2020 Ribbon Ridge Grüner Veltliner
Fermented in a third stainless steel, a third neutral oak, and a third in concrete vessels, our 2020 Grüner Veltliner is elegant and soft but with vibrant power. Aromatically, there are concise and delicate tones of lemon and lime, white pepper, unripe pear, and ginger with a touch of sweetness. The palate is balanced well with a soft, lingering mineral texture and a juicy yet restrained vibrancy on the finish. This wine will age lovely but is showing excellent now.
The 2020 vintage started like a classic, cool-climate Oregon growing season. A cold spike and rain event during bloom created a historically low fruit set. Summer was moderate, and the clusters growing on the vines were extremely small with tiny berries bursting with flavor. As harvest was starting in early September, a freak windstorm created wildfires putting the vintage in jeopardy. We persisted because of our conviction for the fruit’s quality and our belief in our winemaking team’s ability. The resulting 2020 wines are dense with layers of aromatics and structure. Despite challenges, the 2020 wines are beautiful.