2016 Teutonic "Red Blend" Willamette Valley Gewurztraminer/Pinot Noir

SKU #1323782

80% Gewurztraminer / 20% Pinot Noir. A beautifully aromatic nose on this blend. Floral, grassy notes, strong minerality, and a light fruity finish.

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2017 | Send Email
When I had the honor of visiting Teutonic with K&L this summer, this Red Blend was offered, and with it, a question. "What do you think this could be?" Everyone knew there was most likely Pinot Noir involved, but everyone was also floored to learn that Gewurztraminer was creating the heady floral aromatics that set this wine apart from the others. Almost dark rosé in color, this wine has incredible lift and energy, with a bright acidity balanced with a pleasantly weighty textural component. Dry and refreshing, with tantalizing minerality, this wine has a very soft tannin and is incredibly easy to drink during any occasion.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
If you are looking for the coolest wine in the store, look no further! This is incredibly unusual and super delicious blend of - get ready! - 80% Gewurztraminer and 20% Pinot Noir! Yup, you read it right. Folks from Teutonic outdone themselves this time creating unique and absolutely tasty wine. We tasted it on our recent buying trip to Oregon. Olga (one of owners) asked us to taste it blind and guess the varieties it's made with. When I smelled the wine I knew right away there has to be some Gewurztraminer. I love this variety and can detect it easily. Wine had gorgeous peach, apricot and floral aromas. But this wine is red, light in texture with charming flavors of cherries and cranberries, spicy notes with lovely freshness and pretty acidity, so it has to be Pinot Noir. I was right about both, but what I didn't know and would never guess is how large the percentage of Gewurztraminer in the blend and it was total surprise to me. I have to admit I was stunned to see how organically these two varieties married each other and definitely complemented each other. I think everybody should try this wine not only for its sheer originality but also because it's truly enjoyably wine that will stay in your memory for a long time.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.45