2011 GEM
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2011 GEM
2011 GEM
2011 GEM
2011 GEM
2011 GEM
2011 GEM

Damiani's very first dessert wine!

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About This Item


Varietal:  100% fortified Gewürztraminer
Cellared 7 months in neutral French oak barrels, then unfermented Gewürztraminer juice added.


Harvest Date: 10/15/2011
Harvest Brix: 22.6°
Residual Sugar: 18.0%
Alcohol: 19.0%
Total Acidity: 3.0 g/L
pH: 3.70

Bottling Date: 6/25/2012
Cases Produced: 37

Unfined & Unfiltered

Viticulture & Vineyard Site

Sunrise Hill Vineyard, a picturesque landscape located on the western side of Cayuga Lake, is owned and operated by Bob and Kathy Ruis.  Here, 12 acres of eastern-facing vinifera grapes are grown.  The combination of soil, location and climate produce grapes that are packed with bright, fruit-focused flavors with just a hint of mineral and spice.

Tasting Notes & Food Pairing

Drink - 2027+.  Serving Temp: 47 - 50° f

Gem is our very first Dessert wine; a fortified Gewürztraminer with fresh Gewürz juice added, made in the style of a Pineaux des Charantes.  The color of rich honeyed gold fairly glows, begging you inhale its aroma and palate of creamy vanilla, apricots and orange zest marmalade.  The finish draws out on your tongue with dancing notes of caramelized sugar and candied ginger!  

Food pairing pending

Vintage Notes


The spring of 2011, and the beginning of our growing season started quite wet, but the months ahead remained warm and relatively dry. This balance in the weather patterns created great growing conditions for our grapes, with a decent amount of rain and cautiously warm temperatures, the grapes grew and developed near perfectly. With the increase in rainfall during September came the challenge of harvesting before the grapes took on too much water - which we conquered! Wines from the 2011 vintage aregraceful, balanced, and bursting with bright acidity.