Based in Mosier, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River gorge, Analemma Wines is taking a creative approach to winemaking in the Pacific Northwest. This dry Gewürztraminer is a great example of their innovative style. Normally this varietal is sweet but there are a few producers making a dry version. And we never turn down the opportunity to try one!
Analemma Wine was started by Steven Thompson and Kris Fade in 2010 after years of making wine for others. The logo is their interpretation of the annual migratory pattern of the sun as seen from Earth. It also paying tribute to the growing season as well as the vines above ground and the roots below. These grapes were grown at Atavus Vineyard, which sits up at a 1700 feet elevation, perfect for retaining good acid levels.
In this dry Gewürztraminer, we found aromas and flavors of ripe honeydew melons sprinkled with nutmeg. With great acidity and a lush mouthfeel, this dry white wine ended with a long spicy ginger finish. We think this unusual wine would pair beautifully with a cheese plate, potato latkes or ham and leek quiche.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.