2008 Eisrébe

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Varietal
Scheurebe
Blend and Grape Sources
100% Scheurebe from our home ranch in Spring Valley outside of St. Helena.
Winemaker Notes
Grapes were harvested September 12, 2008 at an average 23.9° Brix, then frozen to minus 5°F and subsequently pressed, after which the sugar content of the juice measured 35.0° Brix. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks to 21% residual sugar and 8.0 % alcohol and bottled in December, 2008.

The estate-grown 2008 Scheurebe has delicate aromas of ripe peach and apricot followed by a rich and unctuous texture integrated with well-balanced, bright acidity and a persistent finish.
Vintage Notes
The 2008 Scheurebe growing season began with budbreak in the first week of April. During this time we experienced a record-setting cold spell which lasted nearly a month and threatened frost damage each night. Fortunately we did not experience any problems in the Scheurebe blocks. By the first week of August, veraison was almost complete, and fairly consistent summer temperatures allowed even ripering within the clusters.

Our newest block of Scheurebe, planted in 2004, is already showing exceptional quality and is a wonderful complement to the older block planted ind 1992, which for many years was our sole Scheurebe vineyard.
Background
In 1994, the desire to produce an "ice wine," or Eiswein, as it is called in Germany, prompted us to adopt an innovative program whereby Scheurebe grapes would be picked in the late season and then commercially frozen, thus concentrating their already-high sugar levels. We called the wine "Eisrébe"
Wine Notes (PDF)