Kriselle Cellars – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

I am, most generally, a red wine guy.  I have tried to be one of those people that like everything . . .red, Pink, white . . .but I have to say, for many options, I tolerate them.  Most tasting rooms start you with one of their “delectable” white wines.  For most, in the Willamette Valley anyway, that white is Pinot Gris.  And most of the time, it’s just BLAH . . . like really, really weak lemonade.  There are, of course, exceptions.  I have found really nice and complex Pinot Gris at Eyrie Vineyards, Remy Wines, and Willamette Valley Vineyards.  But rarely do I find other whites that impress my palate enough to buy any.  That changed when we went on our trek to Southern Oregon a few months ago.  I discovered that I can find some white wines that are the opposite of BLAH.

I was impressed with the Chardonnay from Roxyann, the Semillion blend from Agate Ridge, and equally impressed with the Sauvignon Blanc from Kriselle Cellars.  The warm climate and volcanic soils in Southern Oregon create within the wines an “edge” that many others don’t have.  The acidity and structure of this Sauv Blanc is really nice.  And unlike most white wines, this one has a complexity to it, a structure that many do not have.  It hits me first with green apple, and a bit of citrus (my palate is not educated enough yet to filter all the wonderful possibilities that others can pick out . . . I settle on Citrus).  It is crisp and clean and the acidity causes a nice mouth-watering sensation, begging me to go back for more.

Kriselle Cellars is a beautiful winery, nestled in the Umpqua Valley along the Rogue Wine Trail, just north of Medford.  I reviewed a large portion of their wine offerings in an earlier blog.  They are really tremendous.  Scott Steingraber, owner and winemaker at Kriselle Cellars, began making wine about 15 yrs ago.  Scott’s work as a civil engineer took him the San Francsco Bay area where he discovered great wine in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  His expressions of the grapes grown in Southern Oregon are really something that needs to be experienced.


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