Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Engedi & Onyx Bloc Riesling, Umpqua Valley, $21

By on January 11, 2016

reustle-prayer-rock-vineyards-engedi-&-onyx-bloc-riesling-2014-label1Award-winning Syrah producer Stephen Reustle first gained fame for his pioneering work in the United States with the Austria white grape Grüner Veltliner, so it’s no surprise for him to earn acclaim with Riesling. He farms four clones — 02, 09, 12 and 239 — across his Prayer Rock and Romancing Rock vineyards, and the 3.5 acres of plantings provide some scale to his Riesling program. The nose offers fruity hints of peach, Asian pear, honeydew melon, plantain and kiwi fruit along with clove and pleasing fumes of petrol that should develop further with aging. On the palate, there’s a good blast of early acidity in green apple and pear flavors. It follows with a kiss of sweet kiwi before the fascinating finish of minerality and lemon zest. The Reustles suggest presenting this with a wedge of Gouda cheese or alongside dishes with a heritage of Mexico, India and Thailand.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 338 cases

Alcohol: 12.6%

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