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2002 Gewürztraminer
  Cluster Select Late Harvest
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Defying all odds, the Gewürztraminer field closest to Navarro’s tasting room has produced three back to back vintages of this luscious nectar. We harvested this location four to eight weeks later than our other Gewürz vineyards. That late in the season the weather had turned cold and wet. Humidity creates perfect conditions for rot and when nature serves up cool weather as well, botrytis cinerea, affectionately known as the noble rot, dominates the more plebian molds and fungi. Botrytis cinerea spreads relentlessly through soggy clusters, especially when the berries are tight and close. If conditions are perfect, the weather remains cool but turns dry just after most of the clusters are infected. As the anointed berries dry out, the juice is slowly concentrated into this drink of the gods.

We are fussy about separating botrytis from other molds so pickers work more slowly and use needle nose sheers instead of the usual curved picking knife.
Our dam-face field is normally left hanging for late harvest but in 2003 we decided to pick this field for our dry Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer due to clear, dry October weather and an unusually light crop, There will be no 2003 Late Harvest Gewürz at Navarro, so stock up on the 2002 if you’re a fan.


The field that we set aside for this wine would normally produce 900 to 1000 cases of dry wine. In 2002 when the juice was concentrated by dehydration the amount produced was less than a quarter of normal yield but had flavors that were four times as concentrated. Gewürztraminer’s aromas are reminiscent of honeysuckle, litchi, peach, and citrus. Botrytis cinerea bestows a kiss of apricot, pineapple and honey which perhaps explains why this rot is considered noble. Navarro exports a bit of wine to Germany each year where the world’s best trockenbeerenauslese wines are produced. Guess what? This wine is Navarro’s top seller there. Gold Medal winner and Best of Class.

Specifications
Harvested: Oct 30, 2002 Sugars at harvest: 37.5° Brix
Bottled: April 8, 2003 Cases produced: 215
Alcohol: 10.2% Residual sugars: 20.0%
Titratable acidity: 10.5 g/l pH: 3.14

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