Appellation: Umpqua Valley
Stephen Reustle earned Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year award for his talent with a variety of grapes, including Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Tempranillo and Sauvignon Blanc, but his work with the Austrian white Grüner Veltliner (GREW-ner VELT-leener) has been groundbreaking. After all, Reustle was the first in the U.S. to grow and bottle Grüner. He began with the 2005 vintage and earned immediate acclaim. The self-trained winemaker produces several expressions of GV, but the reference here to hefeabzug denotes that this was aged on the lees. Beer lovers may recognize “hefe” as the German word for yeast. This example offers lime peel, white pepper and tarragon on the nose. Inside, it is perfectly herbaceous and bright as the moderate-plus acidity is paired spot-on with the creamy entry to the palate from the lees aging. Then you are filled with orange cream, honeyed lavender, shortbread, and a slice of fresh green bean. This fall, it received a gold medal at the 2020 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, a judging staged at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., on behalf of sommeliers, wine merchants and journalists from across the country.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine.
Production: 410 cases
Food pairings: Bring this along to the Thanksgiving dinner table, where it will be delicious with turkey and herby stuffing, enjoy with your favorite Asian-inspired dish or any appetizer.
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards
960 Cal Henry Road
Roseburg, OR 97471
The Reustle family also operates The Carriage House at Prayer Rock Vineyards Inn, which is positioned between the vineyards and the winery.
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