Perfumed aromas of lychee, fresh melon, nectarine, apricot and green tea first leap from the glass. Tertiary aromas of lemongrass, lemon pith, grapefruit zest and candied orange peel emerge as the wine opens. There is a creaminess on the palate, with an intense purity and focus. This is a drier style of this wine than past vintages, and as such there are stony, flinty notes that join the abundant fruit on the palate. Linear, yet rich, this is a truly complex wine that has many more years of life in bottle ahead.
Owned and immaculately tended organically by Don and Kristy Gensler, the Dragonfly Vineyard is one of the most beautiful vineyards Francis Tannahill works with. Planted in 1962, this small five acre vineyard is located above the Columbia Gorge in White Salmon, Washington at an elevation of 1600 feet and is the oldest Gewurztraminer vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. Due to the age of the vineyard, elevation and long hang time, the yields seldom reach more than 1.25 tons per acre. Dragonfly Vineyard is always among the last harvested with concentrated ripe fruit.