2014 Chehalem Gruner Veltliner "Ridgecrest Vineyards"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Ridgecrest Vineyards"
Wine Category: Gruner Veltliner
Grape blend: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Ribbon Ridge
State or country: OR
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
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