Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

By on January 30, 2016

reustle-prayer-rock-vineyards-winemakers-reserve-grüner-veltliner-2013-bottle.pngStephen Reustle’s passion for the signature white grape of Austria began with a motorcycle trip through the Alps, and this vintage marked the 10th anniversary of establishing the variety on a commercial scale in Southern Oregon. It now accounts for 5 of his 40 planted acres, and he creates several expressions of Grüner. There’s a lean minerality to the nose with Granny Smith apple, starfruit, lime zest and seashells. On the palate, it’s clean and bright with more green apple and lime candy flavors. Its flash of residual sugar to round the edges also lends itself to Thai food and a plate of cheese and fresh vegetables.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 670 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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