I know… I have to do better with the title of these blog posts. I’ve expended my creative energy for a 24-hour period with the title, so I’ll stick to the basics for this post. Yet another perfect 70 degree evening here in Virginia – sitting on the deck with my wife, eating fish tacos, watching the ducks try to get in on with each other in the lake, enjoying a straight-forward summer wine ideal for just vegging out after a long day.
Borealis: The Northern Whites from Montinore Estates, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. An interesting blend of 60% Muller-Thurgau, 23% Gewertz, and 17% Pinot Gris. Now that’s a food friendly, perfect summer blend. Very fresh nose of peach, green apple and pear. Lively acidity with a reasonable amount of ‘sweetness’ with flavors of pineapple, apple and peach in the mouth. Just $13/bottle.
Montinore, with 230 acres under vine, converted to Biodynamic viticulture in 2005 and received full Demeter Biodynamic Certification and Organic Certification in 2008.
Muller-Thurgau factoid: The Muller-Thurgau varietal was developed by Dr. Hermann Muller in 1882 – his intention was to combine the intensity and complexity of Riesling with the early ripening potential of the Silvaner grape. By the 1970’s, the Muller-Thurgau became Germany’s most-planted grape. Although plantings have decreased significantly, as of 2006 it was still Germany’s second most planted variety at 14,000 hectares and 13.7% of the total hectares under vine.
Yet another excellent example of awesome wine coming out of the Willamette Valley. I hope to fit in a visit to Montiore in during my upcoming trip to the Willamette Valley.