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2010 Chehalem Gruner Veltliner "Ribbon Ridge"

Winery: Chehalem

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Ribbon Ridge"

Wine Category: Gruner Veltliner

Grape blend: 100% Gruner Veltliner

Region: Ribbon Ridge

State or country: OR

Price: $21

Cases produced: 207

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: May 2, 2012

Wine Review: This pale white gold colored wine is a rarity. It is a Gruner Veltliner from Oregon. It opens with a pleasant tangerine bouquet with a hint of wet stone, spice, and Bosc Pear. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, round and slightly acidic. The flavor profile is a pleasant green apple with notes of minerality and Bosc pear. I also detected a hint of white pepper and lime. The finish is dry, crisp and refreshing. This is a very flavorful white wine that will pair very well with steamed mussels in a garlic white wine broth. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Fruity and spicy components combine, with ripe peach, stone, white flower, licorice, white pepper aromas and flavors, with great texture and weight ending in a ripe white fruit finish. The third vintage bottling of Gruner.

Organic status: not organic

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