2017 Grüner Veltliner
Raptor Ridge Estate Grüner Veltliner was planted in 2006 on our Chehalem Mountains Estate, Tuscowallame Vineyard. Situated at about 500 feet elevation on Laurelwood Soils that resemble the loess soils of Austria, the site is ideal for producing new- world Grüner. This vintage, to create more pallet weight and complexity, we fermented 9.4% of the total volume in neutral French oak barrels, using VL1 yeast. The balance of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tank using 58W3 yeast. This is a departure from our traditional 100% stainless-steel fermentation. We consider this wine “distinctive” because it is one of only a handful of Pacific Northwest Grüner Veltliners, and one of very few domestic wines of its type. At the same time, our Estate Vineyard soil bears a strong resemblance to that of Lower Austria, so we feel Grüner is right at home on our Chehalem Mountains property.
We love Grüner Veltliner’s versatility, due to the balanced fruit, acid and minerality when pairing with a wide variety of fare. Though this would be superb with anything from spicy Thai to delicate fish preparations, we keep hankering for raw oysters on the half shell whenever we open a bottle!