Hanson Vineyards 2017 Gewürztraminer

Let the grapes work their magic

With all the attention paid to the west side of the Willamette Valley, it can be easy to overlook what’s happening on the east side. If you did, you’d miss one of the gems.

Winemaker Jason Hanson’s family has been farming the same plot of land in Woodburn for close to a hundred years. Their first official foray into winemaking began in this century, but their history with grapes is much longer. During Prohibition, Jason’s great-grandfather had a substantial planting of concord and Niagara grapes which he sold throughout the area for “less than legal purposes”.

His father, Clark Hanson had been a hobbyist winemaker for years, but it was Jason’s return from the political scene in Washington DC that turned the hobby into a fully functioning winery. Jason’s winemaking philosophy is simple – grow good quality grapes, pick them by hand, put them in a barrel, and the grapes will do the rest.

What’s next? The Hansons have planted grapes indigenous to Russia in hopes of making wine for their neighbors in the Russian community in Woodburn. We can’t wait to try it!

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Hanson Vineyards, Woodburn, Oregon
2017 Gewürztraminer

It’s right there in the name – gewürz is a German word that means “spice”. And a good Gewürztraminer will pop you in the nose with notes of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and rose.

Unlike the sweet, perfume-laden wine you’d find in the back of your grandmother’s pantry, this Gewürztraminer is a dry wine with plenty of richness and character.

While there’s plenty of sticky, sweet overly-floral Gewürztraminer in the world, a good edition made in true Alsatian style can be a strong, age-worthy wine that holds its own with the best wines in the world.

This wine is lovely. A richer style white wine than you may be expecting, it has all the wonderful spicy notes that good Gewürztraminers are known for.

A Cellar 503 selection in July 2019, Summer Party Wines Willamette Valley | Gewürztraminer

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