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Joel Gott Washington Grüner Veltliner 2018
Our 2018 Grüner Veltliner is crisp and bright with juicy notes of tart Fuji apple. The palate opens with aromas of key lime, freshly cut lemon peel, white pepper and pear blossoms. Ripe fruit flavors and well-balanced acidity on the mid-palate are followed by a hint of sweetness, balanced by tropical undertones, and a refreshing finish.
The fruit for this Grüner Veltliner was selected from Pearblossom Vineyard in Underwood, Washington—the westernmost vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA. Here, winds from Mt. Hood contribute to significant diurnal temperature shifts, which in turn yield fruit that ripens slowly and retains bright acidity. The result is a balanced wine that shows vibrance and freshness with threads of tropicality.
The 2018 growing season in Columbia Gorge was a warm vintage starting out with a temperate
winter and spring which resulted in a slightly later than usual bud break. Warm summer temperatures followed by a cooler fall allowed for the fruit to have an extended hang time. These
conditions allowed the fruit to ripen evenly at a steady pace, making for a well-balanced wine.
The fruit for our Grüner Veltliner was hand-harvested and 100% whole cluster pressed. The wine underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate aromatics and crisp acidity of the grapes.