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Cristom Vineyards

2016 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

2016 Tunkalilla Vineyard Riesling

"In 2005, Brian and Ann Croser began planting the south face of their property that is directly adjacent to our estate Jessie Vineyard. Brian is one of my dear friends and mentors, (not to mention Decanter Magazine’s “Man of the Year!”), and we have developed a great partnership over the last ten years. Now, for me, when it comes to white wine, Riesling is about as good as it gets.  This year, we decided to buy some fruit from Brian and produce our own single vineyard wine from this great site, and made a wine that we enjoy drinking ourselves. It’s pretty dry, with a lot of natural acidity and just the slightest nuance of sweetness from a tiny bit of residual sugar.  At just 175 cases produced, it’s a refreshing wine that’s a sincere expression of a great vineyard site in the Eola Hills." -- Tom Gerrie, Winegrower & Owner
96 points -- The Sommelier Files, January 2018
"Situated next to one of the classic Cristom Pinot Noir vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA; the Riesling blocks at the Tunkalilla Vineyard were developed by Brian and Ann Crosen in 2005. On the nose, this new release features fragrant floral aromas, accented with hints of ripe melons, beeswax, mineral and wild herbs. As the wine opens up, the lovely flavors of ripe peach, melon, golden delicious apple, raw coconut and citrus rind become more complex, concentrated and tangy. The end result is a world-class Riesling that is sophisticated, sexy, and definitely worth exploring in more detail."  - Christopher Sawyer
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/ 750 ml Bottle
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Willamette Valley
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