Chehalem Mountains sub AVA
Willamette Valley AVA
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Kudos to all the wineries who have adopted the International Riesling Foundation (IRF) Scale. Not familiar with a winery’s riesling, this can help you find one to your liking. The handy scale can be found on the back labels of many bottles of riesling, including this dry wine made by Anam Cara Cellars.
Swirling the wine in our glasses produced notes of tart grapefruit combined with slaty minerals and a hint of an herbaceous quality. We would liken the aroma to when you track fresh grass clippings over a wet sidewalk. In our mouths, we discovered grapefruit, lemons and tangy granny smith apples. We also tasted that hint of petrol often found in this varietal along with the flavor of starfruit. The finish offered a lovely transition from dry to a hint of sweetness.
Sheila Nicholas, owner of Anam Cara, recommended drinking this wine with fish and chips and fried calamari. We also think it would pair well with soft cheeses, thai curry and onion rings, but maybe not all at the same time.