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Date:December 21, 2015

2013 Reustle Vineyards Masada Bloc Syrah

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2013 Reustle Vineyards Masada Bloc Syrah

2013 Reustle Vineyards Masada Bloc Syrah

Prayer Rock Vineyards
Umpqua Valley sub AVA
Southern Oregon AVA
Oregon

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tephen and Gloria Reustle are some of the nicest and most generous people you’ll met in Oregon’s wine industry. Wine is a second career for both of them and they were very methodical throughout the process of creating their winery and brand.

After a very thorough search, they chose their ideal vineyard site near Roseburg in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Then they carefully selected and planted the grape clones and varietals on their Prayer Rock Vineyard. With the vineyard planted, they designed and built a winery with caves and underground areas that stay a consistent temperature throughout the long hot summers, the perfect environment for storing and aging wines. Improvements continued and now the winery has an amphitheater and collannade, serving as a great space for wine events.

All their hard work really paid off with their recent 6 Nations Challenge award of Best Syrah of the New World, beating out 51 other Syrah wines from the US, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. The Reustle Vineyards 2012 vintage of this same Masada Bloc was the winning wine! This win also placed the Umpqua Valley wine region squarely on the map for producing excellent Syrah.

The Masada Bloc of the vineyard grows grapes that the Reustle’s deem special enough to bottle separately from the rest of their estate grown Syrah. And the 2013 vintage was remarkable, with heavy mineral aromas combined with cherries, eucalyptus and cracked black pepper. On the palate, we experienced nice acidity along with lovely tart flavors of cranberries and rhubarb with sour cherries and a long black pepper finish.

We think this Syrah would be great paired with prime rib, spaghetti and turkey meatballs or a wild mushroom risotto topped with freshly ground black pepper.

SRP $32.

www.reustlevineyards.com

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  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse} Reply

    Great description1 Merry Christmas!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Thanks Meredith! Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Create/Enjoy Reply

    Sounds lovely! Must be nice to meet the makers.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      We believe that wines usually taste better when you’ve had a chance to meet the owners and winemakers!

  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife Reply

    I’ve never heard of this wine before, and I haven’t seen it in town. Do you know where we can find it in Portland? Thanks for the review!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Marlynn- I’ll find out from the winery and let you, ok?

    • Timothy Nishimoto Reply

      I’m the wine buyer at Made in Oregon, and you may be able to find this wine on our websote or at our stores soon! That is, if it is still available from their distributor here!

      • Michele Francisco
        Michele Francisco Reply

        Hi Timothy- thanks for dropping in and giving us the scoop! The Winerabblers love your store! Cheers and happy holidays, Michele

  4. Melissa Reply

    Sounds like an interesting location for the winery!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Melissa- I hope you someday get the chance to visit them in the Umpqua Valley, it’s a beautiful setting!

  5. Erin @ Platings and Pairings Reply

    I love the Syrahs coming out of the Umpqua Valley – Will definitely need to give this special one a try!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Erin- We tasted several of their different syrahs and found them all to be really wonderful. I’ll have more tasting notes up soon. What are your favorites from down that way?

  6. “We believe that wines usually taste better when you’ve had a chance to meet the owners and winemakers!” I totally agree! (In fact, I’ve had a post peculating on that very subject for a few months now). Thanks for the review and the pairing ideas.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Renée- thanks for stopping by and I hope you do write that post! Happy holidays, Michele

  7. Richard Z. Reply

    We have been Wine Club members at Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards & Winery since 2009. Stephen & Gloria are as described and their true love of their fine wines and love for their patrons is very genuine and leaves everyone feeling like they are best friends. The entire staff is just as warm and friendly as the owners making a visit here one to remember.

    This is a must place to visit when driving I-5 near Roseburg, Oregon!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      We couldn’t agree more Richard! Thanks for dropping by and seconding our recommendation to visit the Reustle family!

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