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Gewürztraminer means "spice" in German. A pink-skinned
grape variant of the Italian Traminer, it is aromatic, full bodied
and one of the easiest grapes to recognize, but most difficult to
spell. It is now internationally famous.
Our Gewürztraminer is made in a combination of German
and Alsatian styles with the alcohol lower than the Alsace style,
but dry with moderate fragrance.
Bacchus is named for the Classic God of Wine in ancient
Rome. It is a cross between a Riesling/Sylvaner hybrid with
Muller-Thurgau. It is one of Germany's most important white
grapes, high in body and character.
Bacchus has distinctive fruit fragrances and flavors, creamy,
with a hint of peach. This enhances a fine sugar and acid
Riesling has been called "aristocratic" and one of the world's
great wines with unbeatable quality. Flowers, honey, and spice
are typical descriptions of the aroma and taste of Riesling.
It has been called a wonder of a vine and a hardy vine that
preserves its identity wherever it its grown.
Our Lodi Riesling is a dry, crisp style with
subtle fragrances and taste meant to compliment food.
Here in California, German wines are generally thought of
as being sweet. However, many are actually dry or off-dry with
an acidity that leaves little or no detectable sweetness.
Our Kerner follows this latter style. Although there is some
residual sugar in this wine, the sugar-acid balance makes it
unnoticeable to many people. Many would appreciate this crisp
and fruity wine with spicy foods.
LATE HARVEST KERNER
Our German Collection wines are vinted from grape
varieties found in the vineyards of Germany. Kerner was
developed in Germany as a cross of Riesling and Trollinger
and is rare in the United States. It has Riesling-like qualities
with a hint of a leafy aroma.
This crisp and fruity wines was harvested at 25.5° Brix
and has a residual sugar of 3.2g/100ml, allowing it to be
matched with many foods. The best food-wine pairing is the
one that satisfies you.
Known is Germany as Spätburgunder, Pinot Noir has
been the traditional red wine of Germany. A small section
of our Lodi vineyard, next to the woodlands along the
Mokelumne River, has been devoted to this variety with its
medium color, hints of smoke and delicate fruit.
** Silver Medal 2008 Orange County Fair **
** Silver Medal 2008 Central California Wine Competition**
Lemberger, also known as Blaufränkish in Austria, is
a crisp, fruity wine with a hint of spice. German
literature describes the wine as "rassig", loosely translated as
racy or superior. It received limited aging in Hungarian Oak.
This variety is relatively rare in the United States and is
introduced as one of our two first red "German Collection"
Lemberger is frequently served with lighter red meats
and sauces and German food. However, you will find this
crisp wine enjoyable with any meal.
Developed in Austria, Zweigelt is a cross between
St. Laurent & Blaufrankisch. This smooth wine is known
for its dark & pleasing color, full body & good acid balance.
Zweigelt is frequently served with red meats and sauces.
But the best food-wine pairing is the one that pleases you.
** 4 Star Gold Medal - 2009 Orange County Fair **
Dornfelder was developed in 1956 by the Weinsberg
Institute to add color to German red wines. However, it has
become a leading varietal wine. The warm days and cool
nights in the Lodi Appellation allow the variety to mature to a
higher sugar level and achieve an even deeper color than in
Dornfelder is known for its dark color, flowery/fruity
nose and mellow taste. This dry wine has had a relatively short
period of aging in Hungarian oak. This variety is very
rare in the United States and is the other of our red "German
Dornfelder is frequently served with red meats and
sauces and German food. However, the best food-wine
pairing is the one that satisfies you. Enjoy!
These Dreirebe 2009 varieties were harvested
at 31.5° Brix and "cold-soaked" to draw out their
fragrances, flavors and sweetness. The resulting wine
has a residual sugar of 14.9 g/100ml and acidity
providing a pleasing sugar-acid balance accompanied
by a complex blend of fragrances and flavors. The
relatively low alcohol content is 11.7%.
Dreirebe is often enjoyed as a sipping wine or
with desserts. However, the best food-wine pairing
is the one that satisfies you. Enjoy!
SELECT LATE HARVEST KERNER
Our German Collection wines are vinted from grape
varieties found in the vineyards of Germany. Kerner is a
cross of Riesling and Trollinger and is rare in the United
States. It has Riesling-like qualities with a hint of other fruit.
This crisp, fruity wine was harvested at 39° Brix and
has a residual sugar of 18.4g/100ml. The thickness gives
it a very pleasing mouth feel. The best food-wine pairing
is with various desserts.
A note on Late Harvest Wines:
In Germany the highest level of wine, Qualitätswein mit Prädikat (quality wine with added distinction), is broken into five subcategories:
Kabinet (regular harvest)
Spätlese ( late harvest)
Auslese (selected late harvest)
Beerenauslese (berry selected late harvest)
Trockenbeerenauslese (dry berry selected late harvest)
These classifications are currently based on time of harvest and sugar levels at harvest.
Mokelumne Glen Vineyards has likewise established standards for its late harvest wines. Due to the fact that the climate in Lodi normally allows us to achieve sugar levels at harvest higher than those typically reached in Germany, the sugar levels we require for ourselves are higher than those used in Germany. They are as follows:
Late Harvest - 25.0 to 29.9° Brix
Reserve Late Harvest - 30.0 to 34.9° Brix
Selected Late Harvest - 35.0 to 39.9° Brix
Premier Late Harvest - 40.0 to 44.9° Brix
If we produce a wine with a harvest sugar level of 45.0° Brix or higher we will probably designate it as High Premier. Obviously wines with high sugar levels and classifications will be higher in price. Such wines are rarer, and costlier to produce.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR BOTTLE CLOSURES
We are currently using one of the recently developed synthetic closures rather than natural cork. Research and our own experiences indicate that this specific brand of closure provides the best protection for wine while avoiding the "taint" which can be caused by natural cork. Unfortunately for several months after bottling, these closures are difficult to reinsert into the bottle after opening them. Therefore, we suggest that you may want to use a wine stopper for bottles that are not consumed at a single meal.
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