Dry Creek Valley
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.
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Aromas & Flavors
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 apricot, pear, honey and brown sugar, followed by lush flavors of nutmeg, crème brûlée, nectarine, orange blossom and graham cracker.
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
The grapes are carefully harvested, then placed onto trays where the clusters are inoculated with a pure strain of botrytis and dehydrated for 20 days to 33.2 brix before pressing. The pressed juice is cold settled for four days, then racked to 100% new, select French oak barrels for fermentation. Once the desired alcohol and residual sugar levels are reached, the wine is chilled and filtered to stop fermentation. The wine is aged in barrel for 15 months until bottling.
2015 was one of the earliest harvests in history, as well as another year of drought conditions, though rainfall totals were closer to normal than they had been in years. The growing season began early with bud break in mid-February. Temperatures stayed cool through spring, while very warm weather in July and August allowed fruit to mature and ripen. The last white wine grapes were picked on September 17th.
Fresh Berry Cheesecake
This cheesecake uses walnuts to make a delicious crust. Top with seasonal fresh berries for a tasty dessert. Enjoy!
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