2015 Chehalem Gruner Veltliner "Wind Ridge Block"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Wind Ridge Block"
Wine Category: Gruner Veltliner
Grape blend: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Ribbon Ridge
State or country: OR
Cases produced: 449
KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: August 16, 2016
Wine Review: This pale straw colored Gruner Veltliner from Oregon opens with musty Bosc pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, acidic and crisp. The flavor profile is a mineral infused green apple with notes of quince. I also detected hints of red grapefruit and Bosc pear. The finish is dry and refreshing. This Gruner would pair well with pan fried largemouth bass with lemon garlic herb butter sauce. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Gruner plays well with a warmer vintage, showing richness from warm growing days balancing out spice and herbal notes naturally in the grape. 2015 gave us great warmth, but this wine shows restraint and elegance. The nose shows green apple, talc, tarragon, and pollen, along with the characteristic traits of white pepper and ginger. On the palate we have luscious peach, matcha tea, and creaminess from neutral barrels, paired with lime peel, grapefruit, wet stone and bright salinity from the stainless steel portion. A lovely balance of strength and restraint.
Organic status: not organic
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