2013 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling

SKU #1165370

Barnaby and Olga Tuttle'e Portland-based Teutonic Wine Company, is, need we say, an idiosyncratic outfit focused on German and Alsatian wine styles. And obsessively focused on terroir--they now collect grapes before harvest from each vineyard in order to start a native yeast culture for each fermentation. This Riesling is typically low alcohol and high residual sugar and pH, causing Wine Advocate reviewer David Schildknecht to nearly flip out over the 2012 vintage: "Unlike virtually any other non-dry German Riesling I have tasted, wherein 20 grams of residual sugar would stick out as overtly sweet even if the acidity was sky-high and the pH under 3.0, here those 20 grams and that (on paper) wince-inducing pH collaborate just as they would in the best German examples, for supportive sweetness barely detectable as such...I have tasted at this address some of the alcoholically lightest as well as most piercingly high-acid wines in my experience (and I don’t mean merely my North American experience)..." (10/2013)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/14/2014  | Send Email
I love German Riesling; it gives me the tingles. It's rare that I find domestic Riesling that evokes the same feeling, but Teutonic nailed it with this one. It has a distinctive, citrus and beeswax nose with a subtle underpinning of botrytis. All those characteristics are well-integrated on the palate, which is precise and long. Delicious.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2014  | Send Email
Yet another delicious bottling from the folks at Teutonic, their Crow Valley Riesling starts off floral, appley and with a creamy texture, with balanced but noticeable residual sugar. Give it some time (in my case, the better part of a week in the fridge) and it develops into an even more acid driven wine, with admirable intensity and LOTS of length. Maybe even what the critics call a "30+ second finish"! Very good value here.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/10/2014  | Send Email
Stupendous wine that comes closest to recreating Germany here in the states. The nose is just faintly showing fruit cocktail, almost like a classic Mosel Riesling, and the weight of the wine is medium-bodied and round. This wine is screaming for a plate of sausages and some cheese. Dynamite stuff.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 10.59