Foris Gewürztraminer 2019

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Tasting Notes

Elements of beeswax, lemon peel and lychee fruit combine with flowers, lime, honeysuckle and garden blossoms on the nose.  It is medium-plus in body, round and focused. Very spicy in the Gewurztraminer sense; however, it does not show any sweetness, just well ripened fruit of apple and tropical citrus, along with flowers.  Shows complexity in an unobtrusive way. It has refreshing acidity, but it still mouth-filling and complete with good weight on the palate.

About the Wine

“Foris” is Latin for “out of doors”. This vineyard is nestled in the Illinois River valley surrounded by the lush, fir-covered Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon. This valley is the most westerly and coolest of this region in Oregon with nearly 60 inches of annual rainfall. Foris Vineyards was funded in 1974 and it is family-owned and family-managed. A part of the western most reaches of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation, the valley is distinctive in its alpine attributes.

Owner and viticulturist Ted Gerber operates the 80-acre ranch with 20 acres of vines. Although Foris has employed individual winemakers over the years, the current style is more old-world, some might say old-fashioned. Foris lends itself to making wines of consistent quality and great value. A coterie of dedicated individuals, each with their unique skills and knowledge, work together throughout the winemaking process - from planting to pruning, harvest to crush, fermentation to market. Everybody partakes in the process.

Foris has 3 vineyards with Gewurztraminer planted. However, all the grapes used to make this wine came from the Gerber Vineyard, planted in 1974. Here the Gewurztraminer grapes are grown on a widely planted double curtain trellis on a cool site which never needs irrigation.

Delicate whole cluster pressing and brief skin contact in some lots is used to extract the flavor, perfume and spice without the bitterness. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel at cool temperatures. Later on the wine spends 5 months in sur-lie ageing (on the yeast lees) to add more body to this unctuous wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Cheese, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Shellfish, Spicy Food, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese

Oregon , Rogue Valley
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$17.50 each