Hillcrest Vineyard, Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon
Owner/winemaker Dyson DeMara first planted rare Northern Italian red grape Teroldego, pronounced te-rol-de-go, on his estate vineyard in 2001. Prized for its intense, rich color and that winning combo of higher acidity and lower alcohol levels, it’s no wonder that Dyson was drawn to the grape. After his experimental planting did well and he liked the fruit, Dyson added more and now has 3 acres of the varietal planted in rocky soil near the Umpqua River.
Using Old World winemaking tools and techniques, including large, custom-made concrete fermenters and extended barrel and bottle aging, the night I drank this wine, it still tasted fresh and bright– quite youthful considering the vintage! I believe that Dyson and Hillcrest have only just scratched the surface of what Teroldego can be in Oregon. Buy several bottles to drink over the next decade (or more) and see how the wine evolves as it continues to age.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.