VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards
Reustle (pronounced "rus'el") Prayer Rock Vineyards is a family owned winery located in the Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon. Stephen and Gloria Reustle moved their family to Oregon and established vineyards in 2001. Estate grown wines were first offered in 2004.
Named 2010 Small Winery of the year by the Riverside International Wine Competition, Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards produces all estate grown wines on 40 acres of steep, hillside vineyards (Prayer Rock Vineyrd and Romancing Rock Vineyard) in Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley. This winery produces about 8,000 cases per year of a dozen different varietals, reserves and blends.
Ten of the winery's wines out of ten invited to compete in Wine Press Northwest 2014 "Best of the Best in the Pacific Northwest" wine competition received a gold medal or higher.
Three Pinot Noirs are offered: "Pichon Bloc" in Prayer Rock Vineyard, Winemaker's Reserve, and "Best Barrel."
The winery's tasting room program includes a sit-down wine and appetizer pairing in an underground wine cave. The tasting room, located at 960 Cal Henry Road in Roseburg, is open Tuesday-Saturday. The wines are sold on the website. A guest house is availabe.
Articles About Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards
2013 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards Winemaker’s Reserve Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.68, 600 cases, $39. Warmest vintage since 2004. From estate Prayer Rock and Romancing Rock vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated yeast ferments in 1-ton fermenters, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 85% of which were new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Demure wild berry aromas with hints of floral bouquet and oak. Very smooth and polished on the palate with mid weight flavors of ripe, sweet cherry, black raspberry and cola. Nicely integrated tannins and oak. More sap and structure than the 2011 bottling tasted here, offering more overall pleasure. Score: 90. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »
2011 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards “Pichon Bloc” Prayer Rock Vineyard Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., pH 3.90, TA 0.63, 625 cases, $34. Sourced from Pichon Block in Prayer Rock Vineyard, named for river that flowed out of the Garden of Eden as noted in Genesis 2:11. High elevation at 660’. Dijon clones. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated yeast ferments, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 84% of which was new. · Light red cherry color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of dusty cherry and raspberry with an oak compliment. Elegantly crafted, with light to mid weight flavors of red cherry and red berry with a hint of spice. Supple tannins and easy drink ability. A nice reflection of the vintage. Score: 88. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »
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