TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Vermentino Secco, Southern Oregon, $27

tesoaria-vermentinoSouthern Oregon pioneer Dick Troon introduced this white Italian grape to the Pacific Northwest. TeSóAria’s founding winemaker John Olson is helping to build a market for Vermentino at both ends of Oregon via his own work at the estate Celestina Vineyard in the South Medford foothills. Researchers have linked the grape’s heritage to the Hungarian variety Furmint, and the nose might remind some of a Muscadet, bringing lots of mineralty, seashells, jasmine, citrus and gooseberry pie. On the palate, there’s a delicious and fun sheen of viscosity that loads flavors of mint jelly, Jolly Rancher green apple candy and Italian lime soda. Look for these wines in his Southern Oregon tasting room in Roseburg as well as his tasting room just a few blocks west of renowned Ned Ludd restaurant in Portland. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 99 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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