2011 Foris Gewurztraminer Dry

Year: 2011
Appellation: Rogue Valley
Country: USA-Oregon
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The lovely, floral-scented aromas are a pure expression of the grape’s unique spice and rose petal characteristics. It’s deeply flavorful, soft, elegant and lingering, with the fruit flavor most often described as lychee. — P.G. (3/1/2013)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Foris wines are defined by the uniqueness of the Illinois Valley, home to our estate vineyards and winery. A part of the western most reaches of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation, the valley is distinctive in its alpine attributes. Having been grape growers for over thirty-eight years, we have found that Alsace white varieties are especially well suited to our microclimate. As with all great vineyards the world over, our wine style is a reflection of the nature of our vineyards. We strive for a purity of fruit and concentration of flavors that result from all of our hard work in the vineyards.

2011 vintage was one of the coolest and latest in our history and going into September it was a bit unnerving. While we always look forward to a cool growing season, this one put us to the test. We made several extra passes through the vineyards dropping excessive clusters to enhance ripening. Mother Nature smiled upon us with a warm and sunny September, giving us hope. October came through with unusually good weather and fall frosts did not arrive until well into November, a couple of weeks later than usual. In most vintages we start harvesting the last week of September. In 2011 we waited until mid October to achieve fully ripened fruit, and then it was a race to get it all before the weather turned.

With original plantings of Gewürztraminer dating back to 1974, Foris is a steward to some of the oldest Gewürztraminer vineyards in Oregon. Gewürztraminer can be a fickle grape to grow and to capture the exotic spice and perfume that is imbedded in the vibrant pink berries as it is transformed into wine. A combination of whole cluster pressing along with some lots that receive about twelve hours of skin contact allow us to extract these elusive flavors and aromas while avoiding bitterness that can be characteristic of the variety. This is especially true when producing a dry style of Gewürztraminer, for which Foris is renowned. Aromas of citrus blossom, rose petal, orange peel and a touch of nutmeg are aromatically enticing. Flavors of pineapple, nectarine, and a hint of cardamom are full bodied and richly textured yet restrained and lively. Gewürztraminer is fabulously expressive in its youth and ages surprisingly well.