Our 2015 Gewürztraminer displays classic lychee, jasmine and candied ginger aromatics. This is a more exotic styled vintage, likely due to low yields and warm weather. We strive for balance in making Gewürztraminer, this grape seems almost naturally prone to excesss, by crafting a wine with great balance of acid and fruit.
The 2015 vintage was the lowest yielding vintage in our thirty-five year history. The ongoing drought was only tangentially responsible for the loss of crop; as the warm, dry winter encouraged a record early February bud-break. March and early April were warm and dry, things seemed to be headed in a positive direction. In mid-April a persistent trough pared off the coast of Northern California gave us five weeks of cold, wet and windy weather that killed off the blooming flowers in the vineyards. The good news, is that quality is very, very high. The wines are immensely concentrated with tremendous intensity and life.
The Scheid Viento Vineyard is situated on a gradual east-facing slope on the western side of the Salinas Valley at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountain range. The soil is composed of well-draining, calcareous shale. The climate is cool and windy. Since our first vintage in 1984, we have been consistently impressed with the quality of Gewürztraminer we source from Monterey County.
The riper lot was pressed whole cluster; the second lot was crused on its skins and then pressed, giving this fraction almost a day of skin contact. The two lots were combined and fermented together relatively cool (<60 degrees F) for two months.