Delfino Vineyards 2011 Müller-Thurgau, Umpqua Valley, $16

By on February 7, 2013

11 Muller Thurgau122811Müller-Thurgau was created by Hermann Müller in the Swiss region of Thurgau in the late 1800s. Müller crossed Riesling and the little-known Madeleine Royale grape, and it is now the second-most-planted grape in Germany (after Riesling). We find it in some of the cooler areas of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington’s Puget Sound AVA and British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. The Delfinos grow some in Southern Oregon, and they have crafted a delicious version. It opens with aromas of Mr. Lincoln rose, lime zest and shaved coconut. On the palate, it is refreshingly more dry than we’re used to with Müller-Thurgau, with flavors of Granny Smith apple and grapefruit. The bright acidity and fresh flavors make this a great pairing with oysters or baked halibut.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 233 cases

Alcohol: 12.3%

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