It’s Day 4 of the 12 Days of Wine 2020 and we are onto another style and color of wine!
This time the wine leans orange, due to the skin contact on this white grape!
Bradley Vineyards 2018 Skin contact Gewürztraminer, Elkton
Tyler Bradley makes it by leaving the Gewurtztaminer grapes on their skins for 1 week and aging it in neutral oak. 2018 had them celebrating the 35 leaf in their vineyard. Vineyard years are counting in the number of years the vine has leafed out. So, it’s a growers way of saying the vineyard has been around for 35 years.
What does it taste like?
This wine has a fun floral funk on the nose but is clean on the palate. Dry without being tart, it might make you think of a craft beer. But the first thing you get on the nose is classic Gewurtztraminer with rose and lychee, then there is a bit of earthiness, perhaps like a rose petal past its prime in the process of drying.
In your mouth, there are light tannins from the skin contact and spicy notes like baking spices with a bit of ginger. There are tart-dried apricot and light curry notes.
You can find this wine here SRP $24