2011 R. Stuart & Co. Ana Vineyard Riesling

2011 R. Stuart & Co. Ana Vineyard Riesling2011 R. Stuart & Co. Ana Vineyard Riesling

Ana Vineyard
Willamette Valley

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Little known fact (unless you’re really into wine), Oregon rieslings have such high acidity that they age beautifully. And this wine is a great example!

So here’s the story… we have a sea of wines stashed away in our wine fridge for special and not so special occasions and this bottle got lost! When I pulled it out, I was excited but also a tad worried that it might be past its prime drinking window. Happily, it was just one more pleasant reminder that Oregon rieslings rock with some time in the bottle!

After we popped the glass stopper out of the bottle and poured this riesling in our glasses, we found notes of fresh rain, petrol, lime zest, passionfruit, grapefruit and sweet tart candies. So tart and delightful, this riesling still had great acidity and youth.

If you happen to have a bottle of this wine, pair with a summer salad with grapefruit, oysters or this Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups suggested by Maria Stuart.

Sadly, Maria informed me that after someone bought the Ana Vineyard, the Stuarts lost access to that wonderful Riesling. And even worse, the new owners grafted over the riesling plants with Pinot noir…serious bummer. As they search for a new fruit source, please be sure to visit the super-cute R. Stuart tasting bar in downtown McMinnville to try all their wines, including a couple of sparkling wines!


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  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife Reply

    Love how Oregon rieslings can age so well! I haven’t had her riesling before, but I do love her wines and will have to see if I can find this one the next time I am out and about. Thanks for the tip!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      It’s possible that our local grocery stores and wine shops might have a bottle tucked away and either not know it or understand just how special is it! Good luck finding one 😉

  2. I don’t typically reach for a riesling, but I had a glass of it earlier this week when the weather was so beautiful. Maybe it was the sun, or maybe it was that I actually love riesling, but that wine was perfect.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Haha Catherine! Happy to hear you enjoyed a glass of riesling and I’ve been attributing any odd behavior to an overdose of Vitamin D! Hopefully more summer-like weather will come back soon.

  3. Brianne Reply

    I have been on a huge Riesling kick lately, always seeking out the elusive dry riesling. I’ve never tried (or even heard of) this one, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Me too Brianne! If you can’t find this bottle, consider picking up some made by Brooks or Chehalem, two of my other fav riesling producers! Thanks for stopping by, Michele

  4. Mary Reply

    I have to admit I’m not the worlds biggest riesling fan, BUT I do love me a good Oregon riesling! They shine so beautifully here. And I do love all R. Stuart & Co wines! They’re all fantastic.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Mary- I agree, Oregon does have a group of talented grape growers and winemakers dedicated to making excellent rieslings! And Rob Stuart is such a skilled guy, all his wines are great!

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