürztraminer is at its best when the grapes are fully mature to develop the spicy, fruity flavors that make this varietal so unique. A slow, cold fermentation helped to preserve the fruitiness. We ferment all our Gewürztraminer in stainless steel at temperatures ranging from 48°–57°F. To maintain the fruit focus, the wine goes directly from stainless steel tank to bottle.
Harvest Dates: September 11–October 2, 2014
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Varietal Percentages: 99% Gewürztraminer, 1% Muscat Canelli
Brix at Harvest: 23.2°
Residual Sugar: 12.2g/L
Case Production: 3,217 cases