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DAY 12

SHADES

2018 GEWÜRZTRAMINER

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

This Monterey Gewürztraminer’s personality is so bright, you gotta wear shades! Incredibly aromatic and distinctly zesty, Shades is a white wine like no other. With a name that literally translates into “spice” and “perfume," Gewürztraminer is a unique grape variety that we had to include in our calendar since we relish the opportunity to present to you something new, something exotic, something totally different!

WINE PROFILE

This gorgeous, true-to-type Gewürztraminer shows lychee, guava, and other tropical fruit with fragrant floral notes reflected on the palate. Shades Gewürztraminer is light-bodied with a crisp acidity that balances the residual sugar and invites you to take another sip. And another....

PAIRINGS

Pair Shades Gewürztraminer with:

  • Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Sweet & Sour pork stir fry

  • Coconut curry

  • Pan-seared duck breast

  • Quiche Lorraine

  • Spicy Thai soup 

TRULY CALIFORNIA

Nothing in the world comes close to the perfume and exotic character of a great Gewürztraminer. The cool-climate coastal valleys of Monterey provide the perfect setting for the ability to harvest Gewürztraminer at optimum ripeness, to preserve this unique character found in no other grape variety. 

Even more difficult to grow as it is to say, Gewürztraminer is prone to very fast maturation and the dissolution of its extraordinary perfume and vibrant acidity. We work closely with our Monterey winemaking team to ensure that each parcel is picked at optimal phenolic ripeness, and every glass of Shades Gewürztraminer is a testament to this dedication to quality.

WINE INFORMATION

APPELLATION: Monterey, California
VINTAGE: 2018
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 96% Gewürztraminer, 4% Riesling
WINEMAKING PROCESS: Proceeding slowly at very low temperatures is the only way to ensure that Gewürztraminer’s delicate aromatics aren’t burned off during the fermentation process. Shades Gewürztraminer spends its life in the cellar in temperature-controlled, closed stainless steel tanks, and the result is a fresh, crisp, and lively white wine.

ALCOHOL: 11.6%
pH: 3.47

TA: 6.6

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