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So mouthwatering my nose puckered when the wine hit the glass. Racy acidity mingles with a touch of natural sweetness. Think the scent of a juicy apple meets a fresh pear. The intermingled flavors of this perfect summer white are seamless: mango marries a smoky savoriness with undertones of flinty minerals and a sense of lift on the finish. At dinner that night, a collective moan was heard through the room when the bottle ran dry. My advice? Buy more than one bottle!

Grown in one of the few vineyards with alluvial soil in Oregon way down south in the Illinois Valley. In the hands of John and Ksenija, this site's potential is tough to beat. - Andy

An original and delicious Riesling, powerful and exciting. John and Ksenija combine the essence of Riesling with a new-world twist all their own. Smoky flint, hint of oranges and peaches, clean fresh citrus-driven acidity.

White, light gold hue. A cornucopia of classic Loire aromas on the nose, which starts with smoky, gun flint, with marzipan fruits, but with a chalky-stony character and a touch of sherbet. As it opens, it shows more citrus blossom and orange peel, a fresh bacon element as well. Expansive mid palate presence, with tight, persistent linear acids, a slightly unexpected oily richness given the low alcohol. Finish shows just ripe white peach, and extends over the course of 30 seconds. Perfect for brown butter scallops, and heavy egg yolky fresh pasta.

In the deep forest, somewhere on the Oregon/California border, exists a vineyard far from any civilization. The only thing close is an old sip and stop grocery that closed long before our time. It's under the radar if you will, almost as if the lines on the map stopped, and this place was beyond. That's what the wine conjures, an unusual place from a different time. - the winery

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From the winery:

You're blindfolded, thrown in the back of an old pick up and driven over what felt like a gravelly stone road, only to be tossed out. Through the dust, you peel the blindfold off, managing to stare at the ground...for a moment you think, "how did I get to the Rhone?". This unusual site is packed full of alluvial soil that resembles the galets that are rarely found in wine regions outside of the Rhone valley. An old creek washed these heat soaking stones into this vineyard years ago, along with a heavy packing of silt.

This vineyard we affectionately think of as "Off the Grid" could've been planted to Pinot Noir, or some other varietal that is monetarily sound in this economy, but the surrounding Siskiyou mountains, nutrient depleted soil and severe temperature swings just begged for Riesling and Pinot Blanc. The wines from this site have shown a distinct smoky, gun flint aroma that we have not detected from any other site.

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