Chehalem Mountains sub AVA
Willamette Valley AVA
ut on your german hat and pronounce this varietal like you mean it… GROO-ner VEHLT-ly-ner! As Austria’s most planted grape, Grüner (or GV if you’re one of the cool kids), this white wine is crisp, refreshing and very food friendly. They must know something over there in Europe and we should rejoice that someone was smart enough to bring the vines to the US.
This wine comes from the microscopic Ribbon Ridge sub AVA, within the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains. Filled with mineral notes, this Grüner smelled of wet slate and an orchard of ripe lemons on a warm summer day. In our mouths, this wine tasted like passionfruit and other tropical flavors straight from Hawaii! And wow did it have mineral flavors galore, almost like licking a pencil lead after a good sharpening. With just a kiss of residual sugar, this wine would still be considered quite dry by all standards.
The Winerabblers really enjoyed this wine and think it would be excellent with just about any kind of food. Chehalem Wines might be sold out of this vintage but try whatever they’ve got– we’re confident you won’t be disappointed.