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2017 Edelzwicker
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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In our summer newsletter we always introduce a new vintage of Edelzwicker but we have been reluctant to include it in most samplers that are available this time of year. Edelzwicker has some residual grape sugars and we are apprehensive about including it after so many Pre-Release members have insisted that they don't touch semi-sweet wines. Like many of our members, we drink mostly dry wines. On our last visit to an Indian restaurant in Berkeley, we instinctively ordered a bottle of dry white wine. A little later, after the hors d'oeuvres were served, we recognized our mistake and requested an additional glass of Edelzwicker to compare with the dry wine. Edelzwicker easily won with a fruit-driven character that perfectly matched the complex cuisine! The wine's modest sweetness was the perfect foil for the spicy heat while the high natural acidity cleansed the palate, resulting in a refreshing rather than cloying effect.

Rebecca [right], harvest intern in 2017, was in charge of monitoring fermentations as well as doing most of Navarro's laboratory work. After harvest, she was off to New Zealand to help with their grape harvest and will hopefully be back to Navarro for the upcoming 2018 harvest.
Alfredo [below] shoveling Gewürztraminer skins out of an insulated, stainless-steel tank. We destemmed the grapes into this refrigerated tank and let the juice cold-macerate with the skins to increase aromatics. After six hours the juice was pumped out; then Alfredo shoveled the skins and seeds into a picking bin to be dumped into the press.

Chastened, we returned home and added additional Edelzwicker to our basement wine cellar. There are four noble (edel) white varieties in Alsace and they are frequently blended with good effect: Gewürztraminer inserts a core of tropical fruit, Riesling provides a backbone of taut acidity, Pinot Gris contributes broadness to the mouthfeel and a dollop of Muscat adds enticing aromas. Try a bottle or two of Edelzwicker with a spicy meal like shrimp curry at home and please don't be embarrassed if you prefer the match to a dry wine. Boasting a juicy bouquet of pineapple, mango and citrus, this one works well poolside or while cooking dinner too. Gold Medal winner.

Harvested: Sept. 4 to Oct. 6, 2017 Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
Bottled: May 2, 2018 Cases produced: 906
Alcohol: 12.8% Residual sugars: 1.7%
Titratable acidity: 8.2 g/L pH: 3.27

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