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2014 Chehalem Gruner Veltliner "Ridgecrest Vineyards"

Winery: Chehalem

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Ridgecrest Vineyards"

Wine Category: Gruner Veltliner

Grape blend: 100% Gruner Veltliner

Region: Ribbon Ridge

State or country: OR

Price: $24

Cases produced: 767

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 24, 2015

Wine Review: This pale straw colored Gruner Vetliner from Chehalem is very good. It is one of the top US Gruner’s that I cover. It opens with a wet stone and Anjou pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, crisp, acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty lime with notes of nicely integrated flinty minerality and quince. I also detected hints of white pepper and kiss if yellow grapefruit. The finish is dry and its flavors and acidity linger briefly. This wine is food friendly and would pair well with steamed mussels. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This wine is classically a Chehalem Grüner, if there is such a thing…we noted, as we often do with our Grüner, the opening aromatics of sage and lemongrass, some artichoke flower, lemon curd, and fresh cut grass. The palate is luscious and richer, texturally, than a cooler vintage may show, with cream soda and quince, white nectarines, and a round fleshiness that arises from some neutral barrel time and lees stirring. Balanced, luscious, fresh, and quickly becoming a Chehalem classic.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Chehalem 2014 Gruner Veltliner.

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