Dry Creek Valley
Gold Medal. This Sauternes-style dessert wine is like liquid gold, hence the name, Eldorado Gold. Made from Semillon grapes grown right here in Dry Creek Valley, 2013 is the first vintage of this wine since 2010, and we think it’s worth the wait. Get yours soon, though, because there’s only a couple cases left!
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Aromas & Flavors
The 2013 Eldorado Gold is a truly unique dessert wine made from Semillon grapes grown in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. This wine is created when a beneficial mold, botrytris cinerea, infects the grapes which evaporates the water content and concentrates the sugars, acids and flavors. Eldorado Gold has enticing aromas of dried apricot, orange peel, honey, nutmeg, pralines, maple and vanilla bean, followed by lush flavors of apricot, honey, caramel and pecans with a long, smooth, toasty finish.
Eldorado Gold is exceptional paired with light fruit desserts such as apricot or apple tart, lemon desserts, and hazelnut or almond cookies. Dense, buttery pound cake, summer berries, crème brûlée, caramel sauce and aged cheeses also pair nicely.
How It's Made
In September, the Semillon grapes were carefully harvested from our Magnolia vineyard and placed onto trays. After arriving at the winery, the clusters were inoculated with a pure strain of botrytis, then dehydrated for 17 days to 39.1 brix before pressing. The pressed juice was cold settled for two days, then racked to 100% new, select French oak barrels for fermentation. Once the desired alcohol and residual sugar levels were reached, the wine was chilled and filtered to stop fermentation. The wine aged in barrel for 18 months until bottling.
Overall, 2013 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set and average rainfall led to normal and above-normal yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any drastic heat spikes or major rain events allowed for longer “hang time”, leading to fully ripe flavors.
Apricot Almond Biscotti
These mouth-watering cookies are perfect with after dinner coffee or as a snack any time. Apricot and almond with a bit of white chocolate, it's hard to eat just one!
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