Stephen Reustle, the guru of Grüner in the United States and the first to plant the popular Austrian varietal here commercially, has done it again competition. This time, it’s with his estate Hefeabzug, an Austrian reference for surlie aging. Lime, lemon, grapefruit and white pepper aromas waft from the glass. Lime dominates its fellow citrus fruit on the palate, where the wine’s signature acidity dances across the tongue like a Pop Rocks parade so wild your jaw muscles want to clench and your salivary glands flood over. Reustle says Grüner goes with everything. A summer spent tasting that concept seems in order. It was in the running for Best White Wine at the 2021 Cascadia International following its double gold medal and subsequent two best-of-class awards. And the same wine has grabbed a gold medal at four other U.S. judgings this year.
Production: 430 cases