Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Estate Smaragd Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

By on March 13, 2019

Southern Oregon, the Umpqua Valley in particular, has become a remarkable home to pioneering winemaking. Stephen Reustle began his trailblazing with the Austria white variety Grüner Veltliner in 2005. A decade later, he remains the United States’s premier producer. This work with clone 01 is utterly fascinating, yet not overly geeky. The nose of lime, honeydew melon, jicama and river rock transcends into flavors of Bosc pear and starfruit. Along the edges of Key lime and flecks of minerality there’s lemon curd creaminess for an impressive yet friendly finish that should play nicely with veggies and seafood as well as chicken and pork.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 465 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

One Comment

  1. stephen reustle

    March 30, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Thank you both for the “Outstanding” rating for our GV. It is rewarding to see your panel’s understanding of this truly remarkable varietal. GV is gaining more and more prominence in the USA… when made correctly, it is the most age-worthy and food friendly wine on the planet. We are proud to have been the first to introduce this varietal to the USA in 2005. Stephen M. Reustle

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