2009 Gruner Veltliner Reserve wins in Best of the Best Competition

January 10, 2011

Wine Press Northwest is a quarterly magazine focusing on the wines, wineries and winemakers of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. In its 11th year, the Platinum Judging features the best-of-the-best from the Northwest. To qualify to compete, a wine must have won a gold medal in one of the 30 competitions that Wine Press Northwest monitors. This year's competition included 538 wines, and each wine was evaluated under single-blind peer-group conditions.

Double Platinum - Only 8 of these Medals Awarded

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Reserve Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $26 This variety, best known in the Danube region of Austria, is gaining notoriety in the United States, thanks to the hard work of owner/winemaker Stephen Reustle, who was among the first to grow the white variety. This is a superb wine with aromas of lemon zest and steely minerality. Its elegant shyness gives way to beautiful viscosity with touches of lemon and even a hint of lychee. Won chairman's award and unanimous gold at the Riverside International Wine Competition. (233 cases, 13.4% alc.)

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