Best Buy! A delicious winemaking equation that includes low alcohol and 5% residual sugar led Don Crank’s entry to a gold medal in the off-dry Riesling category at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Harvest during a warm vintage from the 145-acre Tualatin Estate Vineyard in Forest Grove and Kraemer Farms in Mount Angel extended crush into Nov. 12, leading to gorgeous aromas of apricot, dried pineapple and beeswax. On the palate, it’s juicy with more pineapple, apricot and Pink Lady apple, all presented with great acidity. On the International Riesling Foundation Taste Profile scale, this checks in at the lower end of “Medium Sweet,” making it ideal of a steaming bowl of spicy pho, but suggested pairings also include soft cheeses, caramelized pear and lightly flavored cheesecake. It’s also one of Oregon’s largest productions of Riesling, and production increased by about 50 percent from 2012.
Production: 25,600 cases