The versatility of Stephen Reustle’s site west of Sutherlin, Ore., continues to amaze competition judges and consumers, and the decorated self-taught winemaker began his journey with Sauvignon Blanc by sourcing clone 01 material from the University of California-Davis. Those cuttings were brought to the West Coast in the 19th century by industry pioneer Charles Wetmore, who acquired them from Bordeaux icon Château d’Yquem. This bottling releases aromas of grapefruit, lemon, kiwi and jasmine, which entice the palate with similar fruit flavors. There’s a lick of candied pineapple on the midpalate, chased by mouth-watering lime zest and a sense of slate. The Reustles suggest serving this with halibut, oysters or goat cheese. This earned a double gold medal during the 2023 Cascadia International.
Rating: Outstanding! — 91 points
Production: 327 cases