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A self-admitted wine geek, Tom lives in Northern New Mexico and works as a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory doing numerical neutron transport & large scale code development. He has been tasting wines since 1971, participates locally with a couple of large tasting groups in his area, and is practically a fixture at most California wine festivals, such as the Hospice du Rhône, Rhône Rangers, and ZAP. Other interests: Tom is heavily into competitive sport fencing (foil & epee), biking, cooking, basketball, skiing, backpacking, mountain climbing.

Some Reustle Wines - February 26, 2014

We tried last night (2/26/14) some Reustle Wines:

  1. Reustle GrunerVeltliner Revelation&Sorek Bloc/PrayerRockVnyd (13.7%; www.ReustleVineyards.com; Drk: 2013-2017; 100% SS; 500 cs) Stephen&GloriaReustle/ PrayerRockVnyds/Roseburg/UmpquaVlly/OR 2012: Pale yellow near colorless; strong floral/GV slight peppery/earthy rather spicy quite attractive nose; fairly tart light GV/floral/peppery slight earthy structured dry bit austere flavor; very long tart/dry/bit austere some floral/GV/peppery/earthy rather spicy bit candied finish; very attractive nose but not as intense on the palate; quite likeable GV. $29.00
  2. Reustle Riesling Engedi&Onyx Bloc (12.0%; Drk: 2012-2018; 100% SS; 294 cs) 2010: Pale yellow color; lovely very floral/R/pineapple/mango/grapefruity some Mosel valve oil/petrol/smokey rather Germanic quite lovely nose; fairly tart/dry/tangy/metallic strong appley/grapefruity/pineapple/mango/spicy/floral/R bit Mosel valve oil/petrol bit austere/Germanic flavor; very long tart/tangy/metallic/grapefruity/austere strong pineapple/mango/floral/R slight petrol/valve oil/smokey finish; reminds me of a NaheKabinett; quite a nicely done R in a rather Germanic style. Great price at $21.00
  3. Reustle PinotNoir PishonBloc (13.0%; Drk: 2014-2019; 84% new Fr.oak; 25 brls) 2011: Med.light color; rather earthy/dusty light toasty/oak very pretty cherry/PN/spicy quite attractive nose; bit tart some pencilly/toasty/oak bright/zippy/spicy/cherry/cherry pie/PN light earthy flavor w/ light tannins; lightly tart light/bright/cherry/PN/spicy/cherry pie light earthy finish w/ light/firm tannins; a pretty drinkable PN. $34.00
  4. Reustle Tempranillo Tinnah Bloc (14.3%; Drk: 2011-2020; Fr./Am.oak; 21 brls) 2009: Dark color; rather intense black cherry/boysenberry/Temp some toasty/oak bit chocolaty/licorice slight herbal/ smokey/earthy bit Rioja-like nose; fairly tart/bit sour very strong black cherry/boysenberry/ Temp/black cherry cola some toasty/oak flavor w/ rather hard/rough tannins; very long strong black cherry/ boysenberry/ Temp/black cherry cola light toasty/oak finish w/ strong/hard/rough tannins; still needs some age; reminds a bit of a big Rioja w/ not all the oak; a very good Temp at a good price. $29.00
  5. Reustle Malbec GolgothaBloc (14.3%; Drink: now-2017; Fr.Am.oak; 5 brls) 2012: Very dark/black, very intense boysenberry/blackberry/chocolaty/licorice some toasty/oak bit herbal/rosemary complex nose; soft intense boysenberry/blackberry/chocolaty/black cherry cola rather toasty/oak bit herbal/thyme flavor w/ ample/hard tannins; very long black cherry cola/boysenberry/blackberry/Malbec bit herbal/thyme/ rosemary some toasty/charred/oak finish w/ ample/hard/tough tannins; reminds me a bit of the Lagier-Meredith Malbec, a bit of a very good Cahors w/o the coarse/earthy character; badly needs age; very attractively priced at $31.00.
  6. Reustle Syrah Winemaker'sReserve (13.6%; Drk: now-2021; Fr./Am.oak; 11 brls) 2012: Very dark color; bit herbal/earthy some cracked black pepper strong blueberry/Syrah/boysenberry/licorice light toasty/oak slight pungent/graphite/ozone rather complex nose; fairly tart some tangy/metallic/herbal strong blueberry/Syrah/blackberry light toasty/oak bit earthy/dusty flavor w/ modest/firm tannins; very long light earthy/herbal/dusty strong blueberry/Syrah/blackberry/spicy light toasty/oak finish w/ strong/ firm tannins; needs 4-8 yrs; a very interesting Syrah that reminds me a lot of JohnCabot's HumboltCnty Syrahs; very fairly priced at $39.00
  7. Reustle Syrah Gloria's (13.3%; 100% Am.oak) 2010: Very dark color; beautiful intense cracked black pepper/cold-climate/pungent/mineral/graphite strong blueberry/blackberry/Syrah some whole-cluster/ Rhonish/meaty/roasted rather complex nose; fairly tart/tangy/grapefruity strong cracked black pepper/ cold-climate bit roasted/Rhonish/smokey/graphite/whole-cluster strong blueberry/blackberry/ Syrah/spicy bit earthy complex flavor w/ some hard/rough tannins; very long/lingering very strong blueberry/ blackberry/Syrah/cola some roasted/Rhonish/whole-cluster quite cracked black pepper/cold-climate/ mineral/graphite/pungent finish w/ fairly hard tannins; needs 4-8 yrs or more; some like the Rancho Bodega/Boheme Syrahs from the QueSyrah vnyd; a terrific rather Rhonish Syrah at a very fair price. $42.00

And the usual blabbering from TheBloodyPulpit:

1. Reustle/PrayerRockVnyd: One of the members in our group is a big fan of SteveReustle's wines. I'd never heard of them before, nor ever tried any UmpquaVlly wines. So Skip made arrangements for these first 6 wines to be sent us to try. The Gloria came from his own stash.

Reustle was the first in the USofA to release a Gruner, in 2005. Being a folower of GV in Calif, I was
eager to try their rendition. It spoke strongly of GV and a very well-made wine. Not quite the intensity
of the Carlisle or the Solminer in Calif, but better than most of the other ones I've tried.

Of the whites, most people's favorite seemed to be the Riesling. It had strong pineapple character w/
some Germanic valve oil nots and not the tutti-fruity character of some OR/WA Rieslings.
I was quite impressed by Steve's reds, especially the last four, particularly the two Syrahs. The Gloria's was as good a Syrah as any you can find in Calif.

These were my first wines from the UmpquaVlly. Looking at the pics of the area and tasting the reds, they reminded me a lot of the wines from JohnCabot's HumboltCnty vnyd and some of those from StuBewley's Alder Springs vnyd, with their slightly herbal/earthy character. Definitely an area I'd like to explore. A real discovery for me.


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